The first of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Finals, gets underway tonight when Brentford and Exeter City go head to head again.

The two sides only met on Friday night, when they played out a 1-1 draw in the npower League 1, also at Griffin Park.

The visitors took the lead after just two minutes but Nicky Forster's injury time strike earned the Bees a point.

When they met earlier in the season at St James' Park, things weren't quite as close, as Brentford ran out 4-2 winners.

The win was one of 16 so far in all competitions for the Bees but in the league they haven't won since January 1st, when they beat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 at home. Since then they have lost three times against Bournemouth, Yeovil Town and Peterborough United before Friday's draw with the Grecians.

In the Trophy they've beaten Stevenage, Leyton Orient, Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic, with all bar the first match needing penalties to separate the two sides.

Defender Michael Spillane, who won the competition while on loan with Luton Town, knows if his side can match the performance of Friday then they should be okay: "I'm sure Exeter know their performance wasn't as good as ours. They know they were dominated and we will try to do that again.

"We had a poor start to the game and we need to get that out of our system, but I thought we played much better than them.

"It looked like it wasn't going to go in, like it wasn't going to be our day. I thought we deserved to win, like we deserved to win at Peterborough.

"We are disappointed to have taken one point from those two games, but we will take the positives from it."

Exeter go into the game just a point behind Brentford and are also without a win in their last four matches, dating back to December 18th, when they beat Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 at home.

In the competition they have already beaten Yeovil Town, Hereford United, Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers, who they needed penalties to overcome in the Area Semi-Finals.

Manager Paul Tisdale is looking forward to the match and a potential trip to Wembley, as he told www.exetercityfc.co.uk: "It's all about getting to Wembley and winning the trophy.

"The Johnstone's Paint games are getting more relevant the closer you get to Wembley. That is probably a level of importance you can quantify, we are in the semi final now so the importance is rising rapidly.

"I'm not happy or unhappy that we are away first. The Play-Off games we've played in the past we have played the home games first and lost by one goal but still come back and won so who knows.

"With it being on TV there is an extra sparkle to the game, it feels different when you are involved in it. It is up to us as professionals to use that in the right way."

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