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27 March 2018 Venue Jersey Road Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Brentford
3 - 0
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Chelsea U23

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4-3-3
  • 1
    Luke Daniels
    GK
  • 3
    Nikolaj Kirk
    DF
  • 5
    Jarvis Edobor
    DF
  • 4
    Zain Westbrooke (C)
    DF
  • 2
    Tom Field
    DF
  • 6
    Ali Coote
    MF
  • 8
    Alan Judge
    MF
  • 10
    Reece Cole
    MF
  • 7
    Bradley Clayton
    FW
  • 9
    Emiliano Marcondes
    FW
  • 11
    Chiedozie Ogbene
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Jared Thompson
    SUB
  • 12
    Henrik Johansson
    SUB
  • 15
    Herson Rodrigues Alves
    SUB
  • 16
    Theo Archibald
    SUB
  • 17
    Raphael Assibey-Mensah
    SUB
  • 20
    Trialist FW
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Allan Steele

4-4-2
  • 1
    Nicolas Tie
    GK
  • 2
    Tariq Lamptey
    DF
  • 3
    RIchard Nartey
    DF
  • 4
    Josh Grant
    DF
  • 5
    Cole Dasilva
    DF
  • 6
    Charlie Colkett (C)
    MF
  • 7
    Luke McCormick
    MF
  • 8
    Jacob Maddox
    MF
  • 10
    Kyle Scott
    MF
  • 9
    Daishawn Redan
    FW
  • 11
    Kylian Hazard
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Karlo Ziger
    SUB
  • 12
    Ruben Sammut
    SUB
  • 14
    Juan Castillo
    SUB
  • 15
    Charlie Brown
    SUB
  • 16
    Martell Taylor-Crossdale
    SUB
  • 17
    Harvey St Clair
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Joe Edwards

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Brentford B vs Chelsea U23

Bees gear up for Blues match at Jersey Road

26 March 2018

Brentford B face Chelsea U23s at Jersey Road on Tuesday 27 March 2018, kick-off is at 1pm.

The Bees will be starting their 36th game of the season when they take to the field tomorrow, coming into the match on the back of two strong results in the past few weeks. 

Their previous two games saw Kevin O'Connor's side win 3-0 against Rangers in Glasgow and then 3-1 against Manchester United at Griffin Park.

In Scotland, it was a combination of Marcus Forss, Reece Cole and Bradley Clayton that earned O'Connor's boys the win with every goal coming in the first half. Cole and Forss both then scored against United at home before Ali Coote added another to his own tally.

Brentford haven't played Chelsea at this level since pre-season, when they managed to record a 2-1 victory over their London neighbours. On that day, it was Ali Coote and Justin Shaibu who netted for The Bees. The B Team have played Chelsea four times since the programme began last season; winning one, drawing two and losing one.

pre-match interview

Reece Cole spoke to iFollow last week to look ahead to this game, and gave his thoughts on the performance against Manchester United as well.

He said: "We didn't have a great start but everyone is going to make mistakes in a game and it's about how we react to it. I thought you saw after that in the next 10 or 15 minutes, we had them pinned back into their half. So it was quite a dominant performance from us.

"[The game against Chelsea] is going to be a technical game of football. They are going to hopefully try and play, which will suit us with how we press and how we act defensively off the ball. Hopefully it will be a good game for us to play in and for whoever comes to watch."

You can read his full pre-match chat (here).

player stats

Marcus Forss scored his 17th goal of the season against United, making it two in two for the Finnish striker. However, he will be missing due to his international call-up to his nation's U19 squad. He is joined by teammate Jaakko Oksanen who is also playing for the country's U19 side.

Reece Cole will be fit and ready to go, also going two for two against Rangers and Manchester United. The squad also welcomed back Swedish winger Henrik Johansson to the squad last week as he made a return to action for the first time in over a year. Surely more minutes are in order for the attacker tomorrow.

