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24 October 2018 Venue Griffin Park Attendance 260 Referee Matthew Downey

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Brentford
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Southampton U23s

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4-3-3
  • 1
    Patrik Gunnarsson
    GK
  • 3
    Nikolaj Kirk (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Luka Racic
    DF
  • 5
    Charlie Oliver
    DF
  • 8
    Rico Henry
    DF
  • 2
    Jaakko Oksanen
    MF
  • 7
    Jan Zamburek
    MF
  • 14
    Josh Dasilva
    MF
  • 10
    Ali Coote
    FW
  • 9
    Joe Hardy
    FW
  • 11
    Kolbeinn Finnsson
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Simon Andersson
    SUB
  • 17
    David Titov
    SUB
  • 18
    Jarvis Edobor
    SUB
  • 22
    Cole Dasilva
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kevin O'Connor

4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Adam Parkes
    GK
  • 2
    Kayne Ramsey
    DF
  • 5
    Harry Hamblin (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Christoph Klarer
    DF
  • 3
    Tyreke Johnson
    DF
  • 4
    Ben Rowthorn
    MF
  • 8
    Alexandre Jankewitz
    MF
  • 7
    Nathan Tella
    MF
  • 10
    Siph Mdlalose
    MF
  • 11
    Jonathan Afolabi
    MF
  • 9
    Dan N'Lundulu
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Jack Rose
    SUB
  • 12
    Aaron O'Driscoll
    SUB
  • 14
    Jake Vokins
    SUB
  • 15
    Kornelius Hansen
    SUB
  • 16
    Will Ferry
    SUB
  • 17
    Enzo Robise
    SUB
  • 18
    Christian Norton
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Radhi Jaïdi

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Brentford B vs Southampton U23

O'Connor's side in action at Griffin Park from 6pm

24 October 2018

The B Team take on Southampton Under-23s at Griffin Park this evening, Wednesday 24 October, with kick-off at 6pm. The Braemar Road Stand will be open with free entry to all supporters and spectators.

The game has been moved to an earlier time to allow fans attending the match to get out in time to watch Brentford's First Team take on Preston North End away from home.

The Opposition

Southampton's U23 squad are part of the Premier League 2, playing in Division 2 of the two-tiered system. Their most recent result was a 3-2 win over second-place Wolverhampton Wanderers, which lifted The Saints to fifth in the league table. Manchester United are currently top of the standings, with Sunderland at the other end in twelfth. 

This squad are also a part of the Checkatrade Tropy campaign in a group with Cambridge United, Colchester United and Southend United. So far, each team is on three points going into the final round of group stage games. Southampton beat Colchester 2-0 but lost their next game 4-0 to Cambridge. They face an away day to Roots Hall to try and qualify for the next round.

Radhi Jaïdi's side also compete in the Premier League International Cup and find themselves in a group with FC Porto, Dinamo Zagreb and West Ham United. Sam Gallagher scored the only goal in their win over Zagreb before Marcus Barnes was on hand to net in the 1-1 draw with the Portuguese side. Their final tie with The Hammers is scheduled for December.

Opposition Boss

Saints Technical Director Martin Hunter is the man in charge of Southampton, alongside Lead Development Coach Rahdi Jaïdi. 

Jaïdi was a centre-back during his 19-year playing career that also saw him win 105 caps for Tunisia, playing in the FIFA World Cups of 2002 and 2006, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations 2004 and 2008. 

The 43-year-old started his career with native side Espérance ST, befoee moving to England with Bolton Wanderers. Birmingham City followed, shortly before he hung up his boots while playing for Southampton in 2012. 

Brentford B

This weekend, the B Team took part in a behind-closed-doors friendly that saw them complete another victory at Jersey Road. Joe Hardy, Jarvis Edobor and Nikolaj Kirk all scored in that game. Kevin O'Connor's side lost 2-1 to this Southampton side at Jersey Road in August, Edobor scoring in this one too. 

Tonight's game will see fullback Rico Henry start a match for the first time in over a year. We could also see Henrik Johansson, the Swede having missed the start of the season with injury but who returned to full training recently. 

