Diagouraga insists Bees are ready
Brentford’s Toumani Diagouraga believes the Bees are far better prepared for their visit to Wembley today than they have been in the past.
Brentford have never been promoted through the play-offs despite being involved in it six times previously. And the French midfielder was sent off in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final defeat against Carlisle in 2011 for two bookable offences.
“I don’t think it could get any worse than that,” he said.
"We are a lot better prepared this time. I think it’s down to the manager, the coaching staff, the players, everyone. We’ve all been working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen again."
Unlike in 2011 the league form goes against Brentford, who were beaten twice by Yeovil during the season, but Diagouraga said: “I’d rather play a team we’ve lost to twice to than a team we’ve just beaten.
“When we played Carlisle we beat them the week before and then went to Wembley and lost. We were very confident, but we want it more now.
“We know we came very close this season, so we’re more determined to win promotion to the Championship.”
Brentford finished third in League One, two points above Yeovil and were the thickness of the crossbar away from automatic promotion when Marcello Trotta hit the bar from 12 yards on the final day against Doncaster
They face Yeovil after their dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Swindon, in what Diagouraga describes as a ‘crazy season’ and have had a 13-day gap before the final.
The squad have been to Wales this week for a short break, but also trained at Cardiff City’s facilities, and the midfielder said: “I would have preferred to get on with it, but it’s been okay.”
On Tuesday they visited Wembley to get the sightseeing out of the way: “It helps, and now we can get on with our jobs.”
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