Ellery Balcombe will once again miss out as he is with England U19s, having played twice for the Three Lions already in the past few days.

Bradley Clayton is looking for appearance number 34 in O'Connor's side this season and leads those charts for games played. Theo Archibald crossed over the 2,000 minutes barrier coming on from the bench last Tuesday, becoming the sixth player to do that this season for Brentford B.

Herson Rodrigues Alves made it 50 appearances in total for the B Team as he started the United match, while Zain Westbrooke hit 60. Jarvis Edobor looks to make it 65 against Chelsea, and if so would become the all-time leading appearance maker for Brentford B.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Brentford B 3 Chelsea U23 0

Bees make it three in three after win at Jersey Road

27 March 2018

Brentford B followed up wins against Rangers and Manchester United with a 3-0 win over Chelsea at Jersey Road on Tuesday. Chiedozie Ogbene, Alan Judge and Reece Cole scored the goals on a relatively sunny afternoon in West London.

It took seven minutes for the first chance to go one way or the other, eventually falling to The Blues. Charlie Colkett intercepted a pass from Zain Westbrooke, then played it through for Daishawn Redan. The striker took it a full 25 yards towards the Brentford goal but then couldn't keep his shot down and it sailed over the bar.

Chelsea then needed to make an early change to their team after 10 minutes, Tariq Lamptey picking up an arm injury that meant he was replaced by Juan Castillo in the back four.

The away side then went close again. This time it was a cross from Cole Dasilva on the right wing, which Jarvis Edobor headed up into the air. Redan brought it down near the penalty spot for his teammate Luke McCormick to strike it wide of the left post.

After 21 minutes, Brentford went close through Emiliano Marcondes. Judge collected the ball on the edge of the box then crossed it for the Danish forward to nod narrowly wide of the right post.

Moments later, The Bees had the lead. It started from a Chelsea goal-kick won in the air by fullback Nikolaj Kirk. Bradley Clayton laid the ball back for Judge to knock over the top for Marcondes. The forward took a touch into the box before squaring for Ogbene to slot it home under the keeper.

It could have been worse for Chelsea with 27 minutes gone. The move started from Kirk on the right wing, as he moved the ball to Clayton in the middle. He then shifted it to Cole, who immediately forwarded it to Ogbene on the left side of the pitch. Cutting in from the left on the edge of the box, Ogbene sent a shot inches over the apex of the right post.

A few minutes later, Dasilva got himself into the referee's book after bringing down Ogbene on the left wing. The forward was causing trouble from his position and Chelsea were clearly frustrated that they couldn't stop his advances.

After 34 minutes, Judge scored his fourth for the B Team since his first appearance with them in December. Left-back Tom Field intercepted a pass down the wing and played the ball in for Ogbene down the left edge of the penalty area. The former Limerick player drilled his cross into the box, where Chelsea's Josh Grant cleared it off the line at the far post. It wasn't a powerful clearance though, and Judge was there to slot it into the bottom left corner of the net.

Unfortunately, Blues goalkeeper Nicolas Tié fell awkwardly when trying to stop the ball and injured his shoulder. After an eight-minute stoppage, he received appluase from the gathered fans as he was stretchered off the field and replaced by Karlo Ziger.

The Blues had a great chance to get a goal back before the break, three minutes into added time. Kylian Hazard, younger brother of Eden, broke clear one-on-one with Luke Daniels. The goalkeeper stood firm and managed to make a save with his feet. Then Westbrooke got in the way of the rebound from Redan and The Bees cleared it away.

Just on the brink of half-time, Ali Coote sent a low cross into the box but Ziger was out quickly to grab the ball away from the feet of Marcondes.

Almost immediately after the restart, Brentford went in search of a third. Within 30 seconds, they had forced a chance. Kirk crossed from the right but Marcondes could only guide his header wide of the left post.

