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Match Preview: Brentford vs Sheffield United

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

27 November 2018

We welcome Sheffield United to Griffin Park this evening for our second home game in three days. Here's all the info ahead of tonight's match as we look to get back to winning ways on home soil against The Blades.

THE OPPOSITION

Having just run out of steam in the promotion race towards the end of last season, Chris Wilder's Blades are once more among the pace-setters this time round, heading to West London fifth in the table. 

United would be even higher were they not on a run of just one win in their last six, that coming at home to Wigan Athletic exactly a month ago. The Blades' away form has also taken a bit of a nose-dive in recent weeks with just one point gained from their last three road games. 

Billy Sharp is again living up to his name, leading The Blades' scoring charts with ten goals in 16 games while summer arrival from Ipswich Town, David McGoldrick, has found the net five times.

The experienced striker was one of nine summer arrivals at Bramall Lane. Former Bee John Egan, Kean Bryan, Martin Cranie, and Conor Washington also signed permanently while Ben Woodburn, Dean Henderson, Oliver Norwood, and Marvin Johnson arrived on loan.   

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank will be able to welcome back Romaine Sawyers from suspension for tonight's game while Emiliano Marcondes and Rico Henry made their first appearances of the season as substitutes on Saturday evening against Middlesbrough. 

Ollie Watkins and Kamohelo Mokotjo both missed Saturday's game through injury and their participation tonight is unknown. The Bees' boss will, however, definitely be without Julian Jeanvier, Marcus Forss, and Said Benrahma. 

The Blades have no fresh injury concerns for tonight's game.

THE MANAGER

Chris Wilder is building up an impressive CV with four promotions to his name as a manager thus far. A defender during his playing-career, he made nearly 500 appearances for Sheffield United, Rotherham United, and Halifax Town amongst others over a 15-year period. 

After retiring in 2001, he took over at Alfreton Town and won four trophies during his 27 weeks in charge. A six-year spell at Halifax Town followed before the club was wound up in 2008 and he moved to Oxford United, via Bury. Promotion through the Play-Offs came during his first full season and he followed that up with two top-half finishes back in League Two. 

In January 2014, Wilder departed The Kassam Stadium for Northampton Town. After saving The Cobblers from relegation that season, he led them to the League Two title in May 2015, with a points tally of 99. Nigel Atkins' departure at Bramall Lane saw Wilder take over at his boyhood club in May 2016 and he proved to be an instant success as The Blades ran away with the League One title during his first season in charge before narrowly missing out on the Play-Offs last time round. 

LAST-TIME AROUND

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

READ: BBC Sheffield's Andy Giddings analyses where the game will be decided

REF WATCH: Stephen Martin is tonight's match referee

TICKETS AND TRAVEL

There is no matchday price increase this evening so tickets will be on General Sale right up to kick-off from just £25 adults and £8 juniors. Get your tickets here

Supporters heading to tonight’s game should be aware of major roadworks on the A4 which will affect journey times to Griffin Park. There is currently one lane closed Eastbound between Boston Manor Road and Ealing Road while the A4 will be shut, in both directions, between Clayponds Avenue and Ealing Road from 10pm tonight. 

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, and he'll be joined by Mick Cabble and Richard Lee from 7.15pm.

Tonight's match will also be broadcast live on iFollow for both domestic and international supporters. For more information click here

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 2 Sheffield United 3

Bees lose by odd goal in five

27 November 2018

Brentford let an early lead slip to end up on the wrong end of a five-goal game, losing 3-2 to Sheffield United. Neal Maupay had put The Bees in front inside the first six minutes but United hit straight back and had turned the game around to lead 2-1 by the quarter hour mark. Brentford responded well and a Romaine Sawyers shot deflected in off John Fleck to level it up just past the hour mark. But Leon Clarke slotted home inside the final 20 minutes to win the game for the visitors.

It was a game that Brentford may think they should have got something from. Having taken an early lead they let United back in quickly and then conceded again soon after drawing level at 2-2. The Bees continued to fight and could have got a third to take a point, but the visitors were not in charitable mood and saw out the win.

The game could hardly have started better for The Bees as they were a goal up within six minutes from their first real attack. Lewis Macleod won the battle in midfield and Sawyers played a pass that released Maupay in the inside left channel, he got away from John Egan and smashed a low left foot shot in to the net. That could have been something for Brentford to build on but, instead they found themselves behind within ten minutes.

The visitors could have equalised from kick-off when Enda Stevens got away down the left and cut the ball back for John Lundstram, but his shot smashed against the crossbar and bounced away. Oliver Norwood dragged the follow-up wide. That response from United was swift and incisive and it took them only another three minutes to level.

The won a corner on the left that was delivered by Norwood and the ball diverted off Ezri Konsa and in to the net. Jack O’Connell was in the vicinity but the ball went straight in off the Brentford man, who got slightly underneath it, and five minutes later the game had been turned around completely. Yoann Barbet’s attempt to clear a cross hit Lundstram and Kieron Freeman picked up the loose ball, he rolled it across to Norwood and the midfield man arched a shot over Daniel Bentley and in to the corner. The Brentford goalkeeper was left helpless by the placement of the shot and United had the lead.

