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Match Preview: Middlesbrough

All the information you need ahead of Saturday's match

16 March 2018

Brentford host Middlesbrough at Griffin Park this weekend with only nine games to go in the Sky Bet Championship. The Bees are going after their first win in three games in this 3 o'clock kick-off.

The Opposition

Boro are back on the hunt for Premier League football after dropping out of the division last season. Sixth as things stand, Tony Pulis' side have won three of their last four matches and come into this match with striker Patrick Bamford in top form.

On 30 September, Chris Mepham made his full league debut as The Bees managed a 2-2 draw at The Riverside Stadium. Yoann Barbet scored in the first half before Martin Braithwaite levelled after the interval. Ollie Watkins had Brentford's second but former Manchester United fullback Fábio equalised with quarter of an hour to go.

Boro's last three wins have come against three clubs in the bottom half of the Championship; Leeds United, Hull City and Birmingham City. They also drew 3-3 with Sunderland on 24 February.

Team News

Andreas Bjelland is a doubt for this weekend's match after picking up an injury in the 1-0 defeat to Millwall last weekend. Alan Judge and Lewis Macleod have both got minutes in recent months after returning from long-term injuries, and could be in line for a start as the season draws to a close.

Fullback Tom Field played 90 minutes for Brentford B in the week against Kelty Hearts before returning to London, and he could get himself in the matchday squad for Saturday.

27-year-old Boro defender Daniel Ayala is facing a struggle to prove his fitness ahead of the weekend match after missing training with a groin strain. 

There were doubts over duo Mo Besic and Patrick Bamford with both complaining of hamstring trouble, but they have come through the week in good health and will be available this weekend.

Rudy Gestede was lost to a season-ending injury last month and backup striker Britt Assombalonga has reportedly had talks with the manager this week about his place in the side.

The Manager

Tony Pulis is a veteran manager appointed by Boro on Boxing Day 2017 after the departure of Garry Monk. His previous three clubs include Stoke City, Crystal Palace and most recently West Bromwich Albion. He has also held posts at Plymouth Argyle, Bristol City and Gillingham.

A former defender with appearances for Bristol Rovers and Newport County, Pulis has gained a reputation in football for getting good results despite tight financial restrictions. His aim with Middlesbrough is to return them to top flight football at the first time of asking, something he last acheived with Stoke in 2008.

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: 'it certainly becomes a very big game for us'

Stats Zone: all the numbers ahead of Saturday's kick-off

Opposition View: Paul Fraser of The Northern Echo talks to us about Boro

Ticket News

It’s our St Patrick’s Day fixture tomorrow and availability in some areas of the ground is now limited with the away stand sold out. With tickets still available from £23 Adults and only £6 Juniors, securing a seat now ensures you don't spend an extra £5 when the price increases (except Juniors).

What’s more, we’re now starting to resell tickets that have been returned by Season Ticket Holders. So if you’re a Season Ticket Holder and can’t attend tomorrow’s game, don’t forget to return yours to save on your 2018/19 Season Ticket.

Read more about our Ticket Exchange here.

End of Season Sale

As part of the St Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, you will be able to buy a 2017/18 green Away Shirt in our Stadium Shop for £20 Adults and £15 Juniors (in store only on Saturday 17 March). Read more about the end of season sale here.

Match Coverage

iFollow will be providing commentary from Griffin Park from 2.30pm with Matchday Live hosted by Mark Burridge. Mark's guests this weekend will be former Bee Marcus Gayle and Mick Cabble.

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 1 Middlesbrough 1

Bees come from behind to earn draw at Griffin Park

17 March 2018

Your Brentford v Middlesbrough match report powered by Utilita

A first goal in a Brentford shirt for Lewis Macleod earned The Bees a point against promotion-chasing Middlesbrough. The Bees had fallen behind against the run of play but hit back and levelled before the interval as Macleod fired home. The Bees dominated for long stages and had the better chances but could not get the crucial second goal and had to settle for a share of the spoils against the team that sit sixth in the Sky Bet Championship.

The point was the least The Bees deserved. Despite ending with ten men after Romaine Sawyers was rather harshly sent off, they were the team that spent most of the afternoon looking for the victory. But they came up against a well-drilled defence and were unable to find the winner. Which meant Macleod, recently back from a serious knee problem after previously suffering with other injuries since his arrival on the last day of 2014, was the man who took the plaudits for earning Brentford a point.

The teams appeared to be evenly matched in the opening exchanges. Both lined up with three in the centre of midfield and they cancelled each other out for much of the early stages. Middlesbrough looked to play slightly longer than The Bees but had their attacking midfield players higher up the pitch, trying to prevent Brentford passing their way out from the back. The hosts had the better chances in the first 20 minutes but didn’t test goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

It took a fine defensive header from Ben Gibson to prevent Neal Maupay heading in a superb cross from Macleod and there was a better chance moments later. A free kick was played quickly and Ryan Woods played a long pass to Henrik Dalsgaard, the shot came in from Chris Mepham and fell to Maupay eight yards out but he lashed it over the bar when he should have hit the target. Middlesbrough’s first sight of goal came when Mepham failed to deal with a cross and the ball dropped to Jonny Howson but Daniel Bentley was alert and got down to save. So, when the visitors went ahead midway through the half it was against the run of play.

The goal came out of nothing but was expertly taken by Adama Traoré. The speedy wide man had hardly been in the game when stationed on the right wing but popped up on the left and came up with a goal. Brentford had tried to break from a Middlesbrough corner but found themselves on the defensive again as the attack broke down. The move looked as if it had been halted but Traoré weaved in from the left and fired in a shot from 20 yards that whistled past Bentley and in to the net. The run should probably have been halted but once the ball left the foot of Traoré, Bentley could do nothing.

