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03 April 2018 Venue Jersey Road Attendance

Kick off 12:30 (UK)

Brentford
4 - 0
FT
Shanghai SIPG

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4-3-3
  • 1
    Ellery Balcombe
    GK
  • 3
    Nikolaj Kirk
    DF
  • 5
    Jarvis Edobor
    DF
  • 4
    Mads Bech Sorensen
    DF
  • 2
    Tom Field
    DF
  • 6
    Zain Westbrooke (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Jaakko Oksanen
    MF
  • 10
    Ali Coote
    MF
  • 11
    Chiedozie Ogbene
    FW
  • 7
    Bradley Clayton
    FW
  • 9
    Marcus Forss
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Trialist GK
    SUB
  • 12
    Theo Archibald
    SUB
  • 14
    Lukas Talbro
    SUB
  • 15
    Herson Rodrigues Alves
    SUB
  • 17
    Raphael Assibey-Mensah
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kevin O'Connor

4-5-1
  • 1
    Shi Xiaodong
    GK
  • 2
    Li Shenyuan
    DF
  • 5
    Zhang Yunkai
    DF
  • 6
    Wei Lai (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Nie Meng
    DF
  • 4
    Gong Chunjie
    MF
  • 8
    Zheng Zelong
    MF
  • 11
    Jiang Zilei
    MF
  • 7
    Zhou Zheng
    MF
  • 10
    Zheng Haoqian
    MF
  • 9
    Gao Zhijie
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Chen Zhe
    SUB
  • 12
    Xiao Mingjie
    SUB
  • 14
    Shang Wenjie
    SUB
  • 15
    Zhang Enge
    SUB
  • 16
    Lei Wenjie
    SUB
  • 17
    Chen Chunxin
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Cheng Yaodong

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Brentford B vs Shanghai SIPG

Bees host Shanghai side at Jersey Road

3 April 2018

Brentford B host Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG this afternoon at Jersey Road, a 12:30 kick-off.

Game number 37 for Kevin O'Connor's men comes at The Bees' training ground in West London, the squad taking to the field in search of their sixth successive victory.

The last five have produced wins against Shamrock Rovers, Barnet, Rangers, Manchester United and Chelsea. That's not counting the Swansea City game, abandoned due to heavy snow, where Brentford were leading 4-0 at half-time.

Last week, two first-half goals had The Bees in control before another in the early stages of the second finished things off. Chiedozie Ogbene and Alan Judge scored in the first 30 minutes, then Reece Cole added the third.

Feature interview

B Team coach Allan Steele spoke to iFollow last week after overseeing Brentford's win over The Blues. He spoke about the season overall and what has impressed him in 2018.

He said: "Our games programme is set up to challenge the players and to try and prepare them for First Team football but it can never recreate that. That's the ultimate goal for a lot of these players, including the First Team players, to get back in that environment and playing competitive games that matter, and to try as best as possible to push this club forward."

Read his full interview (here).

Player Stats

Reece Cole made it four goals in as many games when he netted against Chelsea last Tuesday. The midfielder has seven in total this season, level with Ali Coote and Herson Rodrigues Alves.

Several players will be returning from international duty with their youth squads. Marcus Forss scored a brace for Finland U19 as his midfield teammate Jaakko Oksanen also got game time this week. Ellery Balcombe played two of England's three matches in Macedonia, helping them to qualify for the European Under-19 Championship this summer.

Mads Bech Sorensen and Lukas Talbro of Denmark, played for their U19 side but a late goal by Austria denied them passage to the finals in Finland.

