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All the info ahead of tomorrow's trip to The Riverside Stadium

29 September 2017

Middlesbrough vs Brentford

Saturday 30 September

The Riverside Stadium, 3pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

Following relegation from the Premier League in May it's been a steady, if unspectacular, start to the season for Garry Monk's men. Goalscoring was Boro's achilles heel in the top flight last season, and they took a while to warm their shooting boots this term. After just four goals in the opening five games, which did include narrow wins over Burton Albion and Sheffield United, a 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers signalled an upturn in form. 

Boro go into Saturday's game having lost just one in eight in all competitions, a 1-0 reverse at home to Norwich City on Tuesday night, and on the back of five clean sheets in their last seven. At the other end of the pitch, £15 million summer-signing Britt Assombalonga has been responsible for five of their 11 league goals this campaign. 

Assombalonga was just one of a number of big-money summer additions which included Irish internationals Darren Randolph and Cyrus Christie, Danish striker Martin Braithwaite, as well as Johnny Howson, Ashley Fletcher, and Ryan Shotton. Garry Monk has a full squad to choose from with the exception of Rudy Gestede who misses out with a thigh injury. 

The Manager

Garry Monk arrived at The Riverside Stadium in June, having left his post at Leeds United the previous month. His only season at Elland Road saw him lead United to a seventh-placed finish, their highest in six years, before resigning in late May.

As a player he began his career with Torquay United before moving on to Southampton in 1996. He had spells with Stockport County, Oxford United and Sheffield Wednesday on loan and eventually joined Barnsley on a permanent deal. The centre-back made just three appearances for The Tykes and left on a free at the end of the campaign. He joined League Two side Swansea City in 2004 and went on to play in every division for them until they reached the top flight in 2011, making the majority of his later appearances as captain.

Stepping into the dugout, the 38-year-old saved his former club from relegation and got them to the Round of 32 in the Europa League when he took over from Michael Laudrup in 2014. The following year he led The Swans to league doubles over both Arsenal and Manchester United as they finished eighth and Monk was awarded a new contract. After a run of one win in 11 games, he left Swansea in 2015 after spending more than 12 years of his career with the Welsh club.

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: "One defeat in six gives puts us in a good position to hopefully go up there and get a result"

Ticket & Travel News

Advanced sales for tomorrow's trip end at 2pm on Friday. Matchday sales will be from the visitors ticket office situated just by the away turnstiles. This will be ‘cash only’ no price increase 

Adult £30

Senior 65+ £20

Junior U18 £17 

Any duplicated or collections will also be from this office

Our Away Day Guide for The Riverside Stadium can be found here.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm tomorrow with Mark Burridge hosting live commentary alongside Mick Cabble 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

Middlesbrough 2 Brentford 2

Bees lead twice but draw in North East

30 September 2017

Your Middlesbrough v Brentford match report powered by Utilita

Brentford earned themselves a point against big-spending promotion-favourites Middlesbrough with a 2-2 draw at the Riverside Stadium. The Bees led twice in the North East thanks to goals from Yoann Barbet and Ollie Watkins and arguably did enough to win the game. But they were pegged back twice as the hosts found two equalisers. The first from Martin Braithwaite came midway through the second half after The Bees had led at the break and Fábio da Silva earned his team a draw with a goal 14 minutes from time.

The point was the least Brentford deserved from their afternoon’s work. When they went ahead through Barbet just before the half hour it was a lead they fully merited having taken control of the game following an even start. The hosts were forced to change shape and plan as they chased a leveller and eventually got one from a free kick only for The Bees to restore their lead almost immediately. But Fábio had the final say and ensured the game finished all square.

The first 20 minutes of the game were, by and large, even. Brentford had more than their fair share of possession and looked to get their midfield forward to support striker Neal Maupay. For their part Middlesbrough’s first thought was to look to get right winger Adama Traoré on the ball. The speedy attacker looked to isolate him on Rico Henry and had a couple of early runs without finding the right final ball. Full backs Fábio and Cyrus Christie also joined in for the hosts as they tried to test Brentford at the back.

Middlesbrough had the best chance of the first quarter when Britt Assombalonga escaped on the right and cut the ball back, he found Braithwaite and the Danish striker turned but shot wide from 18 yards. Brentford, however, probably had more attacking positions in those opening exchanges. They had appeals for a penalty turned down when it looked like Kamohelo Mokotjo had been hacked down by Adam Clayton but referee Paul Tierney put his whistle to his lips and then did nothing as Brentford’s midfield man found Nico Yennaris on the edge of the penalty area. The shot from Yennaris was blocked, as was one seconds later from Florian Jozefzoon, and the chance was gone.

