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Brentford v Reading match preview

A look ahead to tomorrow's match at Griffin Park

15 September 2017

Brentford vs Reading

Saturday 16 September 2017

Griffin Park, 3pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

Reading were within a whisker of winning promotion back to the Premier League last season and will be hoping to go one better this time around. Reading finished third in the Championship last season and worked their way past Fulham in the Play-Off Semi-Finals. That set up a winner-takes-all contest with Huddersfield Town at Wembley for a place in the top flight that was won by the Yorkshire side on penalties after a rather dull 0-0 draw.

That performance last season was built on a strong home record, which saw them win 16 of 23 games. They won 26 games in all last term and that was enough to get them to third position despite having the worst defence in the top seven, and only two teams in the top half conceded more goals. But it was not enough to win them promotion.

This year Reading have been inconsistent, winning two and losing three of their first six games. They did not play on Tuesday as scheduled opponents Barnsley were in Carabao Cup action. That means they come in to the match 17th in the table but with games in hand on those above them.

The Manager

Jaap Stam was appointed as Reading boss in June 2016 and almost took them to the Premier League at the first attempt. The former Manchester United defender replaced the outgoing Brian McDermott when he arrived 15 months ago. Stam was renowned as one of the best defenders in the world during his playing days which included spells with PSV Eindhoven, AC Milan, Lazio, and Ajax.

At United, Stam won three Premier League titles, an FA Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, and the UEFA Champions League to add to nine other domestic honours picked up over the course of his career. He was voted into the PFA Team of the Year three times and won the UEFA Club Best Defender of the Year prize twice. He earned 67 international caps for Holland and finished fourth in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

The 45-year-old moved into coaching in 2011 at his first club PEC Zwolle, helping them to promotion from the Eerste Divisie, before becoming an assistant at Ajax in 2013. He joined Reading on a two-year contract last summer but committed his future to the Club by signing a new deal at the end of last season.

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Reading 1

A point apiece at Griffin Park

16 September 2017

Your Brentford v Reading match report powered by Utilita

A Josh Clarke goal was not enough to give Brentford a deserved win against Reading as they were pegged back by a second half penalty. The Bees dominated for long stages and fully merited a one-goal advantage they had inside the final quarter of the match. Clarke had smashed home in the first period and The Bees had created enough chances to add to that lead and take the points. But Liam Kelly lashed home a second half spot kick to ensure the game finished all square.

It was a case of what-might-have-been for The Bees. After a fast opening from the visitors to both halves, Brentford had control and had the chances to put the game beyond Reading. But a failure to give themselves a two-goal cushion meant that Reading were one opening away from taking a share of the spoils and that proved to be the case as they levelled inside the final 20 minutes.

Reading started the game really quickly. They got men forward in the opening exchanges and looked to press Brentford back. Jón Daði Böðvarsson had a sight of goal inside the first 30 seconds but John Egan made an important block and the Icelandic striker then got on to a long ball before Daniel Bentley soon after but slipped having rounded the Brentford goalkeeper and the chance was gone. Kelly blasted well over moments later.

All those Reading chances came inside the first five minutes as they harassed and harried Brentford. They pressed high up the pitch and gave little space for The Bees to play. It took Brentford a few minutes to work out their angles and they ways to create space in the centre of the pitch but once they did their central trio – Ryan Woods, Romaine Sawyers and Kamohelo Mokotjo – were able to cut the visitors open.

Brentford steadily took control of the game. They played with precision and patience and started to create chances. Florian Jozefzoon saw a shot blocked after he was found by Mokotjo and Neal Maupay saw an effort hit a defender soon after. Andreas Bjelland headed wide when well-placed and just past the quarter hour Brentford took the lead. Clarke burst forward from right back and found Maupay, he then got the ball back and smashed a shot through the hands of Vito Mannone.

It was a goal Reading would have considered preventable. They were never able to clear their lines after Paul McShane had presented the ball to Ollie Watkins. While the first chance came to nothing, Clarke picked up the loose ball and it was in the net seconds later, albeit via a shot that Mannone could, perhaps, have saved. The goalkeeper saved unconvincingly from Mokotjo soon after, following a lovely flick from Watkins, and Egan then saw a header blocked.

