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20 March 2018 Venue Griffin Park Attendance 366

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Brentford
3 - 1
FT
Manchester United Under-23

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4-3-3
  • 1
    Trialist A
    GK
  • 3
    Nikolaj Kirk
    DF
  • 5
    Jarvis Edobor
    DF
  • 6
    Zain Westbrooke (C)
    DF
  • 2
    Tom Field
    DF
  • 4
    Jaakko Oksanen
    MF
  • 8
    Reece Cole
    MF
  • 10
    Ali Coote
    MF
  • 7
    Bradley Clayton
    FW
  • 11
    Herson Rodrigues Alves
    FW
  • 9
    Marcus Forss
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Trialist B
    SUB
  • 12
    Theo Archibald
    SUB
  • 19
    Raphael Assibey-Mensah
    SUB
  • 20
    Henrik Johansson
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kevin O'Connor

4-5-1
  • 1
    Theo Richardson
    GK
  • 2
    Matt Olosunde
    DF
  • 5
    Max Dunne
    DF
  • 3
    Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (C)
    DF
  • 4
    Tyrell Warren
    DF
  • 7
    Zak Dearnley
    MF
  • 8
    Ethan Galbraith
    MF
  • 6
    Callum Whelan
    MF
  • 10
    DJ Buffonge
    MF
  • 11
    Jake Kenyon
    MF
  • 9
    Josh Bohui
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Matej Kovar
    SUB
  • 12
    Demani Mellor
    SUB
  • 14
    Dion McGhee
    SUB
  • 15
    Ro-Shaun Williams
    SUB
  • 16
    Tosin Kehinde
    SUB
  • 17
    Joe Riley
    SUB
  • 18
    Ethan Hamilton
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Ricky Sbragia

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Brentford B vs Manchester United U23

Live from Griffin Park at 1pm tomorrow, Brentford B face The Red Devils youth

19 March 2018

Brentford B face Manchester United U23s at Griffin Park on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Kick-off is at 1pm.

The Bees are going into game number 35 of the season against a United side that were beaten 3-2 the last time they visited the home of The Bees.

That day it was Chris Mepham with a brace on his birthday and Herson Rodrigues Alves on the score sheet for Flemming Pedersen's side. In front of over 1,000 fans the away side made a brave comeback attempt with two goals in seven second half minutes from Joe Riley and Sean Goss, however they couldn't find the leveller.

The B Team could welcome back Swedish forward Henrik Johansson to the side after he missed over a year with a muscle injury he suffered at Reading last season. He returned to full training during the Ireland trip last month that saw the squad play Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers.

Their last game was a 3-0 win over Rangers U23 on Wednesday last week, with three different goalscorers on the sheet for Kevin O'Connor's team. Marcus Forss opened the scoring before Reece Cole scored a smart free-kick, then Bradley Clayton scored from the spot.

iFollow Interview

Kevin O'Connor spoke to iFollow after the Rangers match and gave us his thoughts on the way his team approached the tour of Scotland.

He said: "It was really pleasing. We were nice and solid, looked very good when attacking. I was really happy that everything came together today, and I’m really pleased for the players.

"We came up against strong opposition. They had four or five First Team players. I told them before the game, I said they had nothing to lose and they had to go and prove how good they are against quality opposition. In the first half we were absolutely fantastic."

You can read his full post-match chat here.

Player Stats

Marcus Forss extended his run of scoring with goal number 16 for the season against The Gers. Bradley Clayton and Reece Cole also netted one more to their tallies, the pair are on eight and five respectively now.

Leading appearance makers Lukas Talbro and Jarvis Edobor passed 64 and 63 games for Brentford B last week. Herson Rodrigues Alves' start in Glasgow takes him to 49 apps in two season, meaning his 50th could come against Manchester United tomorrow. Zain Westbrooke is ten ahead, meaning he could hit 60 this weekend.

With several players away on international duty, Kevin O'Connor's first choice goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe will be with England and will miss out on getting his 49th appearance for The Bees tomorrow.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Brentford B 3 Manchester United U23 1

A report on the action as Brentford B beat Manchester United at home

20 March 2018

Brentford B defeated Manchester United U23s 3-1 at Griffin Park on Tuesday afternoon. Ali Coote, Marcus Forss and Reece Cole scored the goals to make it two wins in two for Kevin O'Connor's side.

It took United just 160 seconds to take the lead and it was a bizarre goal that put them ahead. The Bees' trialist goalkeeper went for a one-two with Jaakko Oksanen, but the return pass had too much pace for the keeper and it rolled behind him and into the net. Just two minutes and 40 seconds gone, Brentford B were a goal behind.

Moments later at the other end, Ali Coote had a chance for Brentford to get back into the game with an immediate response. Tom Field cut inside from the left fullback position and played a ball through the middle of the park to the Scottish midfielder. Coote ran on, got himself past the last man and then dragged his shot wide of the left post.

