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Match Preview: Bristol City vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tomorrow's trip to Ashton Gate

1 April 2018

Bristol City vs Brentford

Ashton Gate

Sky Bet Championship 

Kick-off 3pm

THE OPPOSITION

Bristol City's early season exploits seem to be catching up with them at just the wrong time as they slip away from the Play-Off chasing pack. Little could go wrong for Lee Johnson's men before Christmas as they racked up win after win in both league and cup. Manchester United, Watford, Stoke City, and Crystal Palace were all dumped out of the EFL Cup as The Robins' went into Christmas in fine shape.

However, a dramatic 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 30 December appeared to be a turning point. Their EFL Cup campaign came to an end shortly afterwards at the hands of Manchester City as they lost six out of seven in three competitions. Since that defeat to Wolves, Lee Johnson's side have won just three of their last 18 games to slip from automatic promotion chasers to Play-Off hopefuls. 

TEAM NEWS

Lee Johnson will be able to welcome back a number of key men as City's lenghty injury-list starts to clear up. Doubts remain over Callum O'Dowda and Matty Taylor but Nathan Baker was fit enough to return to the bench on Friday. Joe Bryan and Aden Flint are both likely to start after completing their respective suspensions in recent games.

For The Bees, Rico Henry remains out with his knee-injury while Andreas Bjelland is touch and go as he recovers from a calf injury. It's a case of one in and one out in midfield as Romaine Sawyers returns from suspension but Ryan Woods begins his ban after Friday's dismissal against Sheffield United. 

THE MANAGER

Son of Cheltenham Town boss Gary, Lee played for his father at Yeovil Town and Bristol City. In his 13-year playing career, he also appeared for Heart of Midlothian, Derby County, Chesterfield and Kilmarnock. He won promotion twice under Gary at Yeovil Town and was part of the Bristol City side that made the Championship Play-Off final in 2008, losing 1-0 to Hull City. Lee also picked up a Scottish League Cup title while with Kilmarnock.

Lee became the youngest manager in the Football League in March 2013 when he took over at League One side Oldham Athletic. He led them to safety in his first season and their highest finishing position in five years in his second season before departing for Barnsley in February 2015 with The Latics ninth in League One.  After initially struggling with The Tykes, he won seven of his last eight league matches, setting Barnsley on their way towards the Play-Off places, before replacing Cotterill at Ashton Gate in February 2016.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

Chris Mepham on his first goal, Friday's draw, and tomorrow's trip to Bristol City

Opposition View: Gregor MacGregor previews tomorrow's encounter

Travel Guide: Plan your day at Ashton Gate with our away day guide

Ref Watch: Get the lowdown on Monday's match officials

TICKET AND TRAVEL NEWS

Tickets for tomorrow's game have gone off sale and will not be available on the day. 

Due to upgrade work, no trains are running from, or through, Bristol Temple Meads Station on Monday. Check out our travel guide or the national rail website for full information. 

BETTING PREVIEW

Principal partners LeoVegas have a range of markets on tomorrow's game. Check out their wide range of markets here.

MATCH COVERAGE

iFollow will be providing commentary from Ashton Gate from 2.30pm with Matchday Live hosted by Mark Burridge. Mark's guests this weekend will be Dave Morley and Ciaran Brett.

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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Match Reports

Bristol City 0 Brentford 1

A single goal settles it at Ashton Gate

2 April 2018

Your Bristol City v Brentford match report powered by Utilita

Neal Maupay came off the substitute’s bench to score the winner as Brentford beat Bristol City at Ashton Gate for the fourth successive time. The French striker showed composure to finish off a Nico Yennaris pass as the only goal came inside the final ten minutes of a game Brentford completely dominated. It meant The Bees added three points in 2017/18 to wins in the past two seasons and in December 2013.

And it was a win they deserved. The Bees had the upper hand almost from first whistle to last. Daniel Bentley, in the Brentford goal, did not have a save to make and was a spectator in the second half as The Bees attacked at will. It looked at stages as if the visitors would not break through but Maupay came up with the winner in the closing stages to give The Bees the win.

The two teams started the game in a patient fashion. Both seemed happy to keep the ball and play in their own half of the pitch. Much of the first 15 minutes was played at a pedestrian pace with few tackles of note and nothing resembling a chance. Aden Flint headed wide from a tight angle for the home side when he found a bit of space from a free kick but neither goalkeeper was tested.

As the half developed it was Brentford that started to take control. City had begun with a fairly high line that The Bees were forced to play in front of but as the discipline of that approach started to prove difficult, there were gaps for Brentford to play through. Romaine Sawyers started to find pockets of space to play in City territory and with Ollie Watkins’ movement across the front line causing the home defence problems, Brentford started to create.

Watkins saw a shot blocked after a clever one-two with Florian Jozefzoon and was then cautioned by referee Keith Stroud for simulation when it looked as if he had been brought down in the penalty area by Bailey Wright. Watkins then saw a shot saved by Frank Fielding after a nice spin on the edge of the box before, following some patient approach play, Henrik Dalsgaard was crowded out when well-placed in the penalty area and Sawyers fired across the face of goal. Fielding held on to a Josh McEachran free kick and Jozefzoon fired wide from a good position after Watkins had fed a Dalsgaard pass in to his path.

As the first half moved in to its final stages, Brentford were in complete control. Sawyers and McEachran were knitting the play in midfield, Jozefzoon was tormenting Joe Bryan on the right, albeit he wasn’t having things all his own way, and Alan Judge, making his first start for almost two years after a serious broken leg, was drifting over the pitch and picking passes. The only thing missing from the first half performance was a goal.

