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Match Preview: Brentford vs Bolton Wanderers

We welcome The Trotters to Griffin Park on Saturday

21 December 2018

We welcome Bolton Wanderers to Griffin Park tomorrow, looking to pick up a festive three points. Below you will find all the pre-match information and build-up.

THE OPPOSITION

Beset by financial problems off the pitch, Bolton continue to struggle on the pitch, heading to Griffin Park second from bottom and with just one win to their name since August.

Chairman Ken Anderson had to personally pay the players wages earlier this month with The Trotters struggling to balance the books. Midfielder Stephen Ireland had his contract cancelled on Thursday meaning 17 players have now left The Macron since the summer. 

Following a bright start to the season, which saw Phil Parkinson's side take ten points from their first four games, The Trotters have won just one and drawn five of their last 18 Sky Bet Championship games to slide down the table. 

Top scorer Josh Magennis has four goals to his name, double that of any other Bolton player,  but has failed to find the net in his last 15 appearances.

TEAM NEWS

Aside from the long-term absent duo of Lewis Macleod and Emiliano Marcondes, the rest of The Bees squad is fit and available for selection.

Bolton will be without suspended winger Craig Noone, but forward Sami Ameobi is available again after a ban. Defender Mark Beevers could return to the squad after a minor groin injury saw him miss the defeat by Leeds.

THE MANAGER

Phil Parkinson played more than 350 EFL games for Reading during an 18-year playing career that started at Southampton and also took him to Bury. He moved into management with Colchester United in 2003, winning promotion with the Essex side in 2006 before taking over at Hull City. Parkinson lasted less than six months on Humberside, going on to join Charlton Athletic as Assistant Manager to Alan Pardew. After taking over in November 2008, he couldn't stave off relegation and lost in the League One Play-Offs a year later.

Parkinson was sacked in January 2011, arriving at Bradford later that year. The Bantams finished 18th in his first season in charge but he won promotion the following campaign, at the same time becoming the first manager to take a fourth-tier team to a major Wembley final when The Bantams faced Swansea City in the EFL Cup Final. Parkinson left Valley Parade in 2016, after nearly five years with the club, and led Bolton back to the second tier in his first season in charge before miraculously keeping them up last term. 

LAST-TIME AROUND

Florian Jozefzoon and Neal Maupay struck late on in either half to secure a third straight league win against The Trotters back in January. 

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

🗣 Thomas Frank says the focus this week has been on hard work, belief, and togetherness

🗣 Julian Jeanvier feels he is ready to help the team after his return from injury

🆚 Marc Iles of the Bolton News on what to expect from The Trotters

TICKETS AND TRAVEL

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand 
(B300, B301, B305)
20 15 5 1
Braemar Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
20 15 5 1
New Road Stand 
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
20 15 5 1
New Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
20 15 5 1
Ealing Road Terrace 20 15 5 1

There is a planned strike on South West Trains meaning no service in or out of Brentford station tomorrow. Plan your journey here

MATCH COVERAGE

Matchday Live will be brought to you from Griffin Park with live iFollow commentary and analysis from the New Road Stand. Mark Burridge is your host from 2.30pm.

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 Bolton Wanderers 0

A single goal gives Brentford a vital home win

22 December 2018

Neal Maupay scored the only goal as Brentford’s final game at Griffin Park in 2018 ended in a vital home win. The striker smashed in just past the hour mark to settle the game in Brentford’s favour and enable them to beat Bolton Wanderers at an unseasonably mild Griffin Park. Maupay took his tally for the season to 14 with the goal, which gave Brentford their first win since mid-October.

The Bees had to work hard for their three points but were the team that tried throughout to win the game. They pushed Bolton back for long periods and while they never reached top gear, they did enough to get over the line. The visitors had less possession and fewer chances and while they could have earned a point, a new-look Brentford defence did enough to keep them at bay.

Brentford started brightly. With three central defenders starting the match, wing backs Rico Henry and Moses Odubajo could get up the pitch and join in the attack. That also allowed Saïd Benrahma and Ollie Watkins to start the game in more attacking positions and The Bees went on the attack from the first whistle.

There was an early chance when Henry headed a Julian Jeanvier pass in to the path of Benrahma and the cross found Maupay, but he flicked it wide at the near post. A clever free kick from Romaine Sawyers then released Watkins inside the box but he volleyed over before Benrahma tricked his way in to space and let fly with a fierce cross-cum-shot that Ben Alnwick punched away and was fortunate to see it land away from a Brentford player ten yards out.

An Ezri Konsa pass almost opened Bolton up as it landed between the central defenders and allowed Watkins to get on to the ball and round Alnwick, but the touch was heavy and the ball rolled out of play. Watkins had another shot deflect in to the arms of Alnwick soon after before a deep free kick allowed Jeanvier to lash a volley in to the penalty area that had to be scrambled away. An incisive run from Benrahma then enabled Maupay to set up a shooting chance for Kamohelo Mokotjo but his effort deflected just wide.

Brentford had complete control of the first quarter of the contest. While they did not always maintain the speed of play they would have been looking for, they dominated possession and territory and were on the front foot. Bolton tried to have a high starting position and stop The Bees moving the ball out of defence but generally had to play on the counter-attack. They barely had an attacking move in the first half hour and their only shot – from Marc Wilson – went a long way wide but they were level as half time approached.

