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Match Preview: Blackburn Rovers

All of the info ahead of tomorrow's meeting at Griffin Park

1 February 2019

After an unbeaten January, which saw us pick up seven points from a possible nine in the Sky Bet Championship and make progress in the Emirates FA Cup, we begin February with a visit from Tony Mowbray's in-formBlackburn Rovers. Below you will find all the information ahead of tomorrow's clash at Griffin Park.

THE OPPOSITION

Saturday's clash pits two sides who have had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2019 against each other.

Rovers have enjoyed a perfect start to the new year, winning four out of four in the Sky Bet Championship, scoring nine and conceding just once, to move up to eighth in the table. Those four wins came off the back of a tricky run of five defeats in eight for Tony Mowbray's side in the run-up to Christmas. 

The fact that Rovers aren't in the top six is down to their form away from Ewood Park. They have just four wins to show from their 14 away games this term, as supposed to seven wins and six draws from 15 at home. 

Bradley Dack (pictured above) has been the key man for Rovers since promotion in the summer, carrying on the form which saw him named the League One Player of the Year last season. The attacker has scored ten goals, with five assists, in 26 outings this term, one clear of Danny Graham in Blackburn's league scoring charts.

TEAM NEWS

For Blackburn, Captain Charlie Mulgrew won’t return to the squad after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury. New signing Harry Chapman is also not in contention to make the squad yet. Everyone else is fit and available, other than long-term absentees; Dominic Samuel and Ben Gladwin. 

Brentford's team news is even simpler with Emiliano Marcondes and Lewis Macleod the only two set to miss out.

THE MANAGER

Tony Mowbray became Rovers' ninth manager in four-and-a-half seasons when he took over at Ewood Park in February 2017. As a player, Mowbray is best remembered for his decade-long stay at home-town club Middlesbrough, captaining The Teesiders from the brink of liquidation to the top tier of English football in the late 1980's. Mowbray moved to Celtic in 1991 and spent four seasons at Parkhead before finishing his career at Ipswich Town, where he won promotion to the Premier League in 2000 shortly before his retirement.

Mowbray began his managerial career with a brief stint at Portman Road before spells with Hibs, West Bromwich Albion, Celtic, Middlesbrough, and Coventry City. Before promotion with Rovers last season, his only previous managerial honour came guiding West Brom back to the Premier League in 2008.

LAST TIME OUT

A single second-half goal was enough to condemn us to a first defeat of the season back in August. 

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

Hot Off The Press: Rich Sharpe previews Rovers

Ref Watch: Andy Davies will be in charge of tomorrow's clash

TICKET INFO

Watch The Bees live at Griffin Park on Saturday. Tickets are still on general sale and start from £23 Adults and only £6 Juniors.

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MATCHDAY COVERAGE

Mark Burridge presents Matchday Live from Griffin Park this weekend, alongside for Brentford player Marcus Gayle. Hear live commentary and build-up to the game from 2.30pm in West London.

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 5 Blackburn Rovers 2

Bees fight back from two down to record memorable win

2 February 2019

Brentford extended their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions with a remarkable victory over Blackburn Rovers. The Bees found themselves two down inside seven minutes against a team that had won four in a row and arrived at a cold Griffin Park full of confidence. But Brentford came all the way back. Saïd Benrahma scored in the first half before two from Ollie Watkins turned a half time deficit in to a 3-2 lead. Neal Maupay got his customary goal and Sergi Canós sealed the win with Brentford’s fifth.

Although 5-2 may make the win look slightly more convincing that it was, there was no doubt The Bees earned the points. It was too early for the game to have any pattern when Rovers went two up and Brentford’s persistence and skill in front of goal was well rewarded. The visitors were very good on the counter-attack but their two goal scorers – Bradley Dack and Danny Graham – went off early in the second half and they never looked quite as likely to get a third without them. And when Brentford went ahead, there was no way back.

