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Match Preview: Burton Albion

All the necessary info ahead of tonight's trip to The Pirelli Stadium

6 March 2018

Burton Albion vs Brentford

Tuesday 6 March

Pirelli Stadium, 7.45pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

The Brewers proved the old adage of 'it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog' when they stayed up last May and they have designs on doing just the same this time round. Dwarfed in size by the other clubs embroiled in the relegation scrap, Nigel Clough's side continue to do just enough to give themselves a fighting chance of securing a third-straight season in the second tier. 

If they are to stay up again this term, then their home form will need to improve between now and May. Burton have won just twice in front of their own fans all season, the most recent of those coming against Fulham in September, and have scored just four goals in their last eight home outings. 

Nigel Clough bolstered his attacking options in January with the arrival of former England striker Darren Bent and the capture of exciting youngsters Jacob Davenport and Martin Samuelsen, on loan from Manchester City and West Ham United. Three points from safety, and with the worst goal difference in the division, Clough will hope that trio can fire quickly as he looks to steer The Brewers to safety once more. 

Team News 

For Burton, Tom Flanagan and Luke Murphy are back available tonight but Hope Akpan could be sidelined by an ankle injury injury. Defenders John Brayford and Ben Turner will miss out due to calf injuries but Marvin Sordell is expected to be fit after shaking off the effects of illness and a sore toe.

Brentford's injury news is much simpler with only Rico Henry absent due to a long-term knee injury. Otherwise, Dean Smith has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the trip to The Pirelli Stadium. 

The Manager

An accomplished striker during his playing days, Clough, son of legendary manager Brian, earned 14 England caps during a career that took in Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday, and Burton Albion. Clough made his name under his father at Nottingham Forest where he helped The Reds to two League Cup titles and two Full Members Cup titles, scoring 131 goals during his time at The City Ground.

After retiring from professional football in 1998, Clough spent the next decade as player-manager and then manager of Burton taking them from the seventh tier of English football to the brink of the Football League before departing for Derby County in 2009. His four years at Derby saw steady improvement but he was unable to break into the Play-Offs.

After a poor start to the 2013-14 season he was sacked in September, taking charge at Sheffield United a month later. He led The Blades away from the League One relegation zone and to an FA Cup semi-final, exploits which saw him named the LMA FA Cup Manager of the Season. United repeated their cup heroics the following season with a run to the League Cup Semi-Final but it wasn't enough to stop Clough parting company with United at the end of the season. Clough returned to Burton in December 2015 and guided them to promotion six months later.

Pre-Match Briefing

Opposition View: Joshua Murray of the Burton Mail previews tonight's match

We Meet Again: Re-live our incredible 5-3 victory over Burton last March

Ref Watch: Tony Harrington will take charge of tonight's game at The Pirelli

Away Day Guide: How to get there, where to park, and what to do

Ticket News

There is no Pay on the Day tonight and advanced sales for this evening's game have ended.

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 Brentford will be live from 7.45pm tonight with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live alongside Simon Ratcliffe 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

Burton Albion 0 Brentford 2

Second half goals give Brentford away win

6 March 2018

Your Burton Albion v Brentford match report powered by Utilita

Ollie Watkins scored one and made one as Brentford picked up a win against Burton Albion. The Brentford attacker saw a cross turned in to his own net by Kyle McFadzean to put The Bees in front just before the hour mark. It was a lead The Bees had to work hard for but one they merited on the balance of play. And Watkins sealed a 2-0 win with the second goal ten minutes from the end.

It was a hard-fought win for The Bees but one they deserved. On a poor pitch, with one flank almost unpassable, Brentford played all the football. They defended when they had to but spent most of the evening on the front foot and went looking for the three points. With two second half goals, that is what they got.

Both teams tried to get forward in the opening exchanges and there were chances at either end in the first ten minutes. Brentford went closest with John Egan flicking a Watkins free kick just out of the reach of both Henrik Dalsgaard and Andreas Bjelland and inches past the post. At the other end, Ryan Woods turned a Damien McCrory cross just wide of his own goal after a good move on the left. And when the resulting corner came in, Lucas Akins saw a shot blocked.

Burton tried to match up with The Bees in terms of formations. They played with a lone striker and three central midfield players but with their wide players unable to get up the pitch, front man Liam Boyce was isolated. While they tried to play through midfield, they struggled against Brentford’s energetic approach and were often forced to play long balls. By the midway point of the first half, The Bees had control, even if they did not have the lead.

They looked as if they had found a way through when Florian Jozefzoon seemed to have robbed Tom Naylor on the edge of the Burton box, the Brentford man looked like he was impeded after winning the ball but referee Tony Hartington said no offence had been committed. Kamohelo Mokotjo met a deep Watkins cross and lifted it back across goal but wide of the far post before a Dalsgaard shot was blocked. There was then a great chance for Bjelland but he turned a Jozefzoon corner wide at the far post.

Jozefzoon should have done better when he weaved his way in to the box on the right but he pulled a shot wide and he had another golden chance soon after. Ryan Woods played a free kick deep, Dalsgaard knocked it back and Neal Maupay set up Jozefzoon but he blazed over. Watkins had a shot blocked late in the half after cutting inside and then couldn’t find a way through as The Bees tried to work the second phase of play.

That moved summed up Brentford’s first half. They played predominantly on the front foot and almost exclusively in Burton’s half but couldn’t find a way through. The final ball wasn’t quite up to scratch, chances came and went and a terrible playing surface – which didn’t run true from the first touch – meant Brentford’s one touch play often failed to find its mark. The hosts almost snatched the lead late in the half on the break when Lloyd Dyer got away on the left and to the by-line, away from Dalsgaard, his cross was met by Martin Samuelson but he volleyed over.

