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Match Preview: Brentford vs Reading

All the details ahead of tomorrow's game at Griffin Park

28 September 2018

With the Carabao Cup run now over, Brentford return to league action on Saturday. Reading are the visitors to Griffin Park and The Bees will be looking to make it six wins from six in TW8. Everything you need to know about the game is below.

THE OPPOSITION

Things were looking bleak for Reading at the start of the month but September has been much better for The Royals. Before the international weekend, Reading took just two points from six games and their only win was against Birmingham City in the Carabao Cup. Even that was followed up by a loss to Watford in the following round.

But Reading returned from the international week with a win at Preston North End and beat Hull City last Saturday. Those wins did come either side of a home loss to Norwich City and The Royals are only two points and two places outside the relegation zone. This is Reading's sixth consecutive season in the Championship, and the last five have been up and down to say the least.

Reading are a team that don't often live up to what's expected of them, positively or negatively. Last season, the squad were hoping to push on from a third place finish the previous year. But they could only managed to scrape 20th. In similar fashion, the 2013/14 season ended with them in seveth place - a good platform to improve and push for the next step. However, next year the 2014/15 campaign landed them 19th spot. They will be hoping to defy expectations, and early form, again.

TEAM NEWS

Brentford made seven changes for the Carabao Cup loss to Arsenal after defeat to Derby County last weekend. Moses Odubajo will be pushing for a first league start since return after playing 60 minutes at The Emirates Stadium while goal scorer Alan Judge also pressed his claims. Rico Henry and Emiliano Marcondes are still out injured and Josh Clarke has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

Reading had a midweek without a game so could prepare for their trip to Griffin Park all week. They will be without John O'Shea, who was sent off in the win over Hull and Paul McShane could return from injury and step in. Vito Mannone may be fit enough to return in goal and Mo Barrow is pushing for a spot in midfield.

THE MANAGER

Paul Clement brings a mountain of experience with him wherever he goes. The 46-year-old has been around the block when it comes to top level teams and top level trophies.

Largely due to his association with Carlo Ancelotti, Clement has several honours to his name including the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid in 2014 and Premier League with Chelsea in 2010.

Now working solo as a Head Coach in his own right, he has yet to translate his top level knowledge into a top level team. Spending just a year with Derby County and Swansea City, he couldn't do much about their situations and will be hoping to make a mark at Reading, where he took over in March after the departure of Jaap Stam.

HEAD TO HEAD

Brentford wins: 32

Draws: 24

Reading wins: 36

PRE MATCH FEATURES

Geoff Eltrincham will be the man in the middle tomorrow.

Moses Odubajo looked ahead to the game after playing against Arsenal.

Get the view from the Reading perspective with journalist Jonathan Low.

LAST TIME OUT

Lasse Vibe scored the only goal as Brentford won at the Madjeski Stadium in January. See the best of the action below:

TICKET INFO

Tickets will be available until kick-off to those with a purchasing history. See all the information here.

MATCH COVERAGE

Mark Burridge is your host for live commentary from 2.30pm. He is joined by Marcus Gayle to talk through the highlights and take you to full-time on iFollow Brentford. Live video coverage is available for 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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Bees settle for share of the spoils at Griffin Park

29 September 2018

Yoann Barbet scored a stoppage time goal as Brentford extended their unbeaten run at Griffin Park with a 2-2 draw against Reading. The Bees had gone ahead thanks to a Neal Maupay goal but conceded either side of half time and trailed going in to stoppage time. They were also a man down as Saïd Benrahma had been sent off. But Barbet headed in late on to earn his team a draw.

The 2-2 score line only tells a fraction of the story. Brentford appeared to be in complete command of an entertaining game before conceding a soft equaliser and then an even softer second to hand Reading the initiative and a greater incentive to kill the game. But they battled back and Barbet popped up in the closing stages to ensure Brentford had something to take from the game.

Both teams started the game with attacking intent. Brentford tried to burst in to Reading territory from kick-off but when possession was turned over the visitors looked to respond. And that was the way of it for most of the first quarter. The early goal may have helped, but it was a game that was end-to-end at times with Reading counter-attacking to match Brentford’s positive mindset and both teams could have scored in the opening exchanges.

Romaine Sawyers almost marked his 100th Brentford appearance with a goal but he was just unable to stretch and turn in a Benrahma cross after good work on the right by Henrik Dalsgaard. Lewis Macleod saw a shot blocked soon after while at the other end a dangerous Leandro Bacuna cross was met by Tiago Ilori and deflected narrowly over. That was the start of a frantic 75-second spell that ended with Maupay’s goal and produced other near misses.

The resulting corner was met by Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Dalsgaard had to be alert to head off the line and that set up a Brentford break. A Benrahma cross was half cleared and Sawyers’ shot was heading towards the corner before Bacuna made a block. The Bees recycled the ball from the throw-in, Benrahma crossed, Maupay wriggled free from Liam Moore in the penalty area and slotted past Sam Walker to open the scoring.

A goal certainly appeared to be coming given the start both teams had made and that only served to further ignite the match. John Swift fired well over for the visitors after collecting a half cleared cross while Watkins attempted to divert a lofted Josh McEachran pass over Walker at the other end but failed to make a good contact. He had a better chance soon after when he controlled a deep Benrahma cross but this time the toe-poked effort from Watkins flew wide of the far post.

At the other end, a Moore header from a corner was saved by Daniel Bentley and Böðvarsson should have done better when he found space in the penalty area and met a Bacuna ball but he failed to direct his header and the chance had gone. Moments later, however, Reading were level. And it was a goal to forget from a Brentford perspective.

