Bees camp prepare for U's clash

Last updated : 01 February 2002 By
Coppell has spoke about tomorrows match and said "We could have done with following up that win (Brighton) with a game straight away but it has given us a chance to recharge and prepare for a tough few months."

"They (Swindon) will have a point to prove to their fans and will be trying to end a little run of defeats as hard as we will be trying to get three points."

Big Ben is in fine form scoring for the Bees & ROI in the last two matches he has played, and is determined to stop the away rot that the Bees have expereinced.

"We have to make sure we carry on where we left off against Brighton last week tomorrow" he said.

"We played well and everyone was up for it, but we have to make sure we are consistent or wins like that count for nothing."

He added: "It is a pleasure to play alongside Lloyd Owusu because he does so much hard work and has created so many of my goals this season.

"We work really well together and have a good understanding, but in recent weeks things have not run for us.

"Perhaps Brighton was the turning point and we can go on from here and press the top two for an automatic promotion place - that has to be the target."

The Bees have had a reasonably good record over Colchester in recent years and will be hoping to complete the 2nd double of the season. Earlier in the season, Brentford beat the U's 4-1 with Woodman having a nightmare in goal - fortunately for him he has moved temporarily to Oxford.

Other than the defeat last season and the recent cup defeat on penalties the last time the Bees lost was back in March 1980.

Steve Foley scored for Colchester earilier on and Trevor Lee doubled the lead. Funnell pulled one back for Bees before Colchester scored another 4 goals.

The Bees were represented by Porter, Fraser, Tucker (Shrubb), McNichol, Kruse, Salman, Carlton, Parkinson, Holmes, Funnell, and Phillips.

Hopefully it will be a more positive outcome tomorrow afternoon.