Although Brentford had the ball in Blackburn territory in the opening seconds, the game could probably not have started in a worse fashion for The Bees. From Brentford’s first attacking possession, Blackburn broke away and scored and within seven minutes the visitors were two goals ahead. On a cold afternoon, the game immediately warmed the Griffin Park crowd as the goals and tackles flew in and an entertaining spectacle unfolded.

Both of Blackburn’s goals in the opening exchanges would have disappointed Brentford. The first came when goalkeeper David Raya released right back Elliott Bennett, Adam Armstrong appeared on the overlap and cut the ball back for the arriving Dack to finish well from 15 yards. The second came when Armstrong was felled needlessly on the right, Harrison Reed delivered the free kick and Graham rose highest to plant a header in to the top corner from 12 yards.

They came within five minutes of each other and within seven minutes of kick-off and set Brentford back. The Bees had looked to get on the front foot from the opening whistle but Blackburn were using the space left as Brentford attacked, particularly on the home side’s left. Raya had made a save from Benrahma between the goals when he linked well with Maupay and The Bees had shown signs they could create space, but they had a mountain to climb.

But before the quarter hour mark, the first steps had been taken as Benrahma grabbed his third goal in three Championship games. And it was a superbly executed one. It came when Maupay dispossessed Dack in Brentford’s half and The Bees broke, Benrahma fed it back to the striker and then got it back via Kamohelo Mokotjo before stepping past Jack Rodwell and curling a shot past Raya and in to the net. The speed of the break left Blackburn floundering and The Bees were back in it.

And that set a pattern for the afternoon. It was attack and counter-attack. Brentford had most of the ball and territory but Blackburn looked to get forward at pace when they got the ball and were probably having the better of the chances. Graham dragged a shot wide when Yoann Barbet failed to clear an Amari’i Bell cross and Rico Henry then diverted an Armstrong shot over the bar. The resulting corner was delivered by Reed and as Daniel Bentley came and failed to make contact, Darragh Lenihan headed over.

Barbet saw a shot blocked at the other end and a Mokotjo effort deflected wide before a free kick from Benrahma was tipped on to the crossbar and over by Raya. Benrahma was starting to take centre stage. The ball appeared glued to his feet at times and he weaved his way between challenges and was the focal point of attack after attack. Not all of them resulted in good chances for The Bees but he did set up Romaine Sawyers for a shot that rose over the bar.

Blackburn held their early lead in to half time but had to defend well to do so. They were well-organised in defence but stretched across the length of the pitch at times as Henry, on the left, and Henrik Dalsgaard, on the right, got forward. When Dalsgaard rose highest to meet a cross and Watkins cleverly dummied, Maupay could have equalised, but he sliced his shot over the bar.

There was still time at the end of the first half for Bentley to make a low save from an Armstrong free kick and ensure Brentford went in only one behind. And that proved to be vital as The Bees made a fast start after the break. The home side went back on attack at the start of the second period. They had chances from the first whistle and equalised before the hour mark.

The goal came from the left, as most of Brentford’s attacking play had done. Mokotjo was crudely taken out by a late tackle from substitute Craig Conway and referee Andy Davies awarded a free kick, albeit deciding it was not worthy of further punishment. Benrahma rolled the ball square and a fierce low shot from Watkins flicked off a couple of legs before dying under Raya and nestling in the bottom corner.

The equaliser was fully merited on the balance of play at the start of the second period and, indeed, throughout the game. Watkins could have scored early in the second half when a Benrahma free kick fell to him ten yards out, but his shot was weak and Raya saved. Substitute Moses Odubajo saw a shot blocked and then led a break on the left before crossing to Maupay but his effort was, again, saved by Raya. When Benrahma left Bennett in his wake and fed Maupay the striker fired in to the side netting rather than across Raya and in to the net.