Alnwick helped keep it that way as he rushed out to beat Odubajo to a Mokotjo through ball before Henry saw a shot blocked after a good move involving Maupay and Watkins. Alnwick then saved low from Maupay after he exchanged passes with Watkins but in between, Bolton could have gone ahead. Will Buckley saw a volley blocked by Odubajo when one cross was half cleared and the next fell to Gary O’Neil on the edge of the penalty area but Jeanvier bravely deflected it away. The corner was half cleared and Sammy Ameobi weaved in to the penalty area before letting fly with a shot that was saved by Daniel Bentley.

Alnwick saved a low shot from Benrahma, who was Brentford’s main attacking threat in the first half. The Brentford attacker then wriggled free to set up space for Sawyers to let fly from 20 yards, but the effort whistled wide. Ameobi lashed a free kick well over at the other end before a nice move on the left enabled Buckley to lift in a deep cross that reached Pawel Olkowski at the far post, but his effort was also high and wide.

That meant the game was goalless at the break and while Brentford had the upper hand, Bolton had been comfortable in the later stages and posed an attacking threat. The Bees would have been looking to regain the initiative early in the second half and, while they still were not always as quick as they could be with the ball, they did have early chances to take the lead.

A short corner between Benrahma and Maupay ended with the latter shooting over from ten yards. Alnwick then saved a low Benrahma free kick before Watkins was unable to get enough power on a header to trouble the Bolton goalkeeper. Maupay then had a shot from 25 yards that flew high and wide.

Brentford had been pressing at the start of the second half, but Bolton’s defensive line had held firm. However, just past the hour mark they gave Maupay the merest sight of goal and he won Brentford the game. A cross was cleared and Benrahma nodded it in to the path of the Brentford striker, he took a touch, swivelled and lashed a shot in to the top corner from 12 yards to put The Bees in front. Maupay celebrated his 14th goal of the season as Bolton appealed in vain for offside.

And it could have been two a few minutes later when Brentford broke quickly after Henry had made a vital clearance deep inside his penalty area. Benrahma set up Watkins for a shot that deflected just past the post. The corner was played low to Sawyers on the edge of the penalty area and his effort appeared to be whistling towards the net before David Wheater made a vital block. Benrahma then saw a free kick deflect inches over the crossbar.

The Bees had been forced in to a defensive change with Chris Mepham going off and Yoann Barbet, making his 100th Brentford appearance, on in his place. With Bolton throwing men forward as they chased the game, The Bees were forced back and there was some vital defending in the later stages. Henry threw his body in the way of everything and there were superb pieces of defending from Sawyers, as Ameobi looked to break, and Mokotjo, deep inside his penalty area as the minutes ticked down.

Craig Noone almost conjured an equaliser for Bolton when he picked up the ball on the right and weaved in to the box, he fired a cross-cum-shot that bent just past the far post, eluding his team mates. Maupay made a vital block in the dying seconds, stopping a shot inside his penalty area and when Noone lifted the ball back in, Alnwick – up for the corner – found himself unmarked, but his header drifted wide of the far post. That ensured that Brentford took a vital win and ended 2018 at home on a high.

Brentford: Bentley; Konsa, Jeanvier, Mepham (sub Barbet 68 mins); Odubajo, Sawyers, Mokotjo, Henry; Watkins (sub Canós 88 mins), Maupay, Benrahma (sub Judge 79 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Dalsgaard, Dasilva, McEachran

Bookings: Mepham (40 mins) (fourth of season)

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick; Olkowski (sub Noone 68 mins), Hobbs, Wheater, Taylor; O’Neil, Lowe, Wilson, Buckley (sub Magennis 76 mins); Doidge (sub Donaldson 82 mins), Ameobi

Subs (not used): Matthews, Beevers, Vela, Grounds

Bookings: Lowe (14 mins), Wheater (72 mins), O’Neil (90 mins)

Attendance: 10,512 (961 away fans)

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Ticket News

This afternoon’s tickets still available

Tickets for today’s game can still be purchased online

22 December 2018

The Bees face Bolton Wanderers at Griffin Park this afternoon and you can still buy your tickets online. By purchasing yours here, you will be able to select ‘print at home’ tickets to avoid queueing at the ‘Ticket Collection’ later. Give Thomas Frank the support he needs and help us get back to winning ways, buy now.

Buy Bolton tickets now

*Membership discount does not apply for this fixture.

On sale dates

  • Club Members: Tuesday 6 November, 10am
    Please note: Members need to login to their ticketing account to get their membership discount and priority access. Read more here. For this game, Members will not be able to load their ticket onto their Brentford Card.
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 8 November, 10am
    Please note: Season Ticket Holders need to login to their ticketing account to get their priority access.
  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 8 November, 10am
  • General Sale: Monday 12 November, 10am

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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Plan your visit and make the most of your day at Griffin Park, visit our family website.

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Prices

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)
20 15 5 1
Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)
20 15 5 1
New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
20 15 5 1
New Road Stand
(All other blocks)
20 15 5 1
Ealing Road Terrace 20 15 5 1
Members discount does not apply for Young Persons. 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), Mon to Fri, 10am-4pm
  • in person from the Ticket Office, Mon to Fri, 10am-4pm
  • group bookings can be made here
  • disabled fans by phone 020 8847 2511 (option 1), Mon to Fri, 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)
  • Senior – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Where a Season Ticket Holder forgets their Brentford Card they will be required to pay a £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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