After five minutes The Bees had another big chance to get level. Bradley Clayton collected the ball from a throw-in and played it first-time to Coote. Again he drove into the box and shot low, this time goalkeeper Theo Richardson got himself down to make a save. The ball popped out for Marcus Forss to strike, Richardson again getting in the way and it bounced off his body and then the crossbar. As it dropped for Forss again, it looked like an easy chance to score but the forward knocked it over the bar.

Frustration was growing in the Brentford midfield as the chances came and went. Reece Cole showed what he thought of the pressure after 14 minutes as he let fly from distance. The ball went high over the bar.

With 21 minutes gone, Forss went close again. A Cole free-kick found the striker in space on the left edge of the box, he turned quickly and shot low and it took a deflection on its way wide of the goal.

From the resulting corner, Brentford had their best chance of the opening stages. A deep cross found Herson Rodrigues Alves with a volley in the middle, the Portuguese forcing a tremendous save from Richardson at close range.

Halfway through the first half Field had a good chance to bring things level with The Bees in complete control. Cole chipped a pass over the United defence into the path of Field, who was racing into the box from the left wing. He made contact with the ball but it wasn't perfect and his shot fizzed wide of the right post.

Clayton and Coote both had chances to make an impact as well as the half went on. After half an hour, Clayton had put the ball narrowly over the top while Coote swept one wide from the edge of the box.

After 37 minutes, the away side were appealling for a penalty. A corner swung into the far post saw Tyrell Warren and Jarvis Edobor battling in the air. The United player hit the ground as the ball bounced past them, signalling a push but the referee waved him away.

At the other end, Brentford made it 1-1 through Coote. Cole started the move on the left wing, playing a deep pass towards Clayton on the right side of the penalty area. Clayton did well to nod the ball back into the centre of the box, where Coote was waiting to volley it into the bottom corner.

Half-time came with Kevin O'Connor's side looking like the most likely side to score again before the whistle. The teams emerged for the second half with United making five changes, while O'Connor opted to keep his side the same.

Just three minutes after the restart, Brentford took the lead. It all started with Jarvis Edobor breaking forward from the back four into the United half. He played it left to Field, who exchanged a neat one-two with Alves before crossing low into the box. Forss got himself to the ball just slightly ahead of United captain Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and drove home his 17th goal of the season from close range.

With an hour gone, United exchanged goalkeepers as Richardson was replaced by Matej Kovar. They also had their first chance of the half as Borthwick-Jackson rose highest to nod a corner towards goal. The header wasn't angled as he'd have liked and dropped wide of the target.

At the other end, just a few minutes later, Zain Westbrooke saw a shot blocked on the edge of the box as he collected the ball from Nikolaj Kirk playing right-back.

With 63 minutes gone, Field whipped in a cross from the right that had Alves ready to tap the ball in at the far post. That was until Joe Riley got behind his goalkeeper to clear the ball over his own crossbar.

Straight down the other end, United forced a good opening. Tosin Kehinde dispossessed Oksanen in front of his penalty area, then played it back for Demani Mellor. He squared it for Ethan Hamilton to shoot, the ball caught by the Brentford keeper as he dived to his left.

Back in possession with The Bees, they took it straight up the field and worked an opening. Coote got into the box to cut it back for Oksanen, who shot but Kovar managed to get his legs in the way.

Cole added Brentford's third after 67 minutes. A one-two on the edge of the United box saw Forss set the ball back for his midfield counter-part. Cole did the rest, taking on the shot first time into the bottom right corner of the goal.

With 20 minutes to go, former Bees youngster Josh Bohui created an opening for his new side. Cutting in from the left and losing Kirk to some nifty footwork, he crossed for Hamilton to head wide of the target.

Hamilton worked another opening soon afterwards with United looking to get back into the game. A long ball across the field from Dion McGhee found Warren at the far post. He cut the ball back for Hamilton, who took a touch and then shot through a crowd of players. It took a slight deflection from Westbrooke but the home keeper was able to adjust his body and dive on top of the ball.

With just five minutes to go, United hit the post. Kehinde crossed from the left wing, Warren was all alone in the box but he guided his header onto the left post and wide.

The 86th minute saw Henrik Johansson make his return to action after being sidelined for over a year with a muscle injury he picked up against Reading in February 2017. The Swedish forward replaced Cole and then switched out to the right wing with Clayton tucking inside.

Brentford could have worked a chance in the dying seconds as Johansson cut the ball back from the right wing to fellow substitute Raphael Assibey-Mensah. The German didn't take on the shot, instead opting to slide it across for Theo Archibald to chase. The Scot did his best to cross the ball back but it was cleared by Ro-Shaun Williams.


Brentford B: Trialist; Kirk, Edobor, Westbrooke, Field; Oksanen, Cole (Johansson 86), Coote; Clayton, Forss (Assibey-Mensah 86), Alves (Archibald 72)

Man Utd U23: Richardson (Kovar 60); Olosunde (Riley 60), Dunne (Williams 46), Borthwick-Jackson, Warren; Whelan, Galbraith (McGhee 46), Buffonge (Hamilton 46); Dearnley (Kehinde 46), Bohui, Kenyon (Mellor 46)

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