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Match Preview: Bristol City

The Robins visit TW8 this weekend

19 October 2018

Brentford host Lee Johnson's Bristol City on Saturday afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship, a 3pm kick-off in West London.

Thomas Frank takes charge of The Bees for the first time as Head Coach this weekend, with the squad having gone almost two weeks without a fixture thanks to the international break. The red and white stripes have gone six games without a win in all competitions, drawing the last three league games in a row.

The Opposition

Like Brentford, Bristol haven't won a game in their last five league outings, but have lost three of those to West Brom, Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday. City are 13th in the table, but just a couple of points behind The Bees in seventh. 

The last time these two teams met was at Ashton Gate in April, Neal Maupay scoring the only goal in a dominant Bees performance. Dean Smith watched on as his side had 27 shots to City's two, finally finding the net through the French striker in the 80th minute.

Over the summer, Bristol lost several key members of their squad, a couple of notable departures in the defence. Joe Bryan moved to newly promoted Fulham, Aden Flint was sold to Middlesbrough and Luke Steele moved on a free to Nottingham Forest. Bobby Reid was one of the most high profile players to leave, getting a £10 million move to Premier League new boys Cardiff City.

Coming in, Marley Watkins from Norwich City and Adam Webster from Ipswich Town added Championship experience. Andreas Weimann joined from Derby County and has hit the ground running in BS3, now the side's top scorer this season.

Only two players came in on loan deals, including fullback Jay Dasilva - the brother of Brentford B defender Cole Dasilva. Chelsea's Tomas Kalas also joined to bolster the defensive side of the team.

Team News

Bristol City have been dealt a blow in goal after both Frank Fielding and Niki Maenpaa have now been ruled out of the game on Saturday. 22-year-old Max O'Leary will likely start his first game for The Robins. 

Callum O'Dowda needed an assessment for concussion earlier this week, while former Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith is still on his way back from knee surgery. 

For Brentford, Rico Henry has started First Team training again this week but the Bristol match will probably be too early for him to be involved in the matchday squad. Emiliano Marcondes continues his run on the sidelines with a foot problem, as does striker Marcus Forss after suffering a back injury last month.

Chris Mepham missed both of Wales' games over the international break through injury, but Thomas Frank confirmed that he will be back in contention for Saturday. The 20-year-old has taken a full part in training all week.

The Manager

Son of Cheltenham Town boss Gary, Lee played for his father at Yeovil Town and Bristol City. In his 13-year playing career, he also appeared for Heart of Midlothian, Derby County, Chesterfield and Kilmarnock. He won promotion twice under Gary at Yeovil Town and was part of the Bristol City side that made the Championship Play-Off final in 2008, losing 1-0 to Hull City. Lee also picked up a Scottish League Cup title while with Kilmarnock.

Lee became the youngest manager in the Football League in March 2013 when he took over at League One side Oldham Athletic. He led them to safety in his first season and their highest finishing position in five years in his second season before departing for Barnsley in February 2015 with The Latics ninth in League One. After initially struggling with The Tykes, he won seven of his last eight league matches, setting Barnsley on their way towards the Play-Off places, before replacing Cotterill at Ashton Gate in February 2016.

The Season So Far 

Pre-Match Features

REWIND: Thomas Frank's first press conference as Head Coach

READ: Gregor MacGregor analyses City's start to 18/19

REF WATCH: Robert Jones the referee this weekend

PLAN AHEAD: Brentford B in action at Griffin Park next

Tickets and Travel

Back Thomas Frank as he takes charge of The Bees for the first time tomorrow afternoon. Get your tickets before 10am on matchday and save £5. Buy your tickets online here

Supporters heading to this Saturday’s game against Bristol City should be aware of major roadworks on the A4 which will affect journey times to Griffin Park. There are currently weekend closures of the A4, in both directions, between Clayponds Avenue and Ealing Road. There is also one lane closed Eastbound between Boston Manor Road and Ealing Road. For further details click 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, and he'll be joined by Marcus Gayle and Stuart Hughes from 2.30pm.