Match Coverage

Follow the action on Brentford's Twitter account, as well as the dedicated Brentford B Instagram Channel (@brentfordbteam). Full match highlights will be available after the game, as well as reaction from the staff and players on our YouTube Channel. 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Brentford B 1-0 Southampton U23

Rico Henry starts, Josh Dasilva scores winner at Griffin Park

24 October 2018

Brentford B defeated Southampton Under-23s 1-0 at Griffin Park on Wednesday night. Josh Dasilva scored the only goal of the game in the second half.

Fullback Rico Henry also played his first 45 minutes for Brentford in over a year, looking sharp in a performance that drew praise from his teammates and Head Coach.

It took 11 minutes for the game to produce its first chance, Ali Coote cutting in from the left and shooting low. Goalkeeper Adam Parkes got down well to tip the ball wide of the post.

Henry was using his pace a lot down the left wing in the opening exchanges, which almost lead to a goal after 17 minutes. He played a neat one-two with Coote, before squaring to Joe Hardy in the box. Hardy set it back for Coote but the Scot blasted his shot wide of the right post.

Henry almost turned provider again with 22 minutes gone. A drilled ball across the box was met by Hardy, his header being parried away by Parkes.

Just before the half hour, Southampton created their first real chance of the game. A corner kick found Harry Hamblin’s head in the box, it bounced down and away from Patrik Gunnarsson but Nikolaj Kirk was quick to react and clear it off the line.

Brentford almost took the lead in bizarre fashion on 34 minutes. A through ball for The Saints cannoned off referee Matthew Downey and The Bees looped it forward to Hardy. The striker’s effort was blocked by the defender, sparing the official’s blushes.

With only four minutes to go before the break, Coote laid the ball off to Luka Racic just in front of goal. The defender swung his foot at it but didn’t make a great connection and it sailed wide.

A couple of minutes later, Kirk let fly from distance but his effort was wild and the ball curved wide once again.

Racic stormed forward again just after the start of the second period, laying a pass off to Hardy in the penalty area. The ball fell to the feet of the striker but he couldn’t direct it over Parkes.

After 52 minutes, Gunnarsson came out to punch a corner clear, but couldn’t get a proper connection on the ball. Jonathan Afolabi managed to get something on it but sent his shot over the bar.

A few minutes later, Charlie Oliver was given an extraordinary amount of room in midfield to drive forward. He took aim and shot from 30 yards but it fizzed wide left of the goal.

Just before the hour, Cole Dasilva had a chance in the opposition penalty area. The ball had been pinging around the box before it fell loose to the fullback. He clipped a ball towards the target but it dropped just over.

With 20 minutes to go, Jaakko Oksanen lost possession under pressure in midfield. The Saints streamed forward with Afolabi but his ball in was cleared away by a back-tracking Jan Zamburek.

A few moments later Brentford had the ball at the other end, Josh Dasilva volleying narrowly wide from close range.

Then the midfielder got himself on the scoresheet, his first in red and white stripes. Collecting the ball on the edge of the box, he took a touch before firing a shot into the top left corner.

From there, the game was one. Brentford had dominated and continued to do so into the dying minutes.

Will Ferry looked likely to get in behind the defence late on but was stopped by a strong header away by Racic, a key figure in the back line all game.

The final big chance of the game even fell the way of the home side. Substitute David Titov clipping a ball into the box from the right, Hardy the closest one to sweeping it home but it was cleared.


Brentford B: Gunnarsson; Kirk, Racic, Oliver, Henry (sub C. Dasilva h/t); Oksanen, J. Dasilva, Zamburek; Coote, Hardy, Finnsson (sub Titov 78)

Subs (not used): Andersson, Edobor

Saints U23: Parkes; Ramsey, Hamblin, Klarer, Johnson; Jankewitz, Rowthorn; Tella, Mdlalose (sub Hansen 64), Afolabi (sub Ferry 83); N’Lundulu (sub Norton 83)

Subs (not used): Rose, O’Driscoll, Vokins, Robise

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