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Match Preview: Brentford vs Sheffield United

The Blades head to Griffin Park on Good Friday

29 March 2018

Brentford vs Sheffield United

Griffin Park

Sky Bet Championship 

Kick-off 3pm

The Opposition

After romping to the Sky Bet League One title last season, The Blades have taken quickly to the second tier after a seven-year absence. An opening day success over The Bees was just one of 12 wins they picked up from their first 17 games as they set the pace at the top of the league for much of the autumn. 

The winter months have been less kind to Wilder's team with United winning just six of their last 21 league games to go into tomorrow's match outside the top six by two points. It's been a lack of goals which has seen The Blades slip away from the summit of the table; Billy Sharp and Leon Clarke, so deadly in the opening months, have scored just seven between them since November with United themselves managing just 14 in 16 games this calendar year. 

Team News

The Blades are able to welcome back Enda Stevens, Lee Evans, and David Brooks for tomorrow's visit to Griffin Park. Wilder's side will be without Paul Coutts who has missed much of the season with a broken leg. 

For The Bees, Rico Henry remains out with his knee-injury while tomorrow's game may come too quickly for Andreas Bjelland as he recovers from the calf injury picked up against Millwall. Romaine Sawyers also serves his one-match suspension after getting sent off against Middlesbrough last time out. 

The Manager

Chris Wilder is building up an impressive CV with last season's promotion at Bramall Lane his fourth as a manager. His playing career saw him make nearly 500 appearances for Sheffield United, Rotherham United, and Halifax Town amongst others during a 15-year career. 

After retiring in 2001, he took over at Alfreton Town and won four trophies during his 27 weeks in charge. A six-year spell at Halifax Town followed before the club was wound up in 2008 and he moved to Oxford United, via a six-month spell as Assistant Manager at Bury. Promotion via the Play-Offs came during his first full season and he followed that up with two top-half finishes back in League Two. 

In January 2014, Wilder departed The Kassam Stadium for Northampton Town. After saving The Cobblers from relegation that season, he led them to the League Two title in May 2015, with a points tally of 99. Nigel Atkins departure at Bramall Lane saw Wilder take over at his boyhood club last summer and he proved to be an instant success as The Blades ran away with last season's League One title. 

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: 'We have got to the stage now where they are must-win games'

Sergi Canos: "We haven't stopped believing"

Opposition View: Rob Staton of BBC Radio Sheffield with the lowdown on The Blades

We Meet Again: Re-live August's trip to Bramall Lane

Ticket and Travel News

Tickets for our Good Friday game are on sale now. Back Dean Smith and the boys against The Blades from just £25 adults and £8 juniors. For more information and to buy your tickets click here

Supporters should be aware that a Rail Replacement Bus service is in operation this weekend between Clapham Junction and Barnes. 

Betting Preview

Principal partners LeoVegas have a range of markets on tonight's game. Check out their wide range of markets 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 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 1 Sheffield United 1

Spoils shared in the rain at Griffin Park

30 March 2018

Your Brentford v Sheffield United match report powered by Utilita

Chris Mepham ended a memorable fortnight with his first goal in professional football as Brentford came from behind to draw with Sheffield United. The centre half made his Wales debut last week, during his first spell with the senior international side, and returned to West London days before the match. He scored midway through the second half to draw Brentford level and ensure they took a point in a 1-1 draw.

But the score line only tells a portion of the tale. The Griffin Park pitch had to withstand some of the heaviest matchday rain seen for years and the game as a spectacle was probably affected. Brentford had the better of the first half but United came closest to scoring and then took the lead early in the second period. Ryan Woods and visiting goalkeeper Jamal Blackman were sent off in the aftermath of Mepham’s equaliser and that gave both teams a chance to win it but neither could.

The rain fell steadily at Griffin Park in the hours before kick-off and when referee Jeremy Simpson got the game underway, conditions were far from ideal. Standing water in areas made slick, passing football difficult and the heavy rain meant the surface was changing through the match. Both teams set out to attack but with three central midfield players each, and the rain affecting the pitch, it was longer passes that created space.

Brentford looked to play in to the channels for Florian Jozefzoon and Sergi Canós to run on to with Neal Maupay linking the play while the visitors often looked for Leon Clarke and tried to play off him. United started on the front foot and had the first sight of goal when Clarke nodded towards goal but Daniel Bentley made a comfortable save. The Brentford goalkeeper came through a sterner test later in the first period when John Fleck cut through midfield and let fly from 25 yards but, despite the ball skipping off the slick surface, Bentley saved well.

Long-range shots were a temptation for both teams with goalkeepers likely to have difficulty with a wet ball. Henrik Dalsgaard let fly for Brentford and forced Blackman to save low and the United goalkeeper also kept out a curling effort from Mepham from distance. As the half developed, Brentford took the initiative, dominating possession and territory and dealing with the conditions slightly better. They also had the clearer chances.

Maupay saw a shot on the turn blocked before Nico Yennaris sliced wide with Blackman out of position following a corner. There was then a chance for Canós when a ball dropped loose but his shot was blocked and Maupay could not force it past Blackman, the goalkeeper sitting on the ball to stop its momentum. Maupay and Jozefzoon narrowly failed to turn in a dangerous Canós cross and Lewis Macleod fired over while, on a rare attack for The Blades, Chris Basham delivered a cross following a quick break that Billy Sharp could not convert at the far post.

