KEVIN O'Connor insists he's ready to step into the breach if Brentford's bid to overturn Tony Craig's red card fails.
The defender was sent-off for violent conduct in last night's dramatic 2-2 draw at Sheffield United after an off-the-ball clash with Blades striker Dave Kitson.
Brentford have lodged an appeal with the FA over the decision, which is due to be heard tomorrow afternoon.
But O'Connor, who came on as an emergency centre-back at Bramall Lane for his first appearance for five months, says he's ready to fill the void if needed.
He said: “I'm ready to step in if required. I've done enough training now and just need games. I've played in that position before and can do a job.
“It was good to be back involved and to get a point made it even better. It's nice to be in and around the squad and if I can help out I'll do that.”
Nine-man Brentford kept their automatic promotion bid on track thanks to Bradley Wright-Phillips' last-gasp leveller in a crazy game that saw FOUR penalties and three red cards.
And O'Connor paid tribute to the side's character.
He added: “It was the strangest game I've ever been involved in, it was unreal.
“We were down to nine men and they were trying to keep the ball in the corner with six or seven minutes to go.
“It was a crazy game and I always thought we could get an equaliser. Luckily, Brad's popped up and stuck it in to earn us a point.
“It's a massive credit to all the boys, especially given the circumstances.”
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