THE disappointing memory of watching Brentford lose the LDV Vans Trophy final in 2001 will spur on boss Andy Scott tonight.
The Bees boss watched as a fan at the Millennium Stadium as Brentford threw away an early lead to lose 2-1 to Port Vale, just a few months after leaving the club as a player.
With Scott now back as manager, tonight's southern area semi-final against Charlton is the closest Brentford have come to repeating that run in the competition – now renamed the Johnstone Paints Trophy.
Scott said: “I went to the final in Cardiff. In was in the pub with all the fans and in the far corner of the stadium watching the game. Obviously it was a disappointing day, but a great atmosphere, and now I want to get to the final as a manger and put it right.”
However, in order to make the area final, Brentford, who have the best current away record in League One, will have to end a run of three games without a win.
Scott added: “We've won home games and lost home games, and we've already beaten Charlton at home.
“ But we need to approach it with the same vigour, determination and work rate that we do the away games.”