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Match Preview: Ipswich Town

All the information ahead of this weekend's clash with The Tractor Boys

6 April 2018

Brentford host Ipswich Town at Griffin Park on Saturday after collecting four points from their last two games in the Sky Bet Championship.

The opposition

Brentford welcome The Tractor Boys on Saturday who are without a win from their last five games. The Club also revealed last week that Manager Mick McCarthy will be leaving his post at the end of the season.

After four wins from four at the start of the season, Town looked set for a big year. However, their run in September and October saw them drop points with six defeats in two months. Since November, eight wins has them sat just below The Bees in 12th.

On 19 August, Brentford lost 2-0 to McCarthy's side at Portman Road after Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn scored either side of half-time. This was part of the eight-game run at the start of the season where Brentford couldn't seem to find a win.

Their last three games has seen them take three defeats to Hull, Bristol City and Birmingham. A penalty from Jota was the difference against The Blues, with the points gap between The Bees and tomorrow's opposition opening up to five over Easter.

Team News

Florian Jozefzoon finished the game against Bristol City with a knock and his place in the team could be in doubt this weekend. Rico Henry is still missing and has been since he picked up an injury against Middlesbrough earlier this season.

Brentford's Lewis Macleod has returned to training this week and could get himself back into the squad after missing out last weekend through injury.

Ipswich are without forwards Joe Garner and David McGoldrick for the rest of the season so McCarthy will surely opt for Waghorn up top. 

The Manager

The division's longest serving manager is the man in charge of Ipswich until the end of this season. McCarthy has been at the helm at Ipswich since late 2012 and has been working as a manager for more than 25 years. After a successful playing career that saw him win 57 Republic of Ireland caps and play domestically for Manchester City and Celtic among others, he took over as Millwall Player-Manager in early 1992. The 59-year-old has barely been out of work since.

He took over as Ireland boss in 1996 and led them to the 2002 World Cup before spending three years at Sunderland and almost six at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He took both in to the Premier League, albeit he was sacked by both when facing relegation back to the second tier. He took over with Ipswich in relegation trouble but led them to safety and then followed that up by finishing in ninth, sixth – when they lost to Norwich City in the Play-Offs – and seventh before dropping down the table last year.

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: 'We are going to have to be as good as we were on Monday to win'

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Daniel Bentley: 'If opportunity knocks, I'm there to keep the door closed'

Opposition View: Stuart Watson of the Ipswich Star talks to us about The Tractor Boys

Match Coverage

iFollow will be hosted by Mark Burridge on Saturday, with live commentary starting at 2:30. Special guest Marcus Gayle will be joining him at Griffin Park to give his take on the action.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.

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Brentford 1 Ipswich Town 0

A single goal gives Brentford the points

7 April 2018

Your Brentford v Ipswich Town match report powered by Utilita

Neal Maupay was Brentford’s match-winner for the second time in five days as The Bees beat Ipswich Town at Griffin Park. The French striker converted a penalty won by substitute Sergi Canós to score the only goal of the game inside the final 20 minutes. That enabled The Bees to add Ipswich to the scalp of Bristol City they took on Monday as they extended their unbeaten run to four Sky Bet Championship fixtures.

It is a game that is unlikely to live long in the memory. The teams were evenly matched and Ipswich set out to frustrate Brentford on a mild spring afternoon at Griffin Park. They largely succeeded at their task but Canós won a spot kick that Maupay put away and Brentford had the points.

Ipswich started the game with a narrow, quite defensive, outlook. They played three central defenders and another as part of a holding midfield pair with two full backs on the flanks. The visitors did, however, try to take a high position to stop Brentford playing out from defence and in to midfield and that meant there was not a lot to report in the first ten minutes. The game was condensed in central areas with neither team able to play through the lines.

The flow of the game wasn’t helped by a horrible looking collision between Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Białkowski and his centre half Luke Chambers when it looked as if Ollie Watkins might beat both of them to a teasing Henrik Dalsgaard through ball. The defender came off worse and after lengthy treatment he left the pitch holding his collarbone and was replaced by Myles Kenlock.

That slightly halted momentum that Brentford had started to build. They almost went ahead when a move that involved Alan Judge and Watkins led to Yoann Barbet lashing in a shot from 20 yards that Maupay diverted towards the bottom corner. It looked as if Białkowski was wrong-footed but he somehow stuck out a leg to make the save. The resulting corner was played short and Judge curled a shot over the bar.

The Bees were starting to dictate the pace and tempo of the game. Josh McEachran was able to move the ball at pace and Romaine Sawyers was starting to find room to play in. Watkins and Judge were swapping flanks and testing the Ipswich defence and The Bees were dominating possession and territory. Barbet had a header blocked and then a cross-cum-shot well dealt with by Białkowski. The French defender then played a clever quick free-kick that allowed Sawyers to run in to a gap in the Ipswich defence but he pulled a left foot shot wide of the post.

