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Shandon Baptiste issues verdict on Blackburn Rovers ahead of Brentford clash

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Brentford host Blackburn Rovers in the Championship today.

Thomas Frank’s side could leapfrog Fulham into third with a win. Fulham were held to a 1-1 draw at Derby County last night and missed the chance to move five points clear of Brentford, and to go one ahead of Leeds.

Blackburn though will be right up for their final visit to Griffin Park. They sit eighth in the Championship table, three points off the top-six and only five behind Brentford.

Tony Mowbray’s side have been going about their business quietly this season and could well snatch a late place in the play-offs.

Speaking to www.brentfordfc.com ahead of the game today, Brentford’s Shandon Baptiste knows his side will have to be at their best to claim the win:

“They’re in great form so we have to go into it knowing that it’s a big challenge. But we’ve been working hard this week and we’re going to go out there and give everything.

“In the Championship anyone can beat anyone so like I said, each week we have to put in our all so we can get the three points and keep on driving that wedge between the teams below us.”

Baptiste, 21, signed for Brentford on the final day of last month’s transfer window from Oxford United. He joined alongside Tariqe Fosu in a double deal, and Baptiste last weekend made his full debut at Birmingham City.

Starting on the left of Brentford’s front-three, Baptiste put in a rounded performance and looks to be a quality signing, and is set to start against Blackburn later today.

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Points were dropped at St Andrew’s last week, and Brentford are conceding a lot of goals recently – the side with the best defensive record in the league (27 conceded) haven’t kept a clean sheet in five Championship games, six in all competitions.

The verdict

It’ll be a hugely entertaining affair at Griffin Park today, Two good teams who like to play attacking football, but Brentford will be the favourites, and if they’re serious promotion contenders then they need to be winning their remaining home games.

Baptiste should feature again and it’ll pose another tough test for the 21-year-old, but he looks to have that Championship quality, and should be a big player for Brentford in the final weeks of the season.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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