Barbet shot wide from 35 yards after being allowed to wander forward unchallenged before a clever header from Henrik Dalsgaard put Jozefzoon in to space in the inside right channel but his shot flew across the face of goal and just past the far post. By the time Watkins robbed Clayton and weaved his way in to the penalty area and saw a shot deflect wide the home fans were booing and jeering their own players and Brentford had control of the game.

The work of Yennaris and Mokotjo in midfield stifled the hosts and when The Bees got the ball they attacked with menace. And just before the half hour, they had the lead. The goal came from a well-executed but relatively simple dead ball. Watkins delivered it from the inside right channel and Barbet found himself unmarked to head in to the bottom corner from ten yards. Goalkeeper Darren Randolph was left helpless by the shoddy marking in front of him and Brentford’s domination of proceedings had turned in to a lead they undoubtedly merited.

The afternoon took a sour turn soon after when Henry challenged Traoré and landed awkwardly. After a few minutes of treatment on his knee he was removed on a stretcher and Josh Clarke came on to play at left back. That could have given the hosts a boost but The Bees till retained their control of the game as half time loomed. Maupay was crowded out when Chris Mepham nodded a corner down and Watkins then curled a shot wide after picking up a loose ball.

Marvin Johnson blasted well over for the hosts and Daniel Bentley gathered when Assombalonga challenged for a loose ball but Brentford came closest to adding the second goal of the game before the break. After Watkins and Jozefzoon had been crowded out when they failed to make the most of a run at the defence the ball was recycled and a Dalsgaard cross found Maupay in front of the home defence but he steered the ball wide.

Brentford’s display had given them the lead and forced Middlesbrough in to a half time re-think. Traoré was withdrawn and Ashley Fletcher, a striker, came on in his place. That did little to alter the shape of the game and the only early chance for Middlesbrough was when Assombalonga headed over. At the other end Watkins saw a shot deflect wide and then had one blocked as The Bees utilised the growing space on the Middlesbrough right.

Jozefzoon burst in to the box but pulled a shot wide and The Bees had another penalty appeal soon after when Watkins appeared to be bundled over by Christie after getting on to a Clarke pass. Once again Mr Tierney waved play on and Maupay’s shot was blocked. That proved to be a key moment as Middlesbrough levelled minutes later. A free kick was played in to the box and not fully cleared, Ben Gibson nodded down and Braithwaite swivelled to smash in from close range.

That could have deflated Brentford but The Bees went back on the attack. Middlesbrough were overcommitting men in attack and after umpteen attempts, Brentford made the space count. Clarke started it with a burst from deep and then fed Jozefzoon on the right, his cross should not have found Watkins on the far post but when it did the Brentford man smashed home with glee to give his team the lead for the second time.

Unfortunately, that lead only lasted four minutes. Jonny Howson was the architect for the hosts as he won the ball and then darted forward. He played a clever give and go with Fletcher before squaring the ball, it reached Fábio at the far side and he slotted home. That set up a grandstand finish but Brentford – with the newly introduced Romaine Sawyers and Josh McEachran – looked just as likely to get the crucial fifth goal.

They almost struck immediately when Jozefzoon had a shot blocked after getting on to a McEachran pass. Brentford then recycled the ball and Watkins had a shot blocked before another Jozefzoon effort deflected wide. Bentley made a fine low save from Christie and then saved at the feet of Assombalonga when a free kick dropped loose.

There were chances at the death for both teams and more controversial moments. Christie looked as if he had been felled when he burst in to the box but once again Mr Tierney did not give a penalty. He also failed to book Christie for a dive and then avoided giving the full back a second yellow card again moments later for a cynical pull on Watkins. The Bees then almost won it when a deep free kick was nodded back across by Dalsgaard but the ball was scrambled away and, following a goalmouth pushing and shoving match that saw further cautions dished out, that was that.

Middlesbrough: Randolph; Christie, Shotton, Gibson, Fábio; Howson, Clayton; Traoré (sub Fletcher h/t), Braithwaite (sub Baker 79 mins), Johnson (sub Bamford 64 mins); Assombalonga

Subs (not used): Konstantopoulos, Friend, Leadbitter, Fry

Bookings: Christie (70 mins), Bamford (90 mins), Randolph (90 mins)

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Mepham, Barbet, Henry (sub Clarke 36 mins); Woods; Jozefzoon, Mokotjo (sub Sawyers 73 mins), Yennaris (sub McEachran 73 mins), Watkins; Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, Sørensen, Archibald, Shaibu

Bookings: Dalsgaard (67 mins) (second of season), Watkins (90 mins) (second of season), Maupay (90 mins) (third of season)

Attendance: 24,545 (332 Bees fans)

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Ticket News

Matchday sales at The Riverside Stadium this afternoon

There's still time to join us on Teeside

30 September 2017

Matchday sales will be from the visitors ticket office situated just by the away turnstiles. This will be cash only:

Adult £30

Senior 65+ £20

Junior U18 £17 

Any duplicated or collections will also be from this office

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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