There was also a controversial end to the half when the few home fans in attendance, forgetting the lifeline Mr Hartington had given Naylor, beseeched the officials to dismiss Maupay. The Brentford striker had got himself booked for dissent and then had the misfortune to be in the vicinity when Burton’s lumbering defenders threw themselves to the floor. Mr Hartington decided no cautionable offence had been committed – a consistent first half theme – and Maupay stayed on until the break, when he was replaced by Emiliano Marcondes Camargo Hansen.

The control Brentford had at the end of the first half didn’t extend to the start of the second. Emiliano didn’t occupy the same positions as Maupay and with Burton content to sit a little deeper, the game took a while to get going after the break. Brentford dominated possession but in less threatening areas and there were no chances of note. But when the first opening came, The Bees had the lead.

It came from a free kick won by a run down the right by Jozefzoon. Tom Flanagan hacked him down, received a yellow card and moments later his team were behind. It looked as if the kick had been wasted when it flew deep across the penalty area but Sawyers played it back and Watkins, who delivered the first ball, drilled it across and McFadzean turned it in to his own net. The Burton defender had little option as he had to get a touch and all he could do was put it in.

Buoyed by the goal, Brentford went through the gears and from then on, there only looked like one winner. It was almost two moments later when, after fine interplay with Watkins, a Sawyers cross just eluded Emiliano. Emiliano then almost got on to a Sawyers pass but McFadzean, who failed to intercept first time, got back to make the tackle. That almost turned in to a Burton equaliser as the ball was smashed long and Boyce got away from Egan and Bjelland but blasted in to the side netting.

There had been another half opening for the hosts earlier when Dyer got away on the left but Bjelland showed McFadzean how it was done as he managed to clear his crossbar with a close-range clearance. And Egan almost scored an own goal when he got a touch to a Marvin Sordell cross, it diverted the ball away from Daniel Bentley but past the post.

Those chances were as close to Burton came and Bentley did not actually make a save all night. Sergi Canós could have doubled the lead when he got on to an Emiliano lay off but the shot was blocked. The second goal did, however, come moments later. The Bees played a free kick quickly and Canós and Sawyers combined to feed Nico Yennaris, he found Watkins and the attacker cut inside two men before rolling a shot in to the corner. Burton goalkeeper Stephen Bywater was motionless, leading to thoughts the shot may have taken a deflection but the shot was expertly placed and Brentford had breathing space.

From then on, it was just a matter of how many Brentford would score. Canós wriggled free and delivered a cross that Watkins nodded past Bywater but also just past the post. Bywater then kept out, unconvincingly, a swerving Canós shot before rushing out to beat Watkins to a through ball after he had evaded a clumsy hack from the labouring McFadzean.

Even in the dying seconds Bywater was forced to save low to his right from a fine Watkins shot. The resulting corner was delivered by Canós and Egan flicked it just past the post. That meant Brentford had to settle for two but that was enough for the three points.

Burton Albion: Bywatrer; Akins, Naylor, McFadzean, McCrory (sub Flanagan 41 mins); Davenport; Samuelson (sub Sordell 53 mins), Murphy, Allen, Dyer; Boyce (sub Bent 82 mins)

Subs (not used): Campbell, Varney, Buxton, Sbarra

Bookings: Flanagan (59 mins)

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Egan, Bjelland, Clarke; Woods; Jozefzoon (sub Canós 72 mins), Sawyers, Mokotjo (sub Yennaris 78 mins), Watkins; Maupay (sub Emiliano h/t)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Mepham, Macleod, McEachran

Bookings; Maupay (33 mins) (eighth of season)

Attendance: 3,464

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Ticket News

Buy your Burton away tickets before 4pm today

This is your last chance to follow The Bees to Burton as tickets won’t be available tomorrow

5 March 2018

Tomorrow, The Bees travel to The Pirelli Stadium for our away fixture against Burton Albion. Give Dean Smith and his men your vocal support and buy your tickets before 4pm today.

 

Please remember: Away Tickets will not be sold at The Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday.

ON SALE DATE

  • Season Ticket Holders: Tuesday 13 February, 10am (four per person)
  • Club Members: Thursday 15 February, 10am (four per person)
  • General Sale: Monday 19 February, 10am (four per person)

Ticket sales end at 4pm Monday 5 March (subject to availability).

Tickets available: 1,000

BUY ONLINE NOW

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

PRICES

  Adults
(23-64)
Seniors (65+) Young Persons 
(17-22)
Juniors
(U17)
Advance Pricing - Terrace £20 £18 £15 £7
Advance Pricing - Seating £24 £22 £22 £14

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

  Adults
(23-64)
Seniors (65+) Young Persons 
(17-22)
Juniors
(U17)
Wheelchair £20 £18 £15 £7

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

TRAVEL INFO

Coaches depart from Layton Road Car Park at 3.15pm. Book by phone on 0203 665 7371, Monday to Friday, 12pm-8pm.

 

Travel Club 
Members

Season Ticket Holders
and Club Members

General
Sale

Prices £21 £23 £26

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

MATCHDAY INFO

Advance purchase only, no ticket sales on the day. 

Block 1 seating is family area preferred.

Concessions must have proof of I.D, any ticket purchased incorrectly will be refused entry without a refund.

Juniors under 17 must be accompanied, any tickets bought for juniors only, will be cancelled.

Juniors under 5 not permitted in the terrace.

Tickets off sale 4pm Monday 5th March.

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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