Kevin O'Connor says there is no hint of the complacency in the camp which could yet derail Brentford's charge towards promotion.

The Bees took another decisive step towards their promised land with a crucial 1-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Bury on Saturday.

A Marcus Bean strike in the first half gave the Bees three vital points and made it six out of six from two games against promotion rivals.

And on Tuesday night, they ensured they did not take their eye off the ball - returning from a long trip to Grimsby with an eighth away win of the season.

Charlie MacDonald bagged the all-important goal in the 27th minute - his 18th of a prolific season.

With just 12 games to go and a four point lead at the top of League Two - as well as an allimportant nine point cushion above the play-off places - it looks as if the Bees only have themselves to fear in the runin.But O'Connor does not believe the pressure of being top, or the danger of taking promotion for granted will get in the way this year.

"If I saw someone getting a little bit carried away, I would have a quiet word with them, but to be honest that hasn't happened here.

"I haven't needed to go and say anything to anyone," O'Connor told the Gazette.

"A lot of the lads here are out of non-league and they have youthful enthusiasm which is what we like and you have got to let them have that.

"But we have got enough experience in the side with myself, Adam Newton, John Halls and a few others as well to keep everyone levelheaded."

O'Connor continued: "We are really enjoying being top of the league.

"Obviously I have been in a couple of seasons where it hasn't been too good and where we have got relegated.

"This is pressure, but this is the pressure you want. It's only because you are doing so well that there is pressure on you.

"I would rather be at the top of the league like we are then down at the bottom. That's what I have been saying to the

lads, that they have got to enjoy this pressure.

"There was a real belief before the last few results that we could do it, but these last few results proves to anyone who had any doubts that we are definitely the real deal and that we have got a very good chance.

"We are in a countdown now. There are 12 games left and you've got to play them like a cup final.

"Saturday was a massive win because they are close to us and it keeps them where they are and pushes us three points further on so in that sense it was a really big win."

O'Connor's team-mate Marvin Williams was equally vehement on the subject of potential complacency.

"There is no fear of complacency setting in from now till the end of the season, no way," Williams said.

"The gaffer won't allow that and we won't allow that to happen. We know there is still a long way to go and we will treat each game as a big game and try and get the three points. We love the big occasions. We love the big games and the big atmospheres."

Scott hailed his players for keeping the momentum going at a wet and windy Blundell Park on Tuesday.

"It was a scrappy game but a professional performance in awful conditions," he said.

In a game of few chances, the Bees easily kept the struggling home side at bay, with Ben Hamer hardly having a shot to save.

Match Details GRIMSBY TN (0) 0 BEES (1) 1 Line-up: Hamer; Osborne, Phillips, Bennett, Dickson; Newton (Hunt 89), O'Connor, Bean, Wood; MacDonald, Rhodes (Elder 84). Subs not used: Brown, Williams, Poole. Attendance: 3,001 GOAL: MacDonald (27).

MoM: Charlie MacDonald Entertainment: [272d][272d][274d][274d][274d][274d]


Don Valley Stadium Saturday 3pm League Two Manager: Mark Robins Position last season: 9th Form Guide: Were it not for a 17-point deduction at the start of the season, the Millers would be on 50 points now and nudging the play-offs after a 1-0 win at Lincoln on Saturday. As it is they are in mid-table in spite of a decent record which includes eight wins and only three defeats at home. Only Barnet (3-4),Darlington (0-1) and Bradford (0-2) have won in their new home at the Don Valley Stadium on Sheffield. They also held the Bees to a draw at Griffin Park in August. United had four clean sheets in a row before Tuesday night's postponed home match against Morecambe. Players to look out for: Reuben Reid - on loan at Brentford a year ago - is now with the Millers.

Most recent meetings: Brentford 0-0 Rotherham (30 Aug 2008); Rotherham 1-2 Brentford (5 May 2008); Brentford 1-1 Rotherham (12 Oct 2007) - League Two. Head-to-head record: RU Wins: 21 BEES Wins: 17 Draws: 15

Match Facts: The Bees were 2-1 winners at Rotherham last season when Nathan Elder and Alan Connell were on target, but honours have been fairly even down the years in the meetings up north with four wins each at Rotherham since the 1990-1 season.

Forecast: Hard to resist the Bees at the moment. They have the bit between the teeth. But Rotherham are half decent at home and a draw sounds about right.

In Midweek


Griffin Park Tuesday, 7.45pm League Two Manager: Ian Hendon Position last season: 12th Form Guide: Now in their fourth season back in the Football League, Barnet are struggling to maintain the steady progress of previous seasons. They have managed only three home wins in 16 matches and are still in a battle to avoid the drop. But they did have an encouraging 2-1 home win over Rochdale in midweek and a shock 4-1 success over Bradford last month revived hopes. They could be in even better shape if they beat Chester at Underhill this weekend. Barnet have won just three away - at Rotherham (4-3),Grimsby (1-0) and Bournemouth (2-0).

Players to look out for: Paul Furlong, 40 years young, is on loan from Southend. The ex Chelsea and QPR star has three goals for the Bees.

Most recent meetings: Barnet 0-1 Brentford (23 Aug 2008); Barnet 1-2 Brentford (12 Feb 2008); Brentford 2-1 Barnet (25 Aug 2007) - Lge Two. Head-to-head record: BEES Wins: 90 BFC Wins: 0 Draws: 3

Match Facts: The Bees of Griffin Park have never lost to the Bees of north London in 12 clashes - only one of which was before 1991. Brentford have won five in a row in the league. Barnet's only point in seven league clashes came in a 0-0 draw at home in 1994 in the first ever league clash between the sides at Underhill.

Forecast: Surely a breeze for Brentford in their quest for the title.

Gazette forecast success rate: 24 out of 38 (63 per cent)