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Match Preview: Rotherham United vs Brentford

All the info as we head to South Yorkshire on Saturday

18 January 2019

Thomas Frank and The Bees head to Rotherham United tomorrow unbeaten in five in the Sky Bet Championship. Standing in their way of a first away win of the campaign is a Millers' side under Paul Warne battling for their Championship survival. Here's all the info ahead of tomorrow's game.

THE OPPOSITION

Rotherham United got a rude awakening to what life back in the Sky Bet Championship would be like during their 5-1 opening day defeat at Griffin Park back in August, but since then Paul Warne's side have adjusted well, and head into tomorrow's game two points above the drop zone in 21st. 

The fact that Rotherham are not in more peril is down entirely to their home form. Since Hull City's victory in mid-August, only West Bromwich Albion have left The AESSEAL New York Stadium with all three points. Their two home league defeats is the joint-lowest in the second tier and their tally of 21 home points is equal with Stoke City, Aston Villa, and Blackburn Rovers. 

That being said, Paul Warne's side head into tomorrow's game having lost five of their last six in all competitions, including a 7-0 thumping by Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round, and were beaten 1-0 last time out at rock-bottom Ipswich Town.

The January window has brought just one re-inforcement so far with Matt Crooks joining from Northampton Town for an undisclosed fee. 

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank is still without Emiliano Marcondes and Lewis Macleod for tomorrow's game although Marcus Forss did come through an hour for the B Team on Tuesday night.  

With Jamie Proctor out for the season and Kyle Vassell troubled by a groin problem, Michael Smith could be Warne's only striking option for tomorrow. Sean Raggett is likely to return following a facial injury but Joe Newell and an unnamed player, who Warne revealed went down in training this week but refused to name, are both struggling. 

THE MANAGER

Paul Warne joined the coaching staff at United in May 2012, following his retirement from football. A striker in his career, he made over 450 professional league appearances across two spells at Rotherham. He also got game time at Wigan Athletic, Oldham Athletic and Yeovil Town.

In November 2016, with Kenny Jackett heading out of the door, Warne was given the reins as caretaker-manager. In January that season, he was reluctantly handed the job full-time until the end of the season. Growing into the role as time went on, the 45-year-old followed the Club down into League One, rebuilding the squad and coming straight back to the second tier with promotion last season.

LAST TIME OUT

It was a five-star opening day performance at Griffin Park as The Millers were put to the sword.  

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

Hot Off The Press: BBC Radio Sheffield's Andy Giddings previews The Millers

Thomas: "The confidence has been building over the last five or six weeks"

Ollie: Winger previews tomorrow's trip to South Yorkshire

Ref Watch: Tony Harrington in charge of Millers' clash

TICKET AND TRAVEL INFO

There will be Pay on the Day tomorrow, cash only, from the away ticket office at The AESSEAL New York Stadium

  Adults
(22-59)
Concessions

Disabled
Adult

Juniors
(13-17)
Juniors
(12 and under)
Meditemp South Stand £25 £15 £15 £9 £7

Plan your matchday with our away travel guide.

This Saturday, and every Saturday in January, there is Industrial Action on the Northern network. There will be a severely reduced service between Sheffield and Rotherham, especially post-match, with the last service back to London leaving Rotherham at 5.58pm.

Further details are available here 

MATCHDAY COVERAGE

Mark Burridge presents Matchday Live from Rotherham this weekend, alongside Mick Cabble and Simon Ratcliffe. Hear live commentary and build-up to the game 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

Rotherham United 2 Brentford 4

Bees victorious in South Yorkshire thanks to four-goal blast

19 January 2019

Two goals from Kamohelo Mokotjo set Brentford on their way to their first away win of the Sky Bet Championship season, completing a double over Rotherham United in the process. Mokotjo scored the first and the third of Brentford’s four goals in South Yorkshire as they picked up all three points with a 4-2 victory. Saïd Benrahma scored Brentford’s second and a customary goal from Neal Maupay sealed the win late on.