Then Judge had a go, ghosting past Richard Nartey into the box before firing a shot at Ziger. The keeper stood up to it, parrying the ball away with his chest.

With 51 minutes gone, Cole struck his fourth goal in as many games. Ogbene flicked the ball inside to Field on the left side of the box, and he quickly drilled the ball into the box. It missed everyone at the near post, but there at the back was Cole. He won the race against Grant to the ball and side-footed it into the net.

Chelsea then piled on the pressure and forced several chances towards the goal of Daniels, who hadn't had much to do before this.

The first came through Redan, 58 minutes in. He picked the ball up near the halfway line, got a lucky bounce off of Coote and managed to motor away towards goal unchallenged. Running 30 yards into the box, he hit the ball low and hard but it fizzed beyond the left post.

A minute later, Chelsea had the ball in the Brentford box again. Colkett cut The Bees' defence apart with a ball through the centre of the field, Redan helping it into the path of Hazard. The forward took a touch into the box before hitting it at goal. Daniels got his hands up to parry it away to his left and Westbrooke once again cleared it.

After an hour, Redan was on the front foot again. Exchanging a one-two on the edge of the box with Hazard, he made his way into the box and shot at goal. Daniels was on hand again to make the save, this time standing tall as the ball bounced off his chest and went out for a corner.

From that set-piece Chelsea went even closer. Nartey connected with a header at the far post, which clipped the left post and bounced back into the box. Field was there, as Daniels looked on from the floor, to hook the ball away from danger.

After 62 minutes, Chelsea made a triple substitution and swapped out their entire front line. Redan and Hazard made way, alongside the American Kyle Scott. On to the field appeared Charlie Brown, Harvey St Clair and Martell Taylor-Crossdale.

Five minutes later, St Clair got his first chance. Midfielder Jacob Maddox darted his way down the right wing before slotting through a pass for St Clair. The forward took it on and hit a shot at goal, Coote getting himself in the way and diverting the shot wide.

The bombardment continued on Brentford's back line as Colkett fired a ball over the top for Brown to run on to. Daniels came flying out of his box and managed to get there just before the Chelsea striker, flicking it away for Field to chase.

Kirk deserved credit after 71 minutes when he made a spectacular last-ditch tackle to deny St Clair a free shot at goal. McCormick had played him in behind the back four and the substitute looked destined to score until Kirk intervened.

He then turned attacker at the other end, when Clayton squared the ball for him on the right. Kirk slipped past his marker and cut inside on to his left foot, before shooting but saw it blocked by Maddox.

After 76 minutes, Brentford B withdrew Marcondes, Clayton and Ogbene in a similar move to their opponents. Herson Rodrigues Alves, Theo Archibald and a trialist came on for the front trio.

On 81 minutes, Chelsea had another chance to get back in the game. A ball from the right was put in by Nartey, McCormick tried a bicycle kick and that sent the ball through for Brown. He flicked the ball over the advancing Daniels but also over the crossbar.

With six minutes left, Coote needed to be replaced by Raphael Assibey-Mensah. The Scottish midfielder was brought off after colliding with McCormick.

The final whistle came after one last chance for Judge in the 90th minute. Shifting the ball between Archibald and Cole on the edge of the box, the team moved it to Judge who decided to shoot from distance. It took a deflection off Grant, which absorbed the pace on the ball and carried it through for Ziger to collect with ease.


Brentford B: Daniels; Kirk, Edobor, Westbrooke, Field; Coote (sub Assibey-Mensah 84), Cole, Judge; Clayton (sub Alves 76), Marcondes (sub Archibald 76), Ogbene (sub Trialist FW 76)

Chelsea U23: Tié (sub Ziger 43); Lamptey (sub Castillo 10), Nartey, Grant, Dasilva; Colkett (sub McCormick 69), McCormick (sub Sammut 46), Maddox, Scott (sub Brown 62); Redan (sub Taylor-Crossdale 62), Hazard (sub St Clair 62)

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