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Match Preview: Oxford United

Bees in FA Cup Third Round action this week

4 January 2019

The Bees get their 2018/19 Emirates FA Cup campaign underway at home to Oxford United in the Third Round on Saturday afternoon. Unbeaten in four, Thomas Frank's side are hoping to get past The U's who currently sit 28 places below them in League One.

The Opposition

Finishing in the bottom half of the table last term didn't enamour Oxford to the bookies this time around, and indeed so far they are holding steady in 22nd. United have lost their last three in the league without scoring a goal; Southend, Bristol Rovers and Plymouth all victorious over the festive period.

The summer saw the changes ring out at the Kassam Stadium. Jamie Mackie arrived from Queens Park Rangers, alongside new boys Matthew Taylor (Derby) and Tony McMahon (Bradford City). Sam Carruthers signed on loan from Sheffield United, Luke Garbutt also joined on loan from Everton in July.

Heading out the exit, Joe Rothwell went to Blackburn Rovers while former Newcastle defender Mike Williamson went to Gateshead. Canice Carroll was also transferred to The Bees in August, who has now joined Swindon Town on loa

Team News

Thomas Frank gave us an update on The Bees in his press conference this week. Chris Mepham has been pushing for a return to full fitness this month. Marcus Forss returned to First Team training recently but the FA Cup match will be too soon for a return. Emiliano Marcondes is definitely out, with Lewis Macleod also sidelined.

Oxford's new signings Mark Sykes and Jordan Graham could both feature at Griffin Park, while the team are without the suspended Cameron Brannagan. The midfielder picked up the suspension against Plymouth in the last round. Today, Oxford announced that youngsters Armani Little and Harvey Bradbury joined Woking on loan.

The Manager

Karl Robinson has been in charge of The U's for nine months, having taken over from caretaker boss Derek Fazackerley. The former Blackburn Rovers defender had been put in temporary charge after the sacking of Pep Clotet a few months earlier. 

Robinson knows the lower divisions of the EFL well and has also managed Charlton Athletic and MK Dons in previous years. He won promotion with the Dons from League One in 2015, earning Manager of the Month twice that season. After six years at Stadium MK, the now 38-year-old moved to Charlton for a two-year stint at The Valley.

A player from non-league football and a former striker, Robinson had a short career as a player before moving into coaching first at Liverpool's academy and then with Blackburn. 

Last Time Out

The Bees last cup meeting with Oxford ended in disaster as a young Brentford side were hammered 4-0 by Michael Appleton's United. Liam Sercombe, Danny Hylton, Kemar Roofe and John Mullins were all on the scoresheet for the away side back in August 2015.

Pre-Match Features

Hot Off The Press: The Oxford Mail's Dave Pritchard looks at Saturday's opponents from a different point of view

Press Conference: Thomas Frank looking forward to FA Cup encounter

Ref Watch: Jeremy Simpson in charge of weekend fixture

Matchday Coverage

Mark Burridge, Greville Waterman and Mick Cabble are on the Griffin Park gantry bringing you live commentary on Brentford's first FA Cup game of the 2018/19 season. Listen live from 2.30pm for updates, analysis and more.

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Oxford United 0

Bees progress in Emirates FA Cup

5 January 2019

Neal Maupay scored the only goal from the penalty spot as Brentford booked a place in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round. The striker came off the substitute’s bench to stroke home with ten minutes to go and send Brentford through. A solitary goal from the spot was enough for The Bees to see off Sky Bet League One Oxford United and win the Third Round tie.

And while it was not the most convincing of wins, Brentford probably did enough to progress. The Bees dominated the first half and should have been ahead at the break. They were then able to bring Maupay off the bench to win the penalty and score his 16th of the season in the later stages to earn a place in the last 32.

Brentford took control of the game early in proceedings. Oxford tried to press high up the pitch at times and stop The Bees playing in and out of midfield but were largely unable to do so. With Josh Dasilva and Josh McEachran dictating play from the centre of the pitch, The Bees dominated possession, territory and chances, albeit it took a few minutes for them to start creating clear-cut openings.

Ollie Watkins saw an early shot blocked and McEachran forced Simon Eastwood in to the first save of the afternoon with an effort from the edge of the penalty area. A clever pass from Moses Odubajo put Sergi Canós away on the right and he picked out Watkins with a cut back, but the shot was miss-hit and Saïd Benrahma could not get an effort away as defenders massed. Eastwood was then forced in to a good low save when Dasilva let fly from 25 yards, pushing away the shot low to his left.

Oxford had been unable to mount much in attack, but James Henry did test Luke Daniels with a shot from 25 yards that the Brentford goalkeeper spilled before he recovered to gather. But most of the action was at the other end. Brentford were dominant in midfield, had space on the flanks and were overloading with support from their wing backs and centre halves.

