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Match Preview: Notts County

All the news, views, and info ahead of tomorrow's Emirates FA Cup tie

5 January 2018

Brentford vs Notts County

Saturday 6 January

Griffin Park, 3pm

Emirates FA Cup Third Round

The Opposition

After troubling years at Meadow Lane, the signs are most-definitely pointing in the right direction for Notts County under manager Kevin Nolan and owner Alan Hardy. Almost a year to the day since County were beaten 4-1 at Morecambe, a ninth straight league defeat which left them a point above the Sky Bet League Two drop zone, Nolan's side arrive at Griffin Park second in the fourth tier, having lost just once in their last 11 in all competitions. 

The goals of on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder Jorge Grant have been crucial to The Magpies' successes this season. The youngster has netted 16 times in all competitions this campaign and adds youth to a squad packed full of EFL experience in the form of Jon Stead, Shola Ameobi, Jonathan Forte, Adam Collin, and Alan Smith.   

Team News

New County signing Liam Noble could make his debut for The Magpies on Saturday after re-joining from Forest Green. Former Brentford loanee Robert Milson will miss out, joining Adam Collin and Michael O'Connor on the sidelines while Shola Ameobi is a doubt, having missed Monday's win over Port Vale. 

For The Bees, new signing Emiliano Marcondes was included on the bench for Tuesday night's defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers with Josh Clarke making his return to action following an ankle injury. 

The Manager

Kevin Nolan is taking his first steps in the management game after a stellar playing career in the Premier League. The Liverpool-born midfielder made his name with Bolton Wanderers, spending more than a decade with the club. He made nearly 350 competitive apperances for The Trotters, helping them to Championship promotion, a League Cup final and two UEFA Cup campaigns, before leaving in 2009 to join Newcastle United. He scored 18 goals in his first full season on Tyneside as United romped to the second tier title.

He dropped down to the Championship again in 2011 and was a mainstay of West Ham United's promotion season, before going on to play for The Hammers in the top flight for a further four years. He became Leyton Orient player-manager in 2016 but lasted just three months at Brisbane Road before taking over at Meadow Lane a year ago next Friday. 

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith warns of Banana skin

Stats Zone: The facts and figures ahead of tomorrow's game against The Magpies

Opposition View: Get the lowdown on The Magpies with Leigh Curtis of the Nottingham Post

We Meet Again: Re-live our win over County back in 2014

Ref Watch: Find out more about tomorrow's man in charge

Ticket News

Tickets for Saturday's match against Notts County are on General Sale now from just £10 adults and £5 juniors. Get your tickets here

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm tomorrow with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live. He will be joined by Marcus Gayle and Alan Denman.

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

Brentford 0 Notts County 1

Bees exit FA Cup at Third Round stage

6 January 2018

Your Brentford v Notts County match report powered by Utilita

Brentford exited The Emirates FA Cup at the Third Round stage as a solitary goal was enough to give Notts County a passage to the Fourth Round. The Sky Bet League Two side produced a superb defensive performance to limit Brentford’s chances and then struck just past the hour mark to earn their place in the last 32. Brentford hit the post twice, including once in the dying seconds, but didn’t create as much as they could have done with their possession and missed the chances they fashioned. They will now have to concentrate on their league campaign for the rest of 2017/18.

It was an afternoon to forget for Brentford. The Bees dominated the ball and spent most of their time in County territory but found a well-drilled visiting defence a tough nut to crack. Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Marcondes Camargo Hansen both hit the woodwork and Ross Fitzsimons was the busier goalkeeper but the goal wouldn’t come. And that enabled Jonathan Stead to step up and score the winner for the County.

The League Two side came to Griffin Park with an attacking mindset. While they packed the midfield, playing two banks of four and a man just behind lone striker Stead, they had a positive outlook and created a couple of early chances. It took a good tackle from Chris Mepham to stop Stead getting on to a cross from Elliott Hewitt. And when the ball came back in soon after, Stead shot wide on the turn.

The visitors tried to be compact when they didn’t have the ball. They were largely content to let The Bees dominate possession and Josh McEachran dictated play from the base of Brentford’s midfield with Kamohelo Mokotjo and Lewis Macleod busy and willing just in front of him. Macleod had Brentford’s first sight of goal after a burst through the centre of the pitch but his shot hit Neal Maupay and a clever run from the Scottish midfield man got him on to a lofted McEachran pass soon after but his flicked header was saved.

Brentford were happy to commit bodies to attack, their first instinct being to try and win the game. They tried to find wide men Florian Jozefzoon and Emiliano when they could as the centre of the pitch was congested but the well-drilled County shape was hard to penetrate. Their best opening was from a McEachran free kick that was met by Mepham but he headed straight at Ross Fitzsimons. A low corner from McEachran was dummied by Mokotjo and met by Mepham soon after but that effort was blocked.

An acrobatic effort from Stead landed on the roof of the net before Ryan Yates met a free kick eight yards out but headed over the bar. But as the half wore on, Notts were dropping deeper and Brentford began to take command. They did not, however, create too many chances due to the organisation and solidity of the visitors. And it took a good tackle at the other end from McEachran to stop Stead going through on to a Terry Hawkridge pass. Brentford broke quickly and a Jozefzoon shot was well saved by Fitzsimons.

The County goalkeeper was in the action again soon after when he went to his left to turn away a powerful Maupay shot. Emiliano then headed the resulting corner over the bar before Macleod fired off target from 40 yards after picking up a loose kick from Fitzsimons and returning it first time. A Mokotjo header was saved before an aerial effort from a corner by Mepham was cleared inside the six-yard box.