And it was a lead they probably deserved at that point. The game had been even before Brentford struck and United’s response had been superb. They were winning the midfield battles and using the width of the pitch to good effect. Chris Mepham was working overtime in defence to make tackles and blocks and win aerial challenges but United were pressing for more.

A cross from the left should have led to a third goal when Brentford couldn’t clear and it fell to David McGoldrick ten yards out, but Bentley was out smartly to make a smothering save. The Brentford goalkeeper then kept out a looping header from Conor Washington. Later in the half an acrobatic effort from O’Connell flew wide and a free kick from Norwood flew in to the arms of the well-positioned Bentley but United went in at the break with a lead they had earned and deserved.

And it could have been even worse for The Bees as Lundstram and McGoldrick saw shots blocked in the dying seconds of the half after Brentford had failed to clear their lines. The Bees had played in fits and starts. At times they looked capable of opening up the visitors with some incisive interchanges on the edge of the penalty area but some of the movement of the ball was slower than they would have wanted and lacking inspiration.

Sergi Canós tried to provide a spark for The Bees with a weaving run that ended with a shot from 25 yards that whistled over. Alan Judge also saw a shot blocked before a Sawyers effort later in the half looped up for Canós to acrobatically volley over the bar. Canós also nearly created something just after the break when he battled with Freeman and won, allowing Maupay to set up Sawyers but the shot flew well wide.

That came after a difficult start to the second half for Brentford, who were being pushed back. When Washington got away on the left and played a clever reverse pass to Stevens, Brentford had to scramble the cross away before a McGoldrick shot was blocked and the same man saw another effort deflect inches wide. But Brentford introduced Emiliano Marcondes early in the second period and that gave the game a different dynamic.

Emiliano played close to Maupay and looked to find pockets of space where he could open the visitors up. He wasn’t always effective, but he did present a different problem for the visitors and from one of his blocked shots, Brentford levelled. The Bees recycled the ball, Sawyers burst in to the box and fired in a shot that flicked off Fleck and flew past Dean Henderson in to the net.

Brentford had been pressing and the game had opened up as they chased the goal, a pattern that continued after the leveller. Clarke should have put United back in front within minutes when he headed a Fleck cross wide when arriving late while at the other end Maupay’s effort from a Henrik Dalsgaard cross deflected wide and an Emiliano shot was blocked. United then broke quickly and Washington rode, just about, an agricultural hack from Josh McEachran to get in a shot that was blocked.

Egan headed a deep corner wide before Konsa made a vital headed clearance to top Clarke heading in. A looping effort from Fleck was then saved by Bentley but the goal United were threatening came moments later. They took a throw on the right that created more space than it should, Washington cut the ball back and Clarke was left in yards of space to feed an effort out of the reach of Bentley and in to the net. It was a simple goal for the visitors and proved to be a match-winning one.

Brentford reacted well to the goal and pushed forward, introducing Moses Odubajo and Josh Dasilva, but United sat in and provided a tough barrier to breach. Judge fired wide from distance and then fired just wide on the turn before forcing Henderson in to a low save from a free kick. Fleck fired wide at the other end but Brentford were doing all the attacking late on. They could not, however, find a goal and when Henderson saved a Dalsgaard flick, they had the win.

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Konsa, Mepham, Barbet; McEachran (sub Dasilva 76 mins); Judge, Sawyers, Macleod (sub Odubajo 76 mins), Canós (sub Emiliano 53 mins); Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, Henry, Clarke, Oksanen

Bookings: McEachran (70 mins) (second of season)

Sheffield United: Henderson; Freeman, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Stevens; Lundstram (sub Coutts 67 mins), Norwood, Fleck; McGoldrick (sub Clarke 60 mins), Washington (sub Sharp 77 mins)

Subs (not used): Moore, Stearman, Duffy, Johnson

Bookings: Basham (17 mins)

Attendance: 8,903 (1,301 away fans)

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Ticket News

Tonight’s tickets still available from £25

Prices for this evening’s game will remain the same today so join us tonight

27 November 2018

This evening, we face Sheffield United under the lights of Griffin Park. Chris Wilder’s team are flying high and we expect a tough game against The Blades. Tonight is another occasion to enjoy a night out with friends, colleagues and family members.

ON SALE DATES

  • Club Members: Thursday 11 October, 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: Monday 15 October, 10am
    Please note: Season Ticket Holders need to login to their ticketing account to get their priority access.
  • Club Members additional tickets: Monday 15 October, 10am
  • General Sale: Wednesday 17 October, 10am

Buy online now

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

UPGRADE AND SAVE

Become an Adult Club Member now and save £5 off your Match Ticket, join online here.

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FAMILY WEBSITE

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

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ADVANCED PRICES

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)
25 19 17 8
Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)
30 24 22
New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
25 19 17
New Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
30 24 22
Ealing Road Terrace 25 19 17

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), 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 020 8847 2511 (option 1), 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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