A penalty shoot-out should hold no fears for Brentford, says veteran striker Nicky Forster, if Tuesday evening's Johnstone's Paints Trophy Southern Section semi-final at home to Charlton Athletic goes to a spot-kick showdown.

It would be the fifth time this season that the Bees have ended knock-out ties in a shoot-out, and to date they have fared pretty well with three wins out of four.

Two of the penalty dramas came in the Trophy, in which the npower League 1 team out-shot Leyton Orient and Swindon Town.

The other two came against Premier League clubs in the Carling Cup, the Bees memorably defeating Everton but then losing out to Birmingham City - though only after a stoppage time Blues equaliser denied them victory in 90 minutes.

Now they face Charlton, where Forster ended last season on loan from Brighton and was ironically a spot-kick scorer as the Addicks lost 5-4 in a shoot-out at the end of the League 1 Play-Off semi-final's second leg.

The 37-year-old striker told football-league.co.uk: "I thoroughly enjoyed my short time at Charlton and it was desperately disappointing when we lost that shoot-out.

"Now I'll be up against them and hopefully we can win the game without the need for penalties, but if it comes to that I'll put myself up to take one."

Forster, now in his second spell at Griffin Park after leaving Brighton in the summer, has a 100 per cent strike rate in this season's shoot-outs though he missed the tie at Birmingham - one of his old clubs - as he was at an even more important occasion.

"I was with my wife Nicole as she was giving birth to our son Fred," he said. "Everything went well so it was a great night for my family - and almost a great night for the football club in a good season so far for us.

"We've been doing really well in the League of late (three successive victories) and thanks in no small part to our penalty-taking we've also had a good time in the Carling Cup and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

"We'd rather win Cup games in normal time, but when we've had to go to shoot-outs we've handled them well and that experience will stand us in good stead if it should happen again in the Charlton game.

"You can't really re-create the atmosphere and intensity of a shoot-out on the training ground, so what we've been through would hopefully count in our favour.

"We're closer to Wembley than we have been in previous games so that would add to the pressure, but if it does come to a shoot-out we'll be confident."

The Trophy's Wembley Final will be just a two-leg tie away for the team that wins the Tuesday night Area semi, which is set to be televised live on Sky Sports 1.

Forster has never played at Wembley and, with time ticking away on what has been a productive seven-club career, he is desperate to turn out at the national stadium.

"I've been close a few times," he said, "and it would be great to get there in the Trophy this season. I say to youngsters that if they don't take the chance when it arrives it may never come again, so I'm really pleased to have this opportunity - and I'm determined, as are the rest of the lads, to take it."

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