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Brentford 0 Bristol City 1

Ten man Brentford slip to home defeat

20 October 2018

Ten-man Brentford were condemned to defeat by a late goal scored by Bristol City’s Niclas Eliasson. The visitors took the points at Griffin Park, scoring the only goal of the game in the 89th minute after Chris Mepham had been sent off for Brentford just before the hour mark. It meant defeat for Thomas Frank in his first game as Brentford Head Coach and one that didn’t feel entirely deserved.

The Bees were on top for most of the first half and saw some very good chances come and go. Ollie Watkins also hit the post in the second period when Brentford were a man down but the game was all square. City had created little before the sending off and it took until the dying seconds for them to fashion the golden chance but when it came, Eliasson was able to take it.

A change in Head Coach did not mean a change in style for Brentford and they looked to dominate possession from the first whistle. The Bees had lots of the ball in the opening exchanges and the first meaningful touch from a City player was when goalkeeper Max O’Leary claimed a Josh McEachran free kick. It was a boost for the goalkeeper, making his Football League debut, and most of the early action was at his end.

Brentford dominated the first 15 minutes. Romaine Sawyers and McEachran saw a lot of the ball and were able to get wide players Sergi Canós and Watkins in to the game. With Yoann Barbet and Henrik Dalsgaard happy to push on from full back, Brentford had City pinned in their own half.

The Bees should have one ahead inside the first ten minutes when Sawyers created some space and threaded a pass through the eye of a needle to the overlapping Dalsgaard, the ball was pulled back to Neal Maupay but he failed to connect properly when five yards out and City escaped. Maupay had a shot blocked soon after and then picked up a Sawyers header before laying it back to the midfield man for a shot that fizzed inches wide from 20 yards. O’Leary then almost cost his side when dithering in possession, he was harried by Maupay but managed to squeeze the ball away.

When the game was brought to a halt as City defender Nathan Baker suffered a head injury, Brentford had complete control. But that stoppage was lengthy, and Baker was eventually replaced, which gave City a chance to regroup and reshape their defence. Substitute Jay Dasilva, on at left back, looked to get forward, which gave Brentford something to think about defensively, and City had some attacking possession, albeit they could not create a clear-cut chance.

The visitors did have the ball in the net, long after an offside flag had been raised, but it was Brentford who regained the initiative as half time approached. When a corner was half cleared, O’Leary failed to gather a high ball and Canós got to it as dropped but was unable to force it in. And there was a better chance soon after when Sawyers got clear on the right and cut a ball back to Watkins on the edge of the box, his shot was firm but straight at O’Leary and Lewis Macleod fired the rebound over on the stretch.

For all Brentford’s dominance of the first half, City could have gone in at the break with the lead. After a spell of possession, and with Brentford unable to hold the ball in midfield, Eliasson delivered a cross that Matty Taylor turned towards goal and Daniel Bentley had to be alert to claw it away. The resulting corner was half cleared, Eliasson delivered again and Andreas Weimann headed in. However, the City forward was in an offside position and the goal was ruled out, much to the Weimann’s displeasure and he was booked for his protests.

There was still time before the interval for Barbet to whip a free kick over the wall from 30 yards and it took a superb save from O’Leary, diving away to his left, to keep the score line blank at the break. And Brentford also went close early in the second half as O’Leary got down low to his right to keep out a Canós effort after good work by Ezri Konsa and Dalsgaard. Konsa also then saw a low Macleod corner ricochet around the penalty area, off him and wide before a deflected Watkins shot was saved.

City had begun the second half with a higher starting position. They made it difficult for Brentford to play out and build any momentum and the game was being played more in The Bees’ defensive third. But the visitors had not looked likely to create much until the game swung their way just before the hour mark. Chris Mepham had been booked early in the second half after getting involved in a melee when Marlon Pack was trying to kick the ball out from underneath a prostrate Kamohelo Mokotjo, making plenty of contact with the Brentford man. When Eliasson then tumbled over as he ran past the defender, referee Robert Jones decided a second cautionable offence had been committed and sent Mepham off, ignoring protests there had been no contact.

