I did my best to stay awake last night through ninety minutes of sheer, unalloyed tedium, halfheartedly watching Cardiff City meander past a horribly inept, disjointed and disinterested Coventry City side in the televised Capital One Cup match on Sky Sports.
Moore was largely untroubled in goal and could pretty much have taken a book out onto the pitch with him, so insipid were Coventry, and Harris looked as if he had scored a well taken winning goal after a typical lung bursting run, but the replay showed that it was an own goal.
I was waiting for the opening act to finish before the main part of the evening’s proceedings – the hugely anticipated draw for the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Cup draws are normally carefully choreographed, bland and anodyne, but this one was shambolic and went spectacularly wrong.
Cues were missed, teams were misidentified and utter chaos reigned with the inept presenter resembling a rabbit caught in headlights.
But out of the confusion and incompetence one fact remained totally clear – Brentford had been drawn at home to Fulham.
The Bees had received an incredible windfall and an unexpected and perhaps even undeserved reward for Tuesday’s laboured and inglorious victory over Dagenham in that twelve goal thriller.
You wait seventeen years to play Fulham in a competitive match and then, like buses, three come along all at once.
The Championship match at Griffin Park in November has already been selected for live television coverage so the cup clash might not be similarly chosen, but all will be revealed in the next few days.
But wider coverage does not matter a fig – this is a private battle between two bitter local rivals.
Our paths have crossed a few times in cup competitions since the late eighties.
The two teams were drawn together in the Football League Cup in 1988/89 when a goal after eighteen seconds from Andy Sinton and that remarkable long range Exocet from Roger Stanislaus which has gone down in folklore, gave us a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.
The Bees came out on top in the second leg when Gary Blissett’s extra time goal gave us victory in a match best remembered for an unsavoury incident which saw Fulham striker Gordon Davies stretchered off unconscious with Jamie Bates protesting his innocence and later being questioned by the police.
In the same season Brentford won a totally uneventful Sherpa Van Trophy match by two goals to nil at the Cottage.
The nineties again saw several Cup clashes between the two teams.
Graham Benstead gave a goalkeeping master class in a 1-1 Leyland DAF clash on a freezing night at Fulham who totally dominated the proceedings.
In 1992/93 Brentford were comfortable winners by four goals to nil on aggregate over two legs of a tame Coca Cola Cup First Round clash.
Fulham took some semblance of revenge the last time the two teams played against each other in a Cup tie in November 1995, when Tamer Fernandes allowed a harmless cross to squirm out of his grasp and drop just over the goal line to give Fulham a narrow victory in an Auto Windscreens Shield match.
As if this season wasn’t already exciting enough, now we have something extra special to look forward to.
This new campaign has already got off to a dramatic start with our home opener against Charlton followed by the non stop thrills and spills of the twelve goal cup tie with Dagenham & Redbridge, all underpinned by the drama, or rather, soap opera of the ongoing Adam Forshaw transfer saga.
Excitement? You ain’t seen nothing yet!