The away side pressed high and Brentford played themselves in to trouble in defence. A slip from Chris Mepham almost conceded possession inside the area and Barbet was then unable to find a team mate with a ball forward. Brentford never regrouped and a Swift shot was spilled by Bentley, as he tried to recover, Böðvarsson arrived to get an extra touch that took the ball over the line and levelled the score.

That goal removed Reading’s attacking instincts and Brentford moved up a gear to dominate the later stages of the first period with the visitors’ counter-attacks becoming fewer and further between. They had all the possession and territorial advantage and created openings but were unable to find the breakthrough. Walker did well to get down and save a cross-cum-shot from Barbet before great work from Benrahma set up a shooting chance for Macleod but the effort deflected over.

Reading wasted a good chance to breakaway when Yakou Méïté had a shot blocked with players waiting for a pass but most of the action was at the other end. Walker was tested by a fierce shot from Barbet, saving above his head, and then watched as Benrahma cut inside and lashed a shot just past the post. Despite controlling long periods, Brentford were in to the break all square and would have been looking to turn their possession to goals after the break.

Unfortunately for The Bees, they were unable to build any momentum in the second period. A flashpoint – where McEachran and Bacuna were booked – at a free kick did not help the flow of a game that was already starting to get a bit staccato with Reading resorting to time wasting tactics and niggly fouls early in the second period. When the free kick was eventually taken by Benrahma, he beat Walker but whipped his effort inches past the post.

The second half turned in to a horrible viewing experience, and that suited the visitors. Barely any time went by without a stoppage, be it a free kick or a player in need of assistance from the side lines, and that meant Brentford had no momentum. Mo Barrow fired across goal for the visitors and they then took the lead 20 minutes after the interval. And again, it was one to forget for The Bees.

Benrahma appeared to be fouled on the right and then looked as if he had nicked the ball from Böðvarsson as he tried to retrieve it. A free kick was awarded – and, crucially, Benrahma was booked, which enabled Swift to let fly from 22 yards and his free kick burst through the hands of Bentley. The Brentford goalkeeper appeared to be trying to push the ball over his crossbar but it bounced down and over the line to give Reading the lead.

The first 20 minutes of the second half had been a tough watch for the football purist and the later stages were even worse as the stoppages, time-wasting and semi-subtle fouls increased. Brentford were struggling to find a rhythm, they wasted possession a few too many times and were unable to find the momentum they needed, committing fouls to relieve the pressure at times. The Bees also started to suffer with the inconsistency of the officials.

After waiting until the 53rd minute to start cautioning players, referee Geoff Eltringham produced his yellow card for almost every foul in the later stages of the game. Benrahma was adjudged to be guilty of a second cautionable offence and did not make it to the end of the match. Brentford had tried to respond after the goal as Maupay headed against the outside of a post when a corner dropped inside the box and then fired narrowly wide after a nice turn. Sergi Canós also shot wide after being set up by Maupay.

The sending off forced a tactical switch from The Bees. Dalsgaard pushed up higher on the right and Alan Judge took up a role just behind Maupay. With the home fans roused by the red card, and the decision to play ten minutes of added time, Reading started to retreat and shrink. And the additional time, caused by their time wasting, enabled Brentford to equalise.

Macleod delivered a corner from the right, Mepham flicked on and Barbet rose highest at the far post to head in and level it up. There was no doubt the goal was deserved, and The Bees had chances before getting it. Canós had a shot blocked after a nice run and Ilori diverted a brilliant Dalsgaard cross away from the arriving Judge soon after.

That interception led to the corner that produced the goal and it was Brentford, with ten men, that went looking for a winner. They might have got one when another Macleod corner found Dalsgaard inside the six-yard box, but he couldn’t shift his weight to turn it towards goal. That ensured Reading got their point, but Brentford extended their unbeaten home run that now stretches back more than six months.

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Konsa, Mepham, Barbet; McEachran (sub Mokotjo 71 mins); Benrahma, Sawyers (sub Judge 80 mins), Macleod, Watkins (sub Canós 69 mins); Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, Jeanvier, Odubajo, Yennaris

Bookings: McEachran (53 mins), Watkins (55 mins) (third of season), Maupay (78 mins) (second of season), Judge (90 mins)

Sent Off: Benrahma (86 mins) (second yellow card)

Reading: Walker; Gunter, Ilori, Moore, Yiadom; Ezatolahi; Méïté (sub Aluko 82 mins), Bacuna, Swift (sub Kelly 90 mins), Barrow (sub Sims 71 mins); Böðvarsson

Subs (not used): Jaakkola, Blackett, McNulty, Rinomhota

Bookings: Bacuna (53 mins)

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Ticket News

Tickets for today’s game are still available

Tickets for today’s game still available online

29 September 2018

It’s matchday and we face Reading at 3pm this afternoon. Tickets for today’s game are still available online so book yours now and jump the queue at the Ticket Office. Simply print your ticket at home to gain entry to the ground.

With our away stand sold out, tickets for this fixture are on restricted sale, you must have a ticket purchasing history to buy tickets for this match. To join us on Saturday 29 September, make sure you login to your ticketing account so we know you are eligible to buy tickets for this game.

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.

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Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)
30 24 22 8
Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)
35 29 27 8
New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
30 24 22 8
New Road Stand
(All other blocks)
35 29 27 8
Ealing Road Terrace 30 24 22 8

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

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  • 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.

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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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