Yoann Barbet blocked a fierce Hawkridge shot and an effort from Mokotjo was blocked as the first half of the cup tie ended all square. That almost changed immediately after the re-start when Hawkridge set up Lewis Alessandra but his shot was high and wide. A sliced effort from Mokotjo was cleared at the other end before Jozefzoon and Emiliano set up a shooting chance for McEachran but the midfield man shifted the ball and the effort was blocked.

The second half had continued in a similar pattern to the first. Brentford had most of the ball and dominated territory but their chances were not clear cut and County were dangerous on the break. They were also rugged and solid defensively, which meant the afternoon was becoming increasingly frustrating for Brentford. That frustration almost eased when a Macleod shot was blocked and a follow-up from substitute Watkins beat Fitzsimons, but it hit the post and rolled across the goal with referee Tim Robinson signalling it had not crossed the line.

That escape proved to be even more vital for the visitors when they scored moments later. Ilias Chatzitheodoridis lost a midfield challenge and the ball was fed to Stead in the inside right channel, he cut on to his left foot and sent a shot past the diving Luke Daniels and in to the far corner. It was an expertly finished goal by the experienced forward and left Brentford’s FA Cup future in real jeopardy.

The Bees took the bull by the horns and immediately set about trying to put things right, Watkins was already on and he was soon followed by Alan Judge, making a return to First Team football after 21 months out with a serious leg fracture. Sergi Canós was introduced later as Brentford continued to chase the game. Maupay had a shot on the turn blocked and then an effort saved after good work by Emiliano before Fitzsimons tipped a rising Jozefzoon effort over the bar.

Watkins met a corner with a powerful header but Fitzsimons saved and Judge, who delivered that dead ball then saw a shot blocked. The industry of Judge and the pace of Jozefzoon was giving Brentford hope and The Bees tried to move through the gears. Judge fired over and Jozefzoon then had a shot blocked. The ball was recycled and Watkins fed it across the goal but Maupay poked wide on the stretch.

County were sitting deeper and deeper but looking for a goal on the break. And they almost got one when, following a midfield battle between Stead, Mepham and Josh Clarke, Jorge Grant went through with only Daniels to beat but the Brentford goalkeeper made a fine save to his right. Canós fired wide for The Bees and Maupay saw a header saved as time started to run down.

The final stages were attack against defence as Brentford pressed but County held firm. The visitors were happy to break up play and earned four second half cautions as they tried to slow Brentford down. That meant there were set pieces for Brentford to exploit and the last of those, in stoppage time, was met by Emiliano but his header cannoned away off the post. That summed up Brentford’s afternoon and ensured County progressed.

Brentford: Daniels; Clarke, Mepham, Barbet, Chatzitheodoridis (sub Canós 77 mins); McEachran; Jozefzoon, Mokotjo (sub Watkins 63 mins), Macleod (sub Judge 70 mins), Emiliano; Maupay

Subs (not used): Balcombe, Yennaris, Sørensen, Sawyers

Notts County: Fitzsimons; Tootle, Brisley, Duffy, Jones; Hawkridge (sub Noble 74 mins), Hewitt, Yates, Grant (sub Walker 90 mins); Alessandra; Stead (sub Smith 81 mins)

Subs (not used): Pindroch, Dickinson, Forte, Hunt

Bookings: Tootle (52 mins), Duffy (54 mins), Jones (68 mins), Noble (90 mins)

Attendance: 6,935 (1,086 away fans)

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Ticket News

Pay on the Day for Notts County this afternoon

Be There this afternoon from only £10 adults and only £5 juniors

6 January 2018

The Bees kick off their Emirates FA Cup campaign this afternoon against League Two side Notts County at Griffin Park. Standing Tickets are available for £10 Adults while seating prices are only £15. Help The Bees to go through to the next round by buying yours now.

Standing tickets can be bought from turnstiles 5 and 6 right up to kick-off, cash only, while seating tickets are on sale online right up to kick-off and from the Braemar Road Ticket Office from 12 noon. 

Please note: there will be no tickets loaded onto any Brentford Cards. All Season Ticket Holders’ and Club Members’ tickets will be paper tickets only. No Brentford Cards will be active for this fixture.


  • Season Ticket Holders: Monday 11 December, 10am (four per person)
  • Club Members: Wednesday 13 December, 10am (four per person)
  • General Sale: Friday 15 December, 10am (four per person)

Season Ticket Holder seats will be held until Friday 22 December at 4pm. Those who signed up to our Home Cup Tie scheme will have their tickets issued by Friday 22 December. 




Blocks Adults Seniors


Braemar Road Stand  £15 £12 £12 £5
New Road Stand  £15 £12 £12 £5
Ealing Road Terrace £10 £10 £10 £5
All prices exclude booking fees.
  • No booking fees for online purchases at
  • 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
  • All credit card payments will incur a fee of £1.50 (AMEX is not accepted)
Should a replay be needed this would take place at Meadow Lane on Tuesday 16 January and prices would be as follow: 

Adult - £15.00 | Senior (60+) / Youth Adult (18-21) - £10.00 | U18 - £5.00 | U12 - £1.00 | U7 – Free



7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Save on fees

  • by phone 020 8847 2511 (option 1), Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
  • in person from the Ticket Office, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
  • 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.


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 – under 25 (as of 1 August)
  • Senior – 65 and over (as of the 1 August) 

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.

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.


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

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