Chelsea v Brentford
The FA Cup with Budweiser
Fourth Round Proper replay
12noon, Sunday 17 February 2013
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC
Live on ITV1
Winning clubs receive £90,000 from The FA's Prize Fund
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By Chris Hatherall
Clayton Donaldson has warned Chelsea his Brentford side will have no fear when they play their FA Cup Fourth Round replay at Stamford Bridge on Sunday - because he believes the gap between the Premier League and the lower leagues has shrunk dramatically.
Following a season of shocks, in-form Donaldson is ready to help his team create possibly the biggest one of all; and he doesn't sound like a man who is nervous as Brentford bid to earn a Fifth Round tie at Middlesbrough.
He said: "In my mind there's nothing to be afraid of at all.
"We scored twice when they came to Griffin Park so who's to say we can't do it at their place?
"They are having a tough time and we are on a high. Also they have a game on Thursday in Sparta Prague which I think is an extra advantage for us as well. So we are going there believing we can reach the next round."
Brentford's 2-2 draw against the European champions was just one of a string of surprise results on Fourth Round weekend - which also included Brentford's League One rivals Oldham beating Liverpool and non-League Luton beating Norwich.
"That says a lot," insists Donaldson, who has 19 goals to his name this season.
"So this is not about having a day out at Stamford Bridge, not at all.
"Take a look - there are more Championship and League One teams left in The FA Cup right now than Premier League teams. It just goes to show that if you prepare right, you can knock the big boys out.
"I think the gap has definitely got smaller. You can see that from results this year -in the League Cup as well with Bradford getting to the final.
"They beat three Premier League teams to get where they are and that gives us confidence. Especially as we beat them in our FA Cup run!
"Also Chelsea's form hasn't been the best so we want to get the crowd on their backs by getting in their faces and maybe nicking a goal. We will disrupt their play and who knows what can happen?"
Brentford go into the match on the back of a crucial 2-0 victory over Stevenage in midweek which keeps them in contention at the top of League One.
He added: "That was a big win for us because we all want to get promoted this season and the league is very tight.
"It's left the boys in a good frame of mind and it's a very positive place to be right now. It's a really exciting time for the club.
"Chelsea will be favourites but if you keep believing and keep trying you never know - look at the way Reading and Southampton came from behind against them recently.
"In the end it is one game, 90-plus minutes - and anything can happen. The headlines are there for us; it's up to us to take the opportunity."
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