A superb move that involved McEachran, Benrahma, Canós and Watkins eventually saw Odubajo let fly with a low shot that Eastwood saved well and the resulting corner was flicked wide at the near post by Yoann Barbet. Barbet went closer moments later when a shot corner eventually led to Canós delivering a cross, the defender controlled and let fly with an effort that Eastwood saved well to his left. Another Odubajo shot hit Watkins moments later as Brentford continued to press.

Rico Henry was almost the unlikely supplier of the opening goal just before the half hour mark when he met a cross from Odubajo on the stretch but was unable to convert from close range. It took a fine piece of defensive work from Jamie Hanson soon after to prevent Henry getting on to another Odubajo cross as The Bees continued to attack with purpose. But they were unable to find a breakthrough before the interval and went in at half time all square.

Brentford would have been mostly happy with their first half display. They attacked throughout and created some good chances while Oxford offered little, albeit they did have appeals for a penalty waved away by referee Jeremy Simpson when Jordan Graham went down under a challenge from McEachran. But The Bees would have been looking to move through the gears after the interval, playing a little quicker and being more incisive around the Oxford penalty area.

But The Bees found it hard going in the early stages of the second period. Oxford had been resolute in the first half and the break had allowed them to further strengthen their defensive structure. They also tried to have a higher starting position, which made it harder for Brentford to start their attacks with pace. Marcus Browne saw an early shot blocked and then delivered a low free kick Jamie Mackie flicked on, but Daniels comfortably saved.

Once Brentford got going in the second half, they took control of the game. But Oxford were proving to be difficult to break down and The Bees were unable to fashion many good chances. Watkins had the best of the early stages of the second half when Benrahma’s pass released him in the inside right channel, but he sliced a shot well wide. A deflected effort from Canós was saved before a low free kick set up a shooting chance for Dasilva 20 yards out but the effort was blocked.

But as the minutes ticked down, the pace went out of the game. Brentford were finding it hard to create much against a well-drilled Oxford defence and were short of the inspiration to open it up. Alan Judge and Maupay were introduced as Brentford went looking for the winner but Oxford should probably have gone ahead when The Bees failed to deal with a cross and the ball dropped to John Mousinho 18 yards out but he dragged his shot wide.

And that proved to be a crucial miss. After a spell of possession in defence, Brentford created space for Barbet to split the Oxford defence, Maupay raced in to space in the inside left channel and weaved in to the box, as he was about to shoot he was fouled by Mousinho and Mr Simpson pointed to the spot. Maupay took the responsibility and sent Eastwood the wrong way to make the crucial breakthrough.

Brentford could have scored just before that when a Dasilva pass allowed Henry to drill in a cross that was scrambled away by the Oxford defence. And moments after the goal, more good play by Maupay created space for Dasilva to fire in a shot that Eastwood saved low. His defenders then came to his aid to prevent a Brentford player getting on to the loose ball.

But Oxford responded well to going behind. They had more than held their own in the second half and went on the attack, looking for an equaliser that would earn them a replay. A free kick from Browne was deflected and then saved before Daniels tipped a curling shot from Henry over the crossbar.

Browne missed the target with an overhead effort as the minutes ticked down and with eight minutes of time added on, Oxford sensed a chance. A late long ball in to the penalty area caused confusion but Henry couldn’t get the vital touch and the chance had gone. And that proved to be the last chance, despite lots of balls in to the box, Oxford could not find a goal and Brentford progressed.

Brentford: Daniels; Konsa, Jeanvier, Barbet; Odubajo, Dasilva, McEachran, Henry; Canós (sub Judge 68 mins), Watkins (sub Ogbene 90 mins), Benrahma (sub Maupay 68 mins)

Subs (not used): Balcombe, Racic, Sørensen, Mokotjo

Oxford United: Eastwood; Hanson, Dickie, Nelson, Ruffels; Mousinho; Whyte, Henry, Browne, Graham (sub Norman 88 mins); Mackie (sub Baptiste 64 mins (sub Garbutt 74 mins))

Subs (not used): Stevens, Raglan, Long, James

Bookings: Mousinho (45 mins), Nelson (60 mins), Browne (90 mins), Henry (90 mins)

Attendance: 6,106 (1,605 away fans)

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5 January 2019

It’s not too late to get your Emirates FA Cup ticket online for this afternoon’s fixture at Griffin Park against Oxford United. With our away stand already sold out, tickets for today’s game are only available at the Ticket Office and online (NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE TURNSTILES). Please note, this game is not on general sale and tickets haven’t been loaded onto any Brentford Cards. All Season Ticket Holders and Club Members tickets will be paper or print at home tickets only. No cards will be active for this fixture.

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Should a replay be needed, this will take place at The Kassam Stadium on Tuesday, 15 January 2019, kick-off 7.45pm.
 

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