Sawyers pulled a shot wide from 25 yards and Judge then fired across the face of goal after popping up on the right-hand side of the penalty area. Watkins volleyed wide on the swivel after another good run by the dangerous Jozefzoon and Yoann Barbet saw a shot blocked as the half drew to a close. The hosts were largely forced to play on the counter-attack. They saw a shot from Josh Brownhill blocked late in the half but had been forced back by The Bees and would have known the visitors had the initiative.

And Brentford continued to hold the upper hand in the second half. They were forced in to a change at the interval with Josh Clarke replacing Dalsgaard and an early clash of heads halted early momentum but The Bees soon had control again. Kamohelo Mokotjo, Sawyers and McEachran swept up everything in midfield and Brentford’s high position meant City could not get out of their own half at times. Brentford dominated possession and started to turn it in to chances.

Judge narrowly curled a shot over from 20 yards after being fed by Watkins and Fielding then saved a low shot from Barbet after the French defender had stormed forward. Jozefzoon had a shot blocked after robbing Liam Walsh and heading towards goal and then missed a better chance moments later. Brentford again won the ball in midfield and McEachran split the defence, Jozefzoon raced clear in the inside right channel but blasted over with only Fielding to beat.

Sawyers had a shot blocked before a clever cut back from Clarke found Judge 15 yards out but he steered a shot wide. Watkins shot over after weaving in to the box before Fielding saved from Maupay moments after the striker had replaced Judge. The next time Maupay got a sight of goal, however, he made no mistake.

For the umpteenth time Brentford won the ball in midfield, Yennaris fed Maupay, he cut inside and sent Fielding the wrong way with a low shot that arrowed in to the back of the net. Maupay took his Sky Bet Championship tally in to double figures for the season with the low shot and could have added to it moments later. Brentford broke quickly and Jozefzoon sped away, he found Yennaris and the ball was worked on to Maupay but Fielding made a superb save from the low shot. The ball bounced up and Maupay looped a header that appeared as if it would go in before Flint stuck out a telescopic leg to acrobatically clear.

With City somehow still in the game, despite barely mustering a second half attack, that could have been a vital moment. But Brentford refused to let it affect them. They continued to dominate possession and look for the second goal. They even survived playing the final stages with Jozefzoon limping after a horrible hack by Bryan, who had been second best in the second half.

Flint made a brave block to divert a Sawyers shot wide and a Barbet free kick was blocked deep in the City area. Fielding then made a super save to stop a deflected Maupay shot and the follow-up from Jozefzoon was, again, blocked. Even in the dying seconds Maupay saw a shot blocked by Lloyd Kelly after Watkins had fed a Barbet throw in to his path. On another day there may have been a sting in the tail but City were well beaten and Brentford’s one goal was enough.

Bristol City: Fielding; Pisano, Wright (sub Kelly 68 mins), Flint, Bryan; Brownhill, Walsh, Smith, Kent (sub Paterson 57 mins); Diédhiou (sub Đjurić 68 ins), Reid

Subs (not used): Steele, Baker, Pack, Diony

Bookings: Smith (18 mins), Brownhill (76 mins), Bryan (86 mins)

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard (sub Clarke h/t), Egan, Mepham, Barbet; McEachran (sub Yennaris 74 mins); Jozefzoon, Sawyers, Mokotjo, Judge (sub Maupay 74 mins); Watkins

Subs (not used): Daniels, Emiliano, Ogbene, Canós

Bookings: Watkins (15 mins) (seventh of season), Clarke (83 mins)

Attendance: 22,049 (895 Bees fans)

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Ticket News

Last chance to buy your Bristol City Tickets

Away tickets for our game against Bristol City are available until 5pm today and won’t be available on Easter Monday

30 March 2018

Sky Bet Championship football is back this weekend as The Bees host Sheffield United today and travel to Bristol City on Monday. Tickets for our Easter Monday away fixture are available until 5pm today and won’t be available on Monday so don’t miss out book your tickets now and collect them from Ashton Gate Stadium before the match.

ON SALE DATE

  • Season Ticket Holders: Monday 5 March, 10am (two per person)
  • Club Members: Wednesday 7 March, 10am (two per person)
  • General Sale: Friday 9 March, 10am (two per person)

Ticket sales end at 5pm on Friday 30 March (subject to availability).

Tickets available: 1,901

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

PRICES

  Adults
(25-64)
Seniors (65+) Aged 22-24 Aged 19-21 Aged 12-18  Under 12
Advance Pricing £27 £24 £24 £21 £15 £10

Wheelchair/Ambulant pricing are as above with free assistant/helper. ID required for all concession tickets. 

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
  • For disability or access enquiries including blue badge parking at a cost of £13 please call Gareth Torpy on 0117 9630600 or email: supporterservices@bristol-sport.co.uk

Travel Info

Coach

Coaches depart from Layton Road Car Park at 10.30am. Book by phone on 0203 665 7371, Monday to Friday, 12pm-8pm.

 

Travel Club 
Members

Season Ticket Holders
and Club Members

General
Sale

Prices £17 £19 £21

Join the Bees Travel Club and save on coach fares. Membership is just £25 for the season, free for those 12 and under, and affords members a number of benefits. For further information please email lindajgilham@icloud.com

Train

From Friday 30 March through to 3am on Wednesday 4 March there will be no train service North of Weston Super Mare, South of Bristol Parkway or West of Bath Spa, in total 20 stations including Bristol Temple Meads will be served by replacement bus services instead of trains. Find more information on trains to Bristol City here.

MATCHDAY INFO

THIS GAME IS ADVANCE TICKET ONLY

THERE WILL BE NO SALES ON THE DAY

 

CUSTOMER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to the Terms and Conditions of issue. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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