Speaking ahead of Saturday’s match at St James Park, Brentford’s John Egan says he is ‘expecting a bit of hostility’ from Newcastle fans.

Having been at Sunderland until 2014, the Irish defender thinks the United fans will react to that, but to be honest I hadn’t even heard of him.

Checking on his stats, it turns out John Egan never played for the Sunderland first team before moving on a free transfer to Gillingham in summer 2014, which might explain why the name never registered.

After two years at Gillingham, Egan then moved on to Brentford and has played in all 11 Championship matches so far.

Like every team in this division you have to respect the opposition and as the last game before the break against Rotherham showed, there was little difference between the bottom of the table club and most teams faced so far this season.

The former Sunderland player has been part of a defence that has conceded less goals (9 v 10) than Newcastle which is yet another reason to respect this opposition.

Brentford have risen to seventh having conceded only two goals in six games at home, whilst seven in five away matches is still pretty good.

On the other hand, having scored only five goals on their travels, it suggests Brentford can be beaten if Newcastle can find at least a couple of goals of their own.

Hopefully after the match, we will still be saying ‘who’s John Egan’!

John Egan speaking to Get West London:

“I’m expecting a bit of hostility.

“They won’t be giving me too much but, with my Sunderland connections, it is great to go back up there.

“It’s a lovely part of the world with these passionate fans, I am looking forward to going up there.

 “I have a lot of friends coming, there are a lot of people coming over from Ireland.

Newcastle are a massive club and we’re looking forward to going there, putting in a performance and going to get a result.

“I have people over quite a bit as I’m in London.

“One of my mates is at Sunderland Uni so a few of the lads are coming over to make it a weekend of it with him and take in the game.

“With Derby on the Tuesday, I can’t stay up with them.”