The victory was one that was fully merited by The Bees. While they might not have played the scintillating football they did in the 5-1 win over the same opponents in August, they created the baulk of the chances and controlled the game for long periods. Rotherham levelled at 1-1 in the first half and 2-2 in the second but were limited to counter-attacking football and playing for set pieces. Those created problems for The Bees but the visitors did enough to get the win.

The game could not have started better for The Bees, scoring with their first attack. Rico Henry received the ball on the left and nutmegged Zak Vyner with a pass that isolated Benrahma against Semi Ajayi. The Brentford wide man twisted his way past the defender and cut the ball back to the edge of the penalty area where Mokotjo arrived to stroke a shot home from 18 yards. The ball whistled past goalkeeper Marek Rodák and Brentford were ahead before two minutes had elapsed.

That should have been a platform for Brentford to build on and while they dominated possession, they failed to take complete control of the game. Romaine Sawyers and Mokotjo had space to play in midfield but Rotherham held a deep and solid defensive line and The Bees largely had the ball in front of them. Henry and Henrik Dalsgaard tried to add to the attack in wide areas, but The Bees were unable to create much.

Rotherham seemed content to let The Bees have the ball for long periods and look to break. Wide men Jon Taylor and Anthony Forde tried to use the space on the flanks and they had the support of their full backs. They did not create much but a cross from Forde narrowly eluded Michael Smith and when the ball was recycled a shot from Will Vaulks flew straight at Daniel Bentley.

When Rotherham equalised 20 minutes in, it was not completed unexpected, albeit a goal that came almost out of nothing. Brentford failed to get a corner from the right fully away and Taylor got on to it on the edge of the box, he created half a yard and whistled a shot from 20 yards in to the net. Bentley would not have seen much through a crowd of bodies as the ball flew past him to level the scores.

Brentford responded well to the goal. They continued to dominate possession but the tempo went up a notch and they started to find space in Rotherham territory, with Dalsgaard and Henry getting further forward. Maupay saw a shot blocked and there was good defensive work from Ajayi to prevent Ollie Watkins getting on to the loose ball. A Dalsgaard flick then released Watkins on the right and he tried to find Maupay, but Clark Robertson came across to prevent the Brentford striker getting a shot away.

A Yoann Barbet flick from a low corner was scrambled away and Benrahma struck a shot over from 25 yards as the half drew to a close, but it was the home side who should have gone it ahead at the break. A long throw was half cleared and when Vaulks delivered the cross, Robertson met it with a powerful header that Bentley saved superbly. The ball dropped loose and Ajayi somehow contrived to screw it wide from four yards with the goal gaping.

Taylor also missed a good chance for the hosts as the game opened up in the dying moments of the half when a cross reached him at the far post, but he screwed a first-time shot wide. Robertson headed another long throw off target and Rodák saved from Benrahma as both teams pressed in the later stages. But neither could find a second goal before the interval.

Brentford had played well in stages before the break but had lacked tempo at times and their spells of possession had, often, been in front of a well-drilled Rotherham defence. But The Bees went up a gear after the interval. Sawyers, in particular, was higher up the pitch, looking to play the final pass and Brentford were immediately creating chances.

Maupay almost scored a spectacular goal within two minutes of the restart when he killed a long Barbet pass with one touch and, without breaking stride, poked a shot inches wide with his next. Rodák was well beaten and the shot might have clipped the outside of the post as it rolled wide. Watkins had a shot blocked on the turn when he got on to a Henry cross soon after and within eight minutes of the break, Brentford were ahead.

The goal came after another long spell of possession with the home side unable to do anything to stop Brentford building. The ball was eventually worked to the inside right area and an incisive pass from Watkins found Sawyers, he shaped to shoot and fooled the defenders with his eyes as he picked out Benrahma 15 yards out and the finish was low and true. Benrahma’s shot gave Rodák no chance and he had his second goal in two games.

It could have been even better moments later as Benrahma exchanged passes with Watkins but shot wide from 20 yards. And Brentford continued to build. With Sawyers and Mokotjo dominating the centre of the pitch, they controlled the game, looking to create the chances to put the game to bed. Henry got away on the left in one attack and fired across the face of goal as Brentford went for the jugular.