That was arguably the best chance of the half although Sharp had another later on, as well as failing to convert when offside. The opening late in the half came when Fleck whipped a ball dangerously across the six-yard box but Sharp couldn’t score on the stretch and was penalised as he tried to poke home. Yennaris also had another sight of goal when Canós cleverly nodded a Dalsgaard ball in to his path but he failed to connect.

George Baldock could have put United ahead with the last kick of the half when Bentley failed to deal with a high ball and punched to the defender on the edge of the penalty area but he sliced wide with the goal unguarded, albeit with bodies in his way. And having ended the first period well, United also had the upper hand after the break. They took a high position at the start of the second half and made it difficult for Brentford to get any forward momentum. They took the territorial advantage and turned it in to a goal ten minutes after the break.

Brentford dealt with a corner but United picked up the loose ball and worked it to the edge of the box, Basham let fly from 20 yards and the ball ended up in the bottom corner. Bentley was rooted to the spot and there was an indication a deflection had wrong-footed the Brentford goalkeeper and given United the lead. But that was just the start of the action as the final 40 minutes producing goals, red cards and controversy.

Brentford made changes within minutes of going behind with Ollie Watkins and Kamohelo Mokotjo providing fresh impetus in midfield. Watkins drove at the heart of the United defence regularly, he won one free kick that Jozefzoon curled in to a defensive wall that appeared to be no more than eight yards away and another from Basham that, on another day, might have seen the visiting defender shown a second yellow card. It was that free kick, however, that led to the equaliser.

The ball was lifted in to the penalty area and Blackman failed to get a good connection with his punch, Mepham picked up the loose ball and drove it back past the goalkeeper and in to the net. As the Wales international celebrated his first professional goal, events in the goalmouth were taking the shine off a little. Woods tried to get the ball from Blackman to get the game back underway but the United goalkeeper refused to hand it over. There was a coming together and Blackman appeared to put his hands in to Woods’ face with the Brentford man trying to retrieve the ball. Mr Simpson decided both had committed offences worthy of dismissal and showed red cards.

While United introduced Simon Moore and reshuffled, Brentford set up without their midfield playmaker and it left 20 minutes for the teams to try and find a winner. And while there were chances at both ends, the visitors came closest. They maintained their strike pair and were happy to sacrifice some control in midfield as they looked to break quickly and find the crucial goal. And their continued high positions meant Brentford still had to play longer passes, unable to get things moving through Woods.

The Bees had not reached their high standards throughout and the closing stages were very bitty with passes going astray. The one move The Bees did put together saw Alan Judge and Yennaris set up Maupay but his low shot was saved by Moore. The better chances came at the other end. A clever pass from Fleck put Clayton Donaldson through in the inside left channel but current Brentford goalkeeper Bentley denied the former Bees striker.

Bentley then saved from Basham after the same man had a shot blocked and the Brentford goalkeeper then denied Clarke bravely after he had weaved his way through. Egan made a superb block from Fleck but United could still have won it in the dying seconds. Clarke put Donaldson away again and the striker looked as if he had slotted under Bentley but the Brentford goalkeeper earned his team a point with another super save.

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Egan, Mepham, Clarke; Woods; Jozefzoon (sub Judge 78 mins), Yennaris, Macleod (sub Mokotjo 60 mins), Canós (sub Watkins 60 mins); Maupay

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

Sent Off: Woods (69 mins)

Sheffield United: Blackman; Baldock, Basham, Stearman, O’Connell, Stevens; Lundstram (sub Evans 52 mins), Leonard (sub Moore 71 mins), Fleck; Clarke, Sharp (sub Donaldson 63 mins)

Subs (not used): Wilson, Lafferty, Holmes, Brooks

Bookings: Basham (50 mins), Stevens (60 mins)

Sent Off: Blackman (69 mins)

Attendance: 11,174 (1,650 away fans)

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Ticket News

Battle of the stripes…

The Bees welcome Sheffield United to TW8 for Easter football today!

30 March 2018

Tickets for this afternoon’s game at Griffin Park are still available as we face Play-Off contenders Sheffield United. The Bees look to catch up with The Blades to be the best Championship side in red and white stripes. Enjoy your afternoon with us and jump the queue later by purchasing your tickets online and selecting our print at home option.

Please note, this game will not go on General Sale and even Club Members need a previous ticket purchase history to qualify to buy for this game.

On sale dates

  • Club Members: Tuesday 16 January, 10am (one per person)
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 18 January, 10am (three per person)
  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 18 January, 10am (three per person)
  • Previous Purchasers: Monday 22 January, 10am (four per person)

Buy online now

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

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Become an Adult Club Member now and save £5 off your Match Ticket, join online here.

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ADVANCED PRICES

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)
25 19 17 8
Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)
30 24 22
New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
25 19 17
New Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
30 24 22
Ealing Road Terrace 25 19 17

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

BUY ONLINE

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.

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.

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.

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