The revenue Brentford will receive from their moneyspinning FA Cup draw at Chelsea is just as important, if not more important as when they faced the Blues in 2013.

Four years ago, when the two sides last met, the Bees were in League One and trying to win promotion to the Championship.

Today, the Bees have established themselves as a second tier club and are striving to bridge the gap to the top sides in the division.

And chief executive Mark Devlin believes that the unbudgeted revenue that a trip to Stamford Bridge provides will allow Brentford to do things they aim to do sooner than originally planned.

He said: “The financial impact still very important. We get more money from being in the Championship but the difference in the two divisions is nowhere near the difference between the Championship and Premier League.

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“The extra revenue is vitally important for us. We still lose several million pounds a year that the owner covers. It'll make life easier.

“It's unbudgeted revenue and a happy surprise. It allows us to do a few things which might have been on hold. It's a benefit to be able to make a few hundred thousand.

“It's just as important to us now as it was in 2013, perhaps moreso as every Football League club is trying to bridge the financial gap to the Premier League.”

Devlin believes Brentford have come a long way since their previous meeting with the Blues.

They drew the original tie at Griffin Park with Fernando Torres scoring a late equaliser for the then Champions of Europe.

After a goalless first half at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea showed their dominance as they scored four unanswered goals to ease into round five.

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Devlin reflected: “We were a League One side then and concentrating on trying to get out of that particular division.

“It was slightly different circumstances in that we had Chelsea at home in the first game. I think we were quite unlucky not to win that game.

“We held our own for the first half at Stamford Bridge. The club has grown since then and we're now looking to establish ourselves as a Championship club.

“We've come on a long way since the first game. The quality of the team has improved. We go to Chelsea and I wouldn't rule out putting in a good performance and be competitive.

“We won't roll over and it won't be an easy day for them. Our players will be inspired by them and want to impress.”