But Rotherham were still in the contest. They had been rocking at the start of the second half but stayed in the game and had an ever-present danger when they threw the ball in to the penalty area. A deep cross from the left was nodded down by Smith for Ben Wiles to see a shot deflected wide and the resulting corner was met powerfully by Robertson but headed straight at Bentley.

When they equalised with 17 minutes to go, it came from another set piece. A long throw from the left flew across the penalty area and ended up at the far side. It came back in to the box and was met by Robertson before taking a deflection and rolling past Bentley. The home announcer gave the goal to the Rotherham defender but it was officially, unlucky, given as an Ezri Konsa own goal.

After leading twice and dominating most of the game, that second goal could have knocked Brentford out. Instead, within seconds, The Bees were back in front. Watkins played a one two and fed Henry on the left, he cut the ball back to the arriving Mokotjo – who had played the earlier exchange – and he slotted pasty Rodák to restore the lead. The midfield man played his part to perfection twice, both with the one-two and the finish, and celebrated the goal that knocked the stuffing out of Rotherham.

The home side tried to respond, and Taylor had a shot blocked, but Brentford had the crucial lead. That block led to a break that should been a fourth goal. Watkins delayed a pass that would have put Maupay clear of the defence but when the ball did eventually reach the French striker via Sergi Canós, he still only had Rodák to beat. The shot was lifted over the goalkeeper but bounced inches past the post.

Canós had a shot blocked after getting another incisive pass from Henry and tested Rodák with a low effort soon after. Maupay then stung the palms of the goalkeeper when he spun and fired in a fierce shot when a Dalsgaard throw in bounced over Robertson. And with those chances not taken Ajayi could have levelled when he met a cross from Jerry Yates, but he steered the header wide.

With five minutes to go Brentford didn’t have the game won but then Maupay had his say. Watkins fed Henry on the right and the ball went on to Canós, he fed Maupay and the striker flicked it past Robertson before lashing through the legs of Rodák. Maupay’s 17th of the season killed off Rotherham and gave The Bees the points as they saw the game out with a minimum of fuss to extend their unbeaten run to seven in all competitions.

Rotherham United: Rodák; Vyner (sub Yates 78 mins), Ajayi, Robertson, Mattock; Vaulks, Towell; Forde (sub Vassell 86 mins), Wiles (sub Crooks 59 mins), Taylor; Smith

Subs (not used): Price, Wood, Raggett, Jones

Bookings: Yates (81 mins)

Brentford: Bentley; Konsa, Jeanvier, Barbet; Dalsgaard, Mokotjo (sub Dasilva 88 mins), Sawyers, Henry; Watkins (sub Ogbene 88 mins), Maupay, Benrahma (sub Canós 76 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Sørensen, Odubajo, McEachran

Attendance: 8,319 (606 Bees fans)

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Ticket News

Today’s tickets available from 1.30pm

Tickets for this afternoon’s match will be available from the away ticket office at the AESSEAL New York Stadium

19 January 2019

It’s matchday and we are in Yorkshire to face The Millers. Join us at the AESSEAL New York Stadium to give Thomas Frank and his men your vocal support as we look to make it seven unbeaten in all competitions. Our hosts will sell tickets, cash only, from 1.30pm from the away ticket office which is situated next to the away turnstiles.

Full ticket allocation: 807

PRICES

 

Adults
(22-59)

Concessions

Disabled
Adult

Juniors
(13-17)

Juniors
(12 and under)

Meditemp South Stand

£25

£15

£15

£9

£7

Concession tickets are classed as Seniors aged 60 years old and over, Young Adults 18-21, HM Armed Forces Personnel, and disabled supporters on the higher rate DLA or enhanced PIP. Supporters who are buying disabled tickets are entitled to a free carer ticket and tickets will cost £13 Adults or the relevant age band above.  Pairs of wheelchair and helper tickets are available. The wheelchair user (higher rate) will be charged the disabled concessionary of £13 or relevant age band, with the helper free of charge.  

TRAVEL INFO

Supporter coaches and mini-buses can park onsite at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. There is a charge of £25 per coach and £10 per minibus which can be paid on arrival to the car park stewards. 

MATCHDAY INFO

Find out more information about travelling to The AESSEAL New York Stadium here

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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