Cole crossed the 1,000-minutes barrier for Kevin O'Connor's side with his 90 against Chelsea, having missed a lot of the season away with Newport or through injury. Raphael Assibey-Mensah is one appearance away from making 60 in total for the B Team, while Lukas Talbro is waiting to make number 65.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Brentford B 4 Shanghai SIPG 0

Bees prove too much for Chinese opposition at Jersey Road

3 April 2018

Kevin O’Connor’s Brentford B notched up a sixth straight win after they cruised past Shanghai SIPG Under-20s at Jersey Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Marcus Forss missed an early penalty for The Bees but O’Connor’s side took the lead just before the interval; Ali Coote crashing home from close range. Substitute Theo Archibald made it 2-0 shortly after the restart to kill the game off as a contest. The Bees created numerous chances in the second-half and it was left to Chiedozie Ogbene to keep up his fine recent scoring record as he netted twice in the closing stages to wrap up the 4-0 victory.  

The visitors, whose starting line-up included four members of their Chinese Super League table-topping first-team squad, began brightly on a blustery afternoon in West London and were unlucky not to take an early lead. Ellery Balcombe did well to bravely block Zheng Haoqian’s effort on the edge of his box; the ball rebounding to Gao Zhijie who slipped at the vital moment with the goal at his mercy. Haoqian was again thwarted by The Bees' England youth international stopper shortly after but slowly Brentford began to get a foothold in the game.

B Team top scorer Marcus Forss brought a smart save out of Shi Xiaodong and Bradley Clayton fired over from 12 yards before The Bees were awarded a 13th minute penalty. Ogbene was the man bundled over inside the box but Forss' effort from 12 yards lacked conviction and Xiaodong made a simple save low to his left.

The visitors looked happy to defend in numbers and hit Brentford on the counter-attack, a tactic that should have paid dividends when Jiang Zilei crossed for Zhou Zheng, however, the latter could only steer his header wide from eight yards. Ye Meng also had a shot deflected wide by Jarvis Edobor but these were rare openings for the Chinese side.

Xiaodong was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers and he had to be alert to deny Forss, Westbrooke, and Clayton as The Bees continued to create the better chances. Having kept The Bees at bay for 44 minutes there was nothing the SIPG goalkeeper could do on the stroke of half-time as Coote controlled Ogbene’s cross on his chest and then lashed the bouncing ball into the roof of the net from close range.

The Bees doubled their lead four minutes after the restart through substitute Archibald; the Scottish winger has already flashed one shot narrowly wide after coming on but his second contribution saw him tap home at the far post after good work down the left.

Playing into the teeth of the wind and with The Bees growing in confidence in possession, Shanghai found it difficult to make any impression in the second-half. Westbrooke, Jaakko Oksanen, and Coote were able to move the ball at pace, probing for an opening. And as the visitors grew more tired those openings became more frequent. Ogbene brought an excellent low save out of Xiaodong after Clayton’s clever disguised pass while Tom Field flashed a drive wide after being afforded time and space on the edge of the box.  

 A third goal looked inevitable and it arrived with a quarter of an hour to play. Ogbene was the man to get it but it owed much to the hard work of Herson Rodrigues Alves. The Bees striker pinching the ball as Shanghai looked to play out from the back and rolling it square for the January arrival to tap into an empty net.

The same duo nearly combined three minutes later for a fourth but Ogbene found his route to goal well blocked by Wei Lai. Oksanen then drilled a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box before The Bees added extra gloss to the scoreline in injury-time. Archibald sent in a low cross from the left and Ogbene got the slightest of touches to divert the ball just inside the post from close range.

The full-time whistle blew moments later as Kevin O’Connor’s side warmed up for next Friday’s showpiece friendly against Anderlecht at Griffin Park in the best possible way.

Brentford: Balcombe; Kirk (Talbro 46 mins), Edobor, Sorensen, Field; Westbrooke (Archibald 46 mins), Oksanen, Coote; Ogbene, Clayton, Forss (Rodrigues-Alves 60 mins)

Subs not used: Trialist, Assibey-Mensah

Shanghai SIPG: Xiadong; Yuan, Yunkai, Lai, Meng; Chunjie, Zelong; Zilei, Zheng, Haoqian; Zhijie

Subs from: Zhe, Ming Jie, Wen Jie, Enge, Wenjie, Chunxin

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