Brentford had the upper hand before the goal and once they had the lead confidence flowed. Reading were playing with scraps of possession as Brentford swarmed all over them and the early energy from the visitors vanished. Bjelland had another header saved from a deep corner before Mannone denied Maupay after a superb tackle from Woods. The Bees could have scored a second when a Mokotjo pass found Jozefzoon, his cut back fell to Watkins, the shot was blocked and Sawyers was bundled over as he attempted to follow-up. Referee Tony Harrington – who had clamped down on a lot of Reading foul play in the first half, but not all of it – decided no offence had been committed.

Jozefzoon fired a free kick over the bar and Watkins then had a shot blocked before McShane headed wide for the visitors at the other end. As half time approached Brentford continued to push forward. Jozefzoon was unable to head in a Watkins cross at the far post and Mannone saved at the feet of Maupay after McShane had almost played himself in to terminal trouble again. The teams went in to the break with Brentford in control but with only one goal to their credit.

That break came at a good time for Reading and they reappeared for the second half with a change in personnel – Roy Beerens replacing Böðvarsson – and renewed energy. They started the second half as they started the first and had chances to level. Kelly sliced a shot wide from the edge of the box before Liam Moore nodded across the six-yard-line and the ball was scrambled clear. Bentley then made a full length save from a curling Beerens shot.

Kelly had a shot blocked just before the hour mark but it appeared Brentford had weathered that storm. They began to find their passes in midfield again and most of the game was played in Reading territory. Jozefzoon shot wide as he tried to latch on to a lofted ball from Watkins and Sawyers had a shot blocked. Watkins curled a shot over for The Bees and an Egan header was saved as Brentford looked for a second goal.

They should have got one when they broke quickly and Clarke released Jozefzoon in behind, the winger got clear and cut inside with only Mannone to beat but he dragged his shot wide with Maupay waiting for a square pass and a tap in. And that proved to be a crucial moment as Reading equalised within three minutes. A deep free kick was played to the back post and Mr Harrington adjudged that Rico Henry had pushed Moore. He awarded a spot kick and Kelly smashed it high past Bentley to level the scores.

That could have knocked the stuffing out of The Bees but they came again and went looking to restore the lead they deserved. Watkins had a shot saved and a Bjelland effort was blocked when a free kick dropped loose. A Jozefzoon effort then landed on the roof of the net after a Nico Yennaris cross found its way to the back post and, from a free kick soon after, Bjelland saw a header blocked before Mannone somehow scrambled his second effort away.

Brentford thought they should have had a penalty when McShane bundled Maupay over when he looked set to shoot from ten yards after weaving his way though. The anger of the home side was further increased when Maupay was penalised for trying to tackle Mannone in a less firm way seconds later. Watkins headed wide late on but Reading could have snatched the win at the death. Joey van den Berg shot wide from the edge of the box and Sone Aluko hit the crossbar from long range in the dying seconds. That would have been a different level or cruelty for The Bees on an afternoon when not winning felt very unjust.

Brentford: Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Bjelland, Henry; Woods; Jozefzoon (sub Archibald 87 mins), Mokotjo (sub McEachran 74 mins), Sawyers (sub Yennaris 74 mins), Watkins; Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, Mepham, Barbet, Shaibu

Bookings: Egan (66 mins), Henry (69 mins) (second of season), Maupay (72 mins) (second of season)

Reading: Mannone; Gunter, McShane, Moore, Blackett (sub Obita 70 mins); van den Berg, Edwards; Aluko, Kelly (sub Bacuna 77 mins), McCleary; Böðvarsson (sub Beerens h/t)

Subs (not used): Jaakkola, Evans, Ilori, Clement

Bookings: McShane (5 mins), McCleary (24 mins), Edwards (34 mins), Obita (81 mins)

Attendance: 9,739 (1,650 away fans)

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Brentford face Reading at Griffin Park at 3pm

16 September 2017

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