Traoré went close again soon after with a low shot that Bentley saved at his near post and the wide man, Middlesbrough’s most effective attacking outlet, also forced a block from John Egan after a fine run in first half stoppage time. But, by that point, Brentford were level. The Bees had responded well to going behind, they switched their wide players at times and with Macleod knitting the game together in midfield, Brentford were dominating possession and territory.

Mepham headed a Macleod corner wide soon after Middlesbrough’s goal as Brentford went back on the attack. It then took a fine save from Randolph to push away a rising drive from Macleod after good work by Maupay. And 12 minutes after going behind, The Bees were level. They had pushed Middlesbrough back and recycled play on multiple occasions before Florian Jozefzoon fed Macleod, his first shot was blocked but he fired the second, left footed with unerring accuracy, past Randolph and in to the bottom corner.

Macleod celebrated his first Brentford goal with great joy with all his team mates, marking his first start for around 18 months and capping a fine opening to his game. It could have got better for The Bees before the break as an Ollie Watkins header from a Dalsgaard cross flicked wide. Maupay then shot straight at Randolph after exchanging passes with both Kamohelo Mokotjo and Watkins.

The 1-1 half time score was the least Brentford deserved and they had control of the match in terms of both possession and territory, which would have given the home fans confidence there was more to come after the break. But it was Middlesbrough that started the second period the better. They appeared to have gone up a gear at the interval and pushed The Bees back in the early stages of the second half.

Dalsgaard was forced to make an important tackle when it looked as if Howson might get on to a mishit Adam Clayton shot. Patrick Bamford was then left unmarked at the far post from a Stewart Downing free kick but was unable to make a good connection and the chance was gone. The visitors should probably have created more from their possession at the start of the second period but The Bees soon regained the initiative and were pushing forward.

Macleod saw a shot deflect wide and then had one blocked before a fine run in to the box from Jozefzoon set up a shooting chance for Maupay that flew over the bar. Jozefzoon curled a free kick in to a defensive wall and then combined with Mokotjo to set up Macleod but his low shot was comfortably saved by Randolph. Traoré had a sight of goal at the other end when Bamford knocked down but the ball bounced awkwardly and he fired over.

Substitute Sergi Canós shot wide after cutting inside and then saw an effort saved by Randolph before the excellent Woods fired over the bar after a marauding run from midfield. Dalsgaard saw a shot blocked before Jozefzoon set up Sawyers for an effort that looked as if it was heading for the bottom corner before Randolph got down to make an excellent stop to his right. The corner was played short, Sawyers crossed and a Jozefzoon header was blocked and Randolph gathered.

A Traoré shot deflected wide at the other end but Middlesbrough were holding on. Brentford produced wave after wave of attack but found the white wall unbroachable. Maupay saw a shot blocked before a pair of efforts from Josh Clarke also failed to beat defenders and Alan Judge fired wide when well-placed.

The game was niggly at times with both teams prepared to put a foot in when required. Referee Simon Hooper never quite seemed to have control of the game and while a large incident never looked likely, there was a lack of consistency to cautionable offences which meant players regularly transgressed and waited to see what would happen next. Unfortunately for Brentford, Sawyers was the man picked out for special treatment. He was deservedly cautioned for tripping Traoré but moments later he was unable to get out of the way when the Middlesbrough man sped towards him. Mr Hooper decided that was also a bookable offence and Sawyers was dismissed.

That gave Middlesbrough a boost and they almost won it at the death. Bentley made an important save, tipping a Grant Leadbitter chip over the bar. And when the resulting corner dropped loose, Woods bravely got in to the way of Bamford’s effort. However, Brentford also could have won it with their ten men. One four-on-three break went to waste as Judge’s pass was ahead of Maupay and the French striker was cynically blocked off in chase without punishment. A Canós shot was also deflected wide at the death as The Bees had to settle for a point.

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Egan, Mepham, Clarke; Woods; Jozefzoon, Mokotjo (sub Judge 83 mins), Macleod (sub Sawyers 75 mins), Watkins (sub Canós 67 mins); Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, Barbet, Yennaris, Emiliano

Bookings: Woods (14 mins) (eighth of season), Dalsgaard (53 mins) (fourth of season), Mepham (90 mins) (third of season)

Sent Off: Sawyers (90 mins) (second bookable offence)

Middlesbrough: Randolph; Shotton, Ayala (sub Fry 60 mins), Gibson, Friend; Howson (sub Leadbitter 65 mins), Clayton, Bešić (sub Assombalonga 75 mins); Traoré, Bamford, Downing

Subs (not used): Konstantopoulos, Cranie, Harrison, Baker

Bookings: Clayton (29 mins), Gibson (51 mins), Bešić (62 mins), Friend (90 mins)

Attendance: 11,134 (1,650 away fans)

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Ticket News

Tickets for today’s game still available

Jump the queue this afternoon – buy your tickets online and print them yourself to save time

17 March 2018

Tickets for today’s match are still available. Dean Smith and his team face in-form Middlesbrough as we celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Griffin Park so join us today to enjoy an special afternoon out with us. Buy your tickets online and print them yourself to save time before the match.

What’s more, we’re now starting the resell tickets which have been returned by Season Ticket Holders. So if you’re a Season Ticket Holder and can’t attend tomorrow’s game, don’t forget to return yours to save on your 2018/19 Season Ticket. Read more about our Ticket Exchange here.


  • Club Members: Tuesday 2 January, 10am (one per person)
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 4 January, 10am (three per person)
  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 4 January, 10am (three per person)
  • Previous Ticket Purchasers: Monday 8 January, 10am (four per person)

Please note this game is not on general sale and even Club Members need a previous ticket purchase history to qualify to buy for this game.

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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

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  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket), plus a £1 postage fee when booking over the phone



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  • 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 - 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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