That forced Brentford in to a reshuffle with Barbet moving to centre back and Moses Odubajo brought on at left back and City had the wind in their sails. The resulting free kick dropped loose and Bentley made a smart smothering save to deny Weimann. Eliasson then shot well over before Josh Brownhill lashed high and wide from distance.

Eliasson wasted another good position by firing over after cutting in off the right and substitute Famara Diédhiou then headed wide on the stretch. A ball in behind then allowed Jamie Paterson a shot on goal but Bentley clawed it away to his right. For all City’s chances, it was Brentford who almost went ahead with 20 minutes to go. A corner was half cleared and Odubajo fed Watkins, he created a yard and drilled in a shot that beat O’Leary but cannoned off the inside of the post. No Brentford player could force it in as Mr Jones indicated it had not crossed the line and City escaped.

There was another opening for Brentford late in the half when Maupay found space and fed Watkins, the striker then got on to the loose ball, wriggled free and fired in a shot that was blocked inside the six-yard box. But most of the opening were coming at the other end. Bentley got down low to his right to save a Liam Walsh free kick and the resulting cross was met by Lloyd Kelly with a header that deflected over. Kelly then met the next ball in to the box but headed it wide.

City created another opening with a ball in to the box that Adam Webster headed wide and as the minutes ticked down the game became feisty. City were chasing the winner as Brentford looked to counter attack when they could and the game was ultra-competitive. It always looked as if one goal would win it.

And City got that goal with 90 seconds remaining. The visitors took a throw-in short and worked space for Dasilva to cross, the ball was delivered deep and Eliasson arrived at the far post to volley back across Bentley and in to the corner. It was a well-executed and finished goal and it gave City the points.

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Konsa, Mepham, Barbet; McEachran (sub Mokotjo h/t); Canós (sub Odubajo 61 mins), Macleod (sub Yennaris 70 mins), Sawyers, Watkins; Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, Clarke, Judge, Benrahma

Bookings: Yennaris (82 mins), Sawyers (84 mins) (second of season), Maupay (90 mins) (fourth of season)

Sent Off: Mepham (58 mins) (second bookable offence)

Bristol City: O’Leary; Hunt, Webster, Baker (sub Dasilva 21 mins), Kelly; Pack, Brownhill (sub Walsh 73 mins); Eliasson, Weimann, Paterson; Taylor (sub Diédhiou 68 mins)

Subs (not used): Wollacott, Hegeler, Watkins, Morrell

Bookings: Weimann (45 mins), Pack (50 mins), Kelly (65 mins)

Attendance: 11,182 (1,645 away fans)

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Join us today and watch Thomas Frank's first game in charge

20 October 2018

We are back at Griffin Park this afternoon for our home match against Bristol City. This will be Thomas Frank's first game in charge, so help him get off to a winning start by giving the team your support this afternoon. Skip the queue at the ticket office today, book your tickets online and print it at home.

With our away end sold out, tickets for this game are only available to supporters with a ticket purchasing history, so don’t forget to login to your ticketing account to secure your place for this match.

Please note: you may already have an account with us, simply enter your email address here to activate yours and we will send you a new password. If you create a new account, your ticketing history will not show and therefore will not allow you to buy tickets for this game.

ON SALE DATES

  • Club Members: Tuesday 4 September at 10am (one per person)
    Please note Members need to login to their ticketing account to get their membership discount and priority access. For this game, Members will not be able to load their ticket onto their Brentford Card.
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 6 September at 10am (three per person)
  • Additional tickets for Club Members: Thursday 6 September at 10am (three per person)
  • Previous Purchasers: Monday 10 September at 10am (four per person)

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

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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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  • 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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