Brentford ready to face relegated Pools after Tony Graig’s red card quashed


O’Connor insists the Bees squad are not taking anything for granted.

Kevin O’Connor is ready to step up against Hartlepool United after Brentford’s appeal against the red card shown to Tony Graig on Tuesday was quashed.
The Bee’s 2-2 draw against Sheffield United was marred when Graig seemed to strike United’s Dave Kitson – resulting in a three game ban, while Bradley Wright-Phillips’s late strike kept promotion alive.
But despite O’Connor playing for the first time since November on Tuesday he is eager to fill the void if needed.
“It was great to be back,” said the club captain.
“It was weird. It was so loud on the pitch and there were so many decisions going on. We all knew how big Tuesday was before the game. 
“With everything that happened during the game we felt a bit of injustice with the sendings off, especially Tony’s.
“It was tough but we dug in and the character was brilliant in getting the draw with nine men. “
The Bees travel to the North-East to face a Hartlepool side whose relegation was confirmed on Tuesday night following Oldham’s victory over Yeovil.
O’Connor insists the Bees squad are not taking anything for granted and are expecting a tough battle against the Pools. 
“It is a massive game and I know they have been relegated but sometimes that means teams can play with freedom,” said O’Connor.
“It’s on Sky so they will want to look good on that as well. 
“It will be a really tough game for us but if we go there and do what we have done all season hopefully we can get a result.
“We have to win Saturday to keep things alive so if we win then we can focus on the game afterwards against Doncaster.”
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