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Match Previews

Match Preview: Ipswich Town

All the details you need ahead of Brentford's trip to Ipswich Town

18 August 2017

Ipswich Town vs Brentford, Portman Road, Sky Bet Championship, kick-off 3pm

The Opposition

Ipswich played out their 15th season of Championship football in a row last year, finishing four points clear of the relegation zone. They were one of the league's most changeable teams week by week as results went from wins to draws to defeats every match. Their longest winning streak was two, Burton and Newcastle in April, while their defeats went one better with three in a row to end the season. Their decline towards the bottom of the league wasn't helped in February and March, where they nothced a six-game drawing run ended only by Cardiff City away from home.

In the cup competitions, Ipswich didn't get very far. They crashed out of the EFL Cup in the First Round after losing 1-0 to Stevenage. They were also one of Lincoln City's conquests on their way to a Quarter-Final with Arsenal.

This season has seen The Tractor Boys win four from four, giving their fans hope of a strong 17/18 campaign. An opening day win over Birmingham City was followed up by a 2-0 victory against luton Town to see them through to the next round of the Carabao Cup. Narrow wins have since come against Barnsley and Millwall.

Last time out Brentford left Portman Road with a point after a 1-1 draw with Ipswich. Nico Yennaris scored to level out an earlier strike from Emyr Huws.

The Manager

Mick McCarthy is the Championship's longest serving manager. Capped by Republic of Ireland in his playing days, the Barnsley-born 58-year-old has been in charge since 2012.

A career that spanned from the 1970s to the early 1990s had him make appearances for Barnsley, Manchester City, Celtic, Lyon and Millwall. Moving into management with The Lions in 1992, he soon followed that with a spell in charge of his national team. After Jack Charlton had resigned, he guided the squad to the knockout stages of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. He later managed Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining The Blues alongside long-time assistant Terry Connor.

Ticket & Travel News

Tickets went off sale at 2pm today, however fans will be able to pay on the day at Portman Road. More information is available here.

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: 'the important thing is how we approach the game.'

Dan Bentley: 'We've got to be on it defensively'

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from Portman Road at 2.30pm on Saturday with Mark Burridge providing live commentary.

Make sure you download the Official Brentford FC App and get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game.

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Match Reports

Match report Ipswich Town 2 Brentford 0

Defeat for Brentford in East Anglia

19 August 2017

Your Ipswich Town v Brentford match report powered by Utilita

Brentford failed to make the most of a dominant first half performance as they were beaten by Ipswich Town. The Bees had the better of almost all the opening 45 minutes but trailed at the break as they failed to convert their chances and were punished for a small mistake. The hosts then built on that goal – scored by Martyn Waghorn – and doubled their lead after the break through Joe Garner. Their eventual 2-0 win never really looked in doubt once they had that advantage.

Ipswich started the match with an incredibly attacking line-up. They had a front three with David McGoldrick in behind and forward-thinking Grant Ward as one of their central midfield pair. The home side wanted to get forward at every opportunity, they regularly had multiple players beyond the ball and looked to find them quickly. But Brentford were aware of their task and set about stopping Ipswich getting forward, The Bees dominated possession and territory in the early stages and could have been a couple of goals ahead in the first quarter of the match. That they weren’t, probably cost them the win.

The visitors almost went ahead within 80 seconds – a half cleared corner dropped to Kamohelo Mokotjo 20 yards out and his shot fizzed past the post before Bartosz Bialkowski in the Ipswich goal had even moved. The goalkeeper would have got nowhere near the shot if it had been inside the post. When a free kick was half cleared soon after a Neal Maupay shot failed to trouble Bialkowski and the Ipswich goalkeeper then saved at the feet of Florian Jozefzoon when Ollie Watkins had tried to play him in.

Nico Yennaris had a great opportunity when, after a move on the left, Romaine Sawyers let a Maxime Colin pass run to him but he took a little too long and when the shot came in it was deflected away. Watkins then saw a shot blocked before Maupay failed to get a full connection on a Yennaris cross and his acrobatic effort was saved. Yoann Barbet could only flick a deep cross wide soon after when well-placed before Watkins, who delivered that ball, brought a good low save out of Bialkowski with a fizzing 20-yard shot.

Ipswich had spent almost all the first 20 minutes in their own half. Brentford’s dominance of the ball had not given the hosts a sniff but they had a solid foundation and had kept The Bees out. They almost struck on the counter attack when Freddie Sears broke the offside trap but Barbet got back to make a recovery tackle. There were, however, signs that Ipswich were weathering the storm. Brentford were having more and more possession in the central third and playing in front of the hosts, who appeared to have found a more defensive mindset. It was, however, grossly against the run of play when Ipswich took the lead.