Bentley saved a Lenihan header, but most of the action was at the other end. Raya pushed away a Benrahma free kick before a short corner was played to Sawyers, his shot was sliced in to the path of Dalsgaard and the defender saw his effort blocked. Those chances all came before Watkins levelled it up and set up an end-to-end last half hour.

Blackburn played their part in the thrilling later stages. Despite Dack and Graham going off, they posed a real threat at set pieces and responded well to Watkins’ equaliser. A Reed corner was scrambled away and if Joe Nuttall had controlled a through ball, he would have been left with only Bentley to beat.

But Brentford were starting to hit top gear. The attacking trio were linking superbly and the introduction of Odubajo had given fresh legs and impetus on the left. Mokotjo and Sawyers were also starting to take control of the midfield and the third goal, while it included a defensive mistake, came from that midfield battle. Mokotjo won the ball and fed Maupay on the left, he cut inside and let fly with a shot that was blocked, it looped up and Raya came to gather but was beaten to it by Watkins and the header bounced in.

Bell could have levelled immediately when Lenihan got his head to a corner and the overhead effort flew just wide of the far post. And that proved to be crucial as Brentford had their fourth moments later with Benrahma once again to the fore. The wide man turned free in midfield and found space, the ball was worked to Sawyers and his through ball was flicked – again by Benrahma – in to the path of Maupay, with only Raya to beat he finished with aplomb to give Brentford breathing space.

Watkins had a shot blocked but there was still time for Canós to come off the substitute’s bench and add the fifth. And once again, it was a marvellous goal. The Spanish attacker led a break and exchanged passes with Maupay before heading towards goal, Canós then played a one-two with Watkins before slotting past Raya to make it five.

It could have been six when Maupay almost latched on to a Canós pass but Raya saved at his feet to deny the French striker. But Brentford were not to be denied. On a day when Brentford FC Community Sports Trust were to the fore with participants featuring in a Community Takeover Day with roles across the Club, The Bees delivered a performance to remember and sent everyone involved home with a smile on their faces.

Brentford: Bentley; Konsa, Jeanvier, Barbet; Dalsgaard, Mokotjo (sub McEachran 85 mins), Sawyers, Henry (sub Odubajo h/t); Watkins, Maupay, Benrahma (sub Canós 80 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Sørensen, Dasilva, Ogbene, Odubajo

Bookings: Barbet (45 mins) (fourth of season)

Blackburn Rovers: Raya; Bennett, Lenihan, Rodwell, Bell; Armstrong, Travis, Evans (sub Brereton 62 mins), Reed; Dack (sub Conway 52 mins); Graham (sub Nuttall 52 mins)

Subs (not used): Leutwiler, Williams, Smallwood, Rothwell

Bookings: Lenihan (71 mins)

Attendance: 9,972 (1,435 away fans)

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Ticket News

Today’s tickets still available

Book your tickets online to skip the queues today

2 February 2019

We’re back at Griffin Park today and expect a tough game against in-form Blackburn Rovers. With tickets still available, book yours online now and select “print at home” to skip the queues at the Ticket and Collection offices.

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This fixture will be our first ever Community Takeover Match which will raise funds to sustain and grow Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s health, community, education and disability projects. For this game, we will donate £1 to our Trust for every match ticket sold. Find out more about the Trust's work here.

On sale dates

  • Club Members: Tuesday 18 December, 10am (one per person)
  • Please note: Members need to login to their ticketing account to get their membership discount and priority access. Read more here. Members are now able to upload their own Match Ticket to their Brentford Card. Additional tickets will be issued as ‘Print at Home’.
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 20 December, 10am (three per person)
  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 20 December, 10am (four per person)
  • General Sale: Saturday 22 December, 10am (four per person)

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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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Matchday prices

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)
28 22 20 6
Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)
33 27 25 6
New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
28 22 20 6
New Road Stand
(All other blocks)
33 27 25 6
Ealing Road Terrace 28 22 20 6

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

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7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Save on fees

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, 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 0333 005 8521, 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 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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