The visitors had settled in to counter-attacking mode. They were happy to sit in with a five-man defence at times but tried to break quickly when they could. Callum Connolly curled an effort over from the edge of the box and had Ipswich’s best chance of the first half when he headed straight at Daniel Bentley just before the interval. The same man also had the ball in the net late in the half but that was ruled out for handball. A spell of pressure also led to a chance for Kenlock but he lashed over from the left side of the penalty area.

Brentford held the upper hand going in to the interval and Białkowski was forced in to action to keep his side level. He made a low save from a dipping Judge shot and Maupay was then crowded out as he tried to capitalise on the loose ball. Białkowski then denied Watkins before a Maupay shot on the turn was blocked as Brentford went in to break with the initiative, but not the lead.

Unfortunately, they could not build on that in the early stages of the second half. The second period started as the first had. The game was being played in a congested central area of the pitch with Ipswich building a solid defensive line. Brentford played a lot of football in front of the visitors but were unable to stretch them and create any chances.

The introduction of Canós and Nico Yennaris midway through the half livened the game up. The Bees had a little more pace in attack and, with time ticking down, there was increased urgency. Chances started to come and within five minutes of coming on, Canós had won the penalty that proved to be the game’s decisive moment.

Watkins had seen a shot deflect over and Maupay then had a header blocked while Ipswich almost profited on the counter attack when Martyn Waghorn got away in the inside right channel and in to the penalty area but he shot straight at Bentley. Within two minutes, Brentford had their match-winning penalty.

It seemed as if a ball forward from Barbet would prove to be innocuous but Canós got up a head of steam and Jonas Knudsen put a hand on Brentford’s attacker to stop him getting to the ball. Referee Robert Jones decided that a foul had been committed and pointed to the penalty spot. Maupay took the responsibility and sent Białkowski the wrong way to give Brentford a lead they did not relinquish.

There was a chance the goal would spark the game in to life with Ipswich chasing the game but that wasn’t the case. Ipswich had a slightly more attacking outlook, they changed their shape to go more attacking and made substitutions to press for a goal but Brentford also continued to attack. Despite both teams looking for goals, there were still few chances.

Canós could not make the most of two crossing opportunities after Sawyers had won the ball back in a dangerous position. The Spaniard also had a shot deflected wide late on and collected a booking during a lively cameo. Brentford were forced to defend for periods at the death but Bentley was only called in to action once, making a fine stop with his legs when Grant Ward met a Bersant Celina cross. Chris Mepham then made a brave block from a Waghorn effort and that was enough to preserve Brentford’s clean sheet and get them the points.

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Egan, Mepham, Barbet; McEachran (sub Emiliano 73 mins); Watkins (sub Canós 66 mins), Sawyers, Mokotjo (sub Yennaris 66 mins), Judge; Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, Macleod, Bjelland, Clarke

Bookings: McEachran (52 mins) (fourth of season), Canós (90 mins) (fifth of season)

Ipswich Town: Białkowski; Carter-Vickers, Chambers (sub Kenlock 24 mins (sub Celina 75 mins)), Webster; Spence, Hyam, Connolly, Knudsen; Nydam (sub Ward 73 mins); Sears, Waghorn

Subs (not used): Crowe, Gleeson, Carayol, Folami

Bookings: Carter-Vickers (17 mins), Connolly (52 mins), Knudsen (72 mins)

Attendance: 10,939 (1,644 away fans)

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Last chance to buy your tickets

Tickets for today’s game are still available so book yours online now

7 April 2018

Brentford face Ipswich Town in a few hours and you can still buy your Match Ticket for this fixture. Simply select ‘print at home’ to skip today’s ticket collection queue. Hurry! Support the boys in red and white to help us climb the Sky Bet Championship table by booking your tickets online now.

ON SALE DATES

  • Club Members: Tuesday 23 January, 10am (one per person)
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 25 January, 10am (three per person)
  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 25 January, 10am (three per person)
  • Previous Purchasers: Monday 29 January, 10am (four per person)

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MATCHDAY PRICES

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand 
(B300, B301, B305)
28 22 20 6
Braemar Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
33 27 25
New Road Stand 
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
28 22 20
New Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
33 27 25
Ealing Road Terrace 28 22 20 6

All prices exclude booking fees:

  • No booking fees for online purchases at tickets.brentfordfc.com
  • No booking fees apply when buying in person from the Ticket Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket), plus a £1 postage fee when booking over the phone

HOW TO BUY TICKETS

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  • by phone 020 8847 2511 (option 1), Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
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  • group bookings can be made here
  • disabled fans by phone 020 8847 2511 (option 1), Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm

If you are buying from overseas - tickets will not be sent in the post. You need to choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

MATCHDAY INFO

Supporters with Junior, Young Person and Senior tickets are reminded to bring ID to the stadium in the event of being asked for proof of age when entering the ground. Ages are as follows:

  • Juniors – under 18 (as of the 1 August)
  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Where a Season Ticket Holder forgets their Brentford Card they will be required to pay an £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Ticket Office. Valid ID must be shown and admin cost of £10 applies.

Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP are required to purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or Junior), the carer will receive a complimentary ticket.

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