The goal came when Brentford overcommitted men forward and lost the ball in midfield, McGoldrick got a run at the heart of the defence and when Yennaris made a tackle the ball broke to Waghorn to poke home. The goal owed something to fortune, the ball falling to the only Ipswich player up in support, but Brentford lost the ball in their own half and were made to pay.

McGoldrick could have doubled the lead soon after when he wriggled free and let fly with a fierce shot but Daniel Bentley saved. And the goal didn’t really change the pattern of the game. After a brief lull, Brentford regained the momentum as half time approached and pushed Ipswich back. Maupay’s all-action style was causing the hosts problems, and riling the home fans, but he was not winning the free kicks he felt he should and was getting frustrated, so much so he was booked for dissent at the end of the half.

Maupay was, however, Brentford’s most likely route to an equaliser. Bialkowski punched clear when he tried to get on to a Sawyers pass and the French striker may have levelled it if Harlee Dean had not taken a Colin cross off his toes, Jozefzoon’s shot was then deflected over. Watkins saw a shot blocked after a one-two with Maupay before a spell that saw Bialkowski saved superbly from Sawyers, Yennaris fire against the crossbar and Barbet see an effort blocked.

Bialkowski saved again from a Jozefzoon header late in the half – but probably shouldn’t have been given the chance given the effort was from around ten yards – and Henrik Dalsgaard saw a shot blocked as Ipswich held on to lead at the break. But the second half was a different affair. Ipswich had a more solid shape and scoring a second goal within six minutes of the re-start meant Brentford were unable to gain any momentum.

The goal came from a Waghorn corner, Garner rose to head powerfully towards goal from 14 yards and referee Oliver Langford signalled that Yennaris’ efforts to clear off the line had been unsuccessful. The referee pointed to his watch – telling the world that the EFL’s Hawkeye system had confirmed the goal – and Ipswich’s celebrations started.

The Bees had actually started the second period on the front foot. Dominic Iorfa put a Colin cross just past his own post and, from the short corner, Yennaris sliced a shot wide. But the second goal appeared to knock the stuffing out of Brentford a little. A Cole Skuse shot deflected just wide as Ipswich looked for a third and it took a superb recovery tackle from Barbet to stop Garner firing home after he burst on to a ball over the top.

Brentford tried to respond and it took an important clearance from Myles Kenlock to stop Jozefzoon getting on to a deep cross. Mokotjo then forced a save from Bialkowski with a low shot and Lasse Vibe did likewise with an audacious lofted effort. Unfortunately for Brentford, the Danish attacker had to limp off 12 minutes after replacing Maupay, handing a professional debut to Theo Archibald.

Jozefzoon and Sawyers had shots blocked as Brentford continued to press but Ipswich had settled to hold what they had. They were defending deeper and deeper, making it difficult for Brentford to play through or behind them and they dealt with balls in to the box relatively comfortably. When Bialkowski did make a mistake, failing to properly connect with a punch as a Watkins shot looped up, the ball dribbled wide with Jozefzoon unable to pounce. In many ways, it summed up Brentford’s afternoon.

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski; Iorfa, Spence, Knudsen, Kenlock; Ward, Skuse; McGoldrick (sub Nydam 84 mins); Waghorn (sub Downes 69 mins), Garner, Sears (sub Rowe 89 mins)

Subs (not used): Gerken, Celina, McDonnell, Woolfenden

Bookings: Kenlock (80 mins)

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Dean, Barbet, Colin; Mokotjo; Jozefzoon (sub Clarke 78 mins), Sawyers, Yennaris, Watkins; Maupay (sub Vibe 62 mins (sub Archibald 74 mins))

Subs (not used): Daniels, Egan, Bjelland, Westbrooke

Bookings: Sawyers (40 mins) (second of season), Maupay (45 mins)

Attendance: 15,348

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Ticket News

Ipswich away tickets on general sale

Tickets for our trip to Portman Road are on General Sale

7 August 2017

Tickets for Brentford's Sky Bet Championship trip to Ipswich Town are now available to all Bees fans. Dean Smith's side head to East Anglia on Saturday 19 August for their second away match of the league season, which kicks off at 3pm.

Sale dates are as follows:

  • Season Ticket Holders - Thursday 3 August (four per person)
  • Club Members - Friday 4 August (four per person)
  • General Sale - Monday 7 August (four per person)

Tickets for the game are priced as below:



Adults (23-64)


Seniors (65+)


Young Persons (19-22)


Juniors (under 19)



Our Ticket Office has 989 tickets for the match. These will be in the upper tier of the Colbat Stand and will be sold in Block V1 and then V2.

Tickets for disabled supporters can only be bought from Ipswich Town FC. There are eight pairs of tickets for supporters in wheelchairs plus helper, costing £18, and 23 pairs of tickets for ambulant disabled supporters plus helped, costing £18. Disabled supporters should call 0147 340 0556. 

Buy your tickets online here.

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