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Match Preview: Bees welcome Anderlecht to Griffin Park tonight

Free entry for fans at B Team match, kick-off 7.30pm

13 April 2018

Brentford B host Belgian First Division side RSC Anderlecht tonight at Griffin Park, a 7.30pm kick-off sponsored by Brentford Lifeline Society.

The Brentford Lifeline Society, which was launched at Hounslow Civic Centre on Thursday 16th January 1986, is one of the most well established Lifeline Societies in the country and still, to this day, supports the Club by funding projects that are outside of pre-arranged budgets.

It's game number 38 for The Bees' second squad and Kevin O'Connor leads his side into the match looking for a potential seventh win in as many games.

Shanghai SIPG were the last to fall to the sword after the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United Under-23 sides last month. The Chinese Super League team were beaten 4-0 thanks to a brace from Chiedozie Ogbene as well as strikes from Ali Coote and Theo Archibald.

Pre-Match Interview

B Team Head Coach Kevin O'Connor spoke to iFollow this week and gave us his thoughts on the upcoming fixture and how nothing much compares to nights under lights in TW8.

He said: "It's the best experience. It's the closest thing we'll get to a First Team game with the stadium and the lights. Hopefully it will be a slick pitch as well, with a brilliant team to play against. It's going to be a really tough game and one we need to be on our game for.

"I'm really pleased that it's being highlighted that Brentford Lifeline Society are sponsoring this game, and maybe it will encourage more people to sign up to it. It's a brilliant cause and they do an awful lot of good for the Club."

His full pre-match chat can be read online here.

Player Stats

Swedish forward Henrik Johansson will miss out after picking up an injury in training earlier this week. Joe Hardy and David Titov are also still unavailable for selection, both still recovering from their own injury problems.

Midfielders Ali Coote and Reece Cole are leading the form table from the centre of the park. Ali has scored twice in his last three games, while Reece has netted four from his last five. The pair now have eight and seven goals respectively this term.

Goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe missed out last week in favour of First Team stopper Luke Daniels, but the England youth international should make his return under the lights this evening. If he does get on to the pitch, it will be his 50th B Team appearance in two seasons.

Raphael Assibey-Mensah is also on the hunt for a milestone tonight, marking game number 60 should he make an appearance. Last week saw centre-back Jarvis Edobor overtake Lukas Talbro to lead the all-time appearances chart, he's on 66 with the Danish fullback one behind on 65.

The most used player this season, Bradley Clayton, crossed the 3,000 minute barrier for the B Team when he played against Shanghai - the only player to do so thus far. Meanwhile, Theo Archibald made it over 2,000 with an appearance of his own, becoming the sixth player to achieve that target.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Brentford B 4 Anderlecht 0

Bees convincing winners at Griffin Park

13 April 2018

Brentford B added another scalp to their ever-growing collection as Anderlecht fell victims to a 4-0 defeat at Griffin Park.

Goals from Bradley Clayton (2), Reece Cole and Nikolaj Kirk handed Kevin O’Connor’s side a convincing victory ahead of next week’s trip to Portugal.

The Bees made two changes following the 4-0 win over Shanghai SIPG last time out; Lukas Talbro came in at full-back and Cole was selected alongside Ali Coote and Jaakko Oksanen in a midfield three.

It was Brentford who carved out the first opening of the game with six minutes on the clock. Cole’s dead-ball delivery evaded a queue of players inside the area and was just about claimed by Seb Moutha at the back stick.

Tom Field made his first contribution on ten minutes, collecting Chiedozie Ogbene’s through ball on the left flank and delivering the wrong side of the on-rushing Marcus Forss.

The hosts chalked up another opportunity ten minutes later. Lukas Talbro’s first-time cross was met by Ogbene in the six-yard box but the Irishman nodded wide of Moutha’s right-hand post.

Following a quick breakaway from a corner Clayton was hauled down on the edge of the Anderlecht area on 26 minutes. Ali Coote laid the ball off to Cole whose dipping volley thumped the crossbar with Moutha beaten.

After plenty of sparring it was The Bees who delivered the first blow on 29 minutes. Clayton – who had looked lively on the right-hand side during the opening stages – jinked past the defender and nestled a shot past Moutha and into the bottom corner.

Clayton almost doubled his and Brentford’s tally six minutes later. Having cut inside his marker, the diminutive forward lifted his head and planted a left-footed strike that looked destined for the far corner, only to see the ball rebound off the upright.  

Cole attempted a carbon copy of his earlier free-kick routine in stoppage time but cleared the crossbar in the final action of a dominant first period.  

Brentford began the first half as they had concluded the second, working the ball through the thirds and looking to exploit the pace of Ogbene down the left channel. Mads Bech Sørensen collected a loose ball in the area shortly after the restart, hitting one on the turn and into the hands of the keeper.

Loris Tinelli fizzed a shot from distance with the hour-mark approaching but it didn’t have the power behind it to bother Ellery Balcombe.

A one-goal advantage was scant reward for The Bees’ dominance and it was Cole who put that right on 62 minutes. Having found his range with two earlier free-kick efforts, the 20-year-old hit this one with inch-perfect precision, lifting the ball over the wall and into the corner with Moutha stranded on the opposite side of the goalmouth.

Mike Tresor showed a good turn of pace during a rare Anderlecht attack, advancing to the byline and delivering a cutback that was claimed by the diving Balcombe.

Clayton was a flame that couldn’t be extinguished as the game entered its dying embers - his second goal of the evening a stroke of genius that caught everybody off-guard. Having collected the ball 35 yards from goal, the forward let fly into the bottom corner leaving Moutha with no chance.

Substitute Kirk converted from the spot three minutes from time to round off a dominant performance from the home side. Up next, Braga. 


Brentford B: Balcombe, Bech Sørensen, Clayton, Cole (Archibald 73), Coote, Edobor, Field, Forss (Rodrigues Alves 81), Ogbene (Novak 86), Oksanen, Talbro (Kirk 73)

Subs not used: Thompson


Anderlecht: Moutha, Stevens, Bergier, El Kababri, Nzita (Guldix 73), Katalay (Olivera 46), Meddour, Bwamgombo (Hannach 78), Tresor, Tinelli, Mayanga (Doore 62)

Subs not used: Dermul, Chaban, Bakkali


Attendance: 567

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