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Rivalry: Bees and Fulham will meet in the second round of the Capital One Cup

Rivalry: Bees and Fulham will meet in the second round of the Capital One Cup

First published in Football Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

Twelve goals, 120 minutes of drama and a penalty shoot-out victory made for a lively Tuesday night in east London for Brentford.

The Bees' 6-6 draw with League Two Dagenham & Redbridge has really caught the imagination of football fans and the media alike this week.

But to be honest, it did not really feel all that exciting at the time – more surreal, frustrating at times even, and sheer bewilderment.

By the time Harlee Dean made it six apiece, the reaction from the 496 travelling Bees fans was one of amusement rather than joy.

"I don't even care if we win or not anymore", quipped one fan, not knowing that even more excitement was to follow the next evening in the shape of the second round draw.

Brentford will play at home to... Fulham.

You wait 16 years for just one fixture against your fiercest rivals and, rather like London buses, three come along at once.

What a great time to face the club that has just dropped out of the top flight, after more than a decade of success built purely on al-Fayed's wallet and attracting fans more at home at the Henley Regatta.

Natural order was restored last week when Brentford's draw with Charlton, coupled with Fulham losing their opening game, saw the Bees sitting above their rivals in the table.

The second round is unlikely to produce anything like the 6-6 scoreline of Tuesday but only a fool would miss this reunification of two bitter west London foes.

One question which remains is whether Adam Forshaw will still be around to join in the fun or if he will have joined former Bees boss Uwe Rosler at Wigan Athletic.

But whoever makes the starting XI for Brentford a week Tuesday will only have to look up, into the stands, to realise just how much this long-anticipated derby means to both sets of supporters.

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