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4-4-2
  • 1
    Jak Alnwick
    GK
  • 2
    Lee Hodson
    DF
  • 4
    Aidan WIlson
    DF
  • 6
    Lee Wallace (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Matthew Shiels
    DF
  • 5
    Andy Halliday
    MF
  • 8
    Graham Dorrans
    MF
  • 10
    Stephen Kelly
    MF
  • 11
    Serge Atakayi
    MF
  • 9
    Zak Rudden
    FW
  • 7
    Andrew Dallas
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Aidan McAdams
    SUB
  • 14
    Glenn Middleton
    SUB
  • 15
    Jamie Barjonas
    SUB
  • 16
    Cameron Palmer
    SUB
  • 17
    Lewis Mayo
    SUB
  • 18
    Kyle Bradley
    SUB
  • 19
    Myles Beerman
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Billy Kirkwood

4-3-3
  • 1
    Ellery Balcombe
    GK
  • 2
    Lukas Talbro
    DF
  • 4
    Jarvis Edobor
    DF
  • 5
    Mads Bech Sorensen
    DF
  • 3
    Nikolaj Kirk
    DF
  • 6
    Zain Westbrooke (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Reece Cole
    MF
  • 10
    Jaakko Oksanen
    MF
  • 7
    Bradley Clayton
    FW
  • 9
    Marcus Forss
    FW
  • 11
    Herson Rodrigues Alves
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Trailist GK
    SUB
  • 12
    Ali Coote
    SUB
  • 19
    Raphael Assibey-Mensah
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kevin O'Connor

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Rangers U23 vs Brentford B

All the information ahead of Brentford B's clash with Rangers U23 in Scotland

13 March 2018

Brentford B face Rangers U23s at The Gers' training ground on Wednesday 14 March 2018. Kick-off is at 1pm.

The Bees head into game number 34 for the season against a Rangers side that beat them 5-2 back in October.

That day, Scottish veteran Kenny Miller appeared in light blue at Jersey Road as Bradley Clayton and Theo Archibald scored for Brentford. The home side's comeback came too late, as they were already three goals behind at the time. A Ryan Hardie hat-trick was the highlight for a Rangers side that left West London victorious.

The B team will be without Theo Archibald and Tom Field, who both returned to Jersey Road on Monday after playing 90 minutes each against Kelty Hearts.

The Kelty game ended in a 4-0 win for Kevin O'Connor's side. Two goals for Marcus Forss started things off in the first half, before Jarvis Edobor and Herson Rodrigues Alves added one each in the second half.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Kevin O'Connor pointed out some of the positives from the performance during his post-match interview with iFollow. He said: "When we played our way and passed the ball quickly then we got through them quite well, but it was a really good challenge and I’m pleased to have a clean sheet and obviously the four goals."

His full interview can be found here: Kevin O'Connor looks ahead to Rangers game

Mads Bech Sorensen also spoke to iFollow after the game, returning from training in Edinburgh to talk to us. He said: "It’s going to be a great game. It’s a great opportunity for us but hopefully we will play better than last time. We are just going to play our own game and do what we are good at, then we'll try not to think too much about the opponents.”

His full chat is available now on iFollow here: Mads Bech Sorensen on 'a great opportunity'

Player Stats

Lukas Talbro, the B Team's most used player with 63 appearances, crossed the 2,000 minutes barrier against Kelty. He's the fifth player to do so this season. The player who got there first is also the one who has played most of the minutes available to a B Team player so far in 2017/18. Kevin O'Connor has played Bradley Clayton 91.1% of the time.

Clayton went past 50 games for Brentford B against Barnet and made appearance number 51 on Sunday. The next player likely to hit that milestone is Herson Rodrigues Alves on 48. If he plays against Rangers, app number 50 could come against Manchester United at Griffin Park.

Jarvis Edobor is a defender in form in front of goal at the moment, he has three goals in his last four starts. Marcus Forss goes one better, scoring four in his last three.

Forss is the leading goalscorer this season on 15, Theo Archibalf following closest behind on 12. Currently out injured, Joe Hardy is third on eight. Bradley Clayton and Herson Rodrigues Alves are joint-fourth with seven each, however Alves remains the all-time B Team scorer. The nine he netted last season keep him on 16 in total, just one above Forss.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Rangers XI 0 Brentford B 3

Brentford show control in Glasgow game

14 March 2018

Brentford B defeated Rangers Development Squad 3-0 in Scotland on Wednesday afternoon.

Marcus Forss scored first early in the game, then Reece Cole added a second with a smart free-kick. Bradley Clayton added the third from the penalty spot before half-time.

The team showed several changes from the side that played Kelty Hearts on Sunday. Theo Archibald and Tom Field dropped out, replaced by Nikolaj Kirk and Herson Rodrigues Alves. Captain Zain Westbrooke returned to the side, as did his usual midfield partner Cole.

The Rangers team showed a mix of youth and First Team players, including former Brentford fullback Lee Hodson in the back four. Jak Alnwick lined up between the sticks, former West Brom man Graham Dorrans was in the middle and Gers Club captain Lee Wallace started in the back four.

It only took four minutes for The Bees to take the lead, Forss latching onto the end of a pass through the middle by Bradley Clayton. He rounded the keeper before slotting it into the bottom corner.

Then it was Cole’s turn. A free-kick on the edge of the box, and rather than shoot first time he let Zain Westbrooke chip it up for him to hit. The shot beat the wall and found the top left corner.

The third goal came from Clayton, this time from the penalty spot. It was Clayton who was actually fouled, on his way into the box from a pass by Cole. He was pushed as he went past his man and hit the floor. He got up to place the ball on the spot and then tucked it into the bottom corner.

At the break, Brentford were in control and looking likely to add to their tally. The second half was a slower affair as Rangers made changes and Brentford took their foot off the gas.

Alves went close before he was replaced by Raphael Assibey-Mensah with 10 minutes to go. A ball in from Cole on the right was heading for Alves' head until Hodson did enough to put him off at the far post.

Rangers had their share of chances in the second 45 minutes and goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe had to be bright to stop a breakaway from Zak Rudden when one-on-one. He was also highly relieved to see a deep free-kick go all the way across his penalty area and miss the far post by inches towards the end.

Forss had a chance blocked on the edge of the box with the clock running down. Then Kirk tracked forward before cutting inside to release a shot of his own. It took a deflection off Aidan Wilson and fizzed wide of the post.


Brentford B: Balcombe; Talbro, Edobor, Sorensen, Kirk; Westbrooke, Cole (sub Coote 77), Oksanen; Clayton, Alves (sub Assibey-Mensah 80), Forss

Subs (not used): Trialist GK

Rangers Dev: Alnwick; Hodson, Wallace, Wilson, Shiels (sub Bradley 55); Dorrans (sub Barjonas 46), Halliday, Kelly (sub Middleton 55), Dallas (sub Beerman 81), Atakayi; Rudden (sub Palmer 81)

Subs (not used): McAdams, Mayo

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