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Match Preview: Brentford vs Derby County

All the info ahead of tomorrow's Griffin Park meeting

30 August 2019

Phillip Cocu brings his Rams to Griffin Park tomorrow for our latest Sky Bet Championship outing. Below you will find all the info as we look for a first home league win of the campaign.

MATCH FACTS

  • We have won one of our last nine league matches against Derby County (W1 D4 L4), a 4-0 win in April 2017.
  • The 14 league meetings between us at Griffin Park have seen 56 goals scored at an average of exactly four per game.
  • Since the start of last season, only West Brom (11) have been awarded more penalties in the Championship than Derby (10, including play-offs).
  • Derby have lost just once in their last 11 regular season Championship matches (W5 D5), although they are winless since their opening day victory vs Huddersfield (D3 L1).

THE OPPOSITION

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Six points from five Championship games, with just one defeat, it's been a low key start for Derby County under new boss Philip Cocu. However, after all the drama of the Play-Off victory over Leeds United, Spygate, defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley, and then Frank Lampard's departure for Chelsea, low-key might not be a bad thing. 

The Rams' opening day win over Huddersfield Town remains their only league success this term while they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup in midweek by arch-rivals Nottingham Forest. Since that win over The Terriers, Cocu's side have been held at home by Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion, drawn away at Stoke City and been beaten at Pride Park by Bristol City. 

In terms of player movement, the addition of Krystian Bielik from Arsenal appears to have been an inspired move with the Pole impressing at the heart of defence thus far. Matt Clarke [Brighton], Ben Hamer [Huddersfield], Jamie Paterson [Bristol City], and Kieran Dowell [Everton] were also added on loan deals as the likes of Alex Pearce, Craig Bryson, Bradley Johnson, and Dave Nugent departed. 

THE MANAGER

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Phillip Cocu arrives in the East Midlands with a CV to match anyone who has taken charge in the second tier. The cultured midfielder made 773 professional appearances, netting 151 goals, over a 20 year career. He won four Dutch titles as well as two Dutch Cups and two Dutch Super Cups with PSV. At Barcelona he added a La Liga title and scored twice as Holland finished fourth at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. 

After retiring in 2008, Cocu spent five years as Head Coach back at Eindhoven, ending his time there with a 65 per cent win rate, three Eredivisie titles, a Dutch Cup, and two Dutch Super Cups. He left in the summer of 2018, enduring an unsuccessful four-month spell in Turkey with Fenerbache, before arriving at Derby in July. 

TEAM NEWS

Aside from Mads Bech Sorensen, Thomas Frank has a fully fit squad to pick from. New signing Nikos Karelis is available after his international clearance was approved. 

For The Rams, former Bee Florian Jozefzoon has been ruled out of the game while Scott Malone is touch and go. Duane Holmes came through 90 minutes against Forest in his first appearance of the season and is available. 

THOMAS' PRE-MATCH PRESS

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

🆚 Hot off the Press: Chris Watson of the Derby Telegraph previews The Rams

⚖ Ref Watch: David Webb will take charge on Saturday

🚆 Travel Guide: Rail Strike may affect travel time to Griffin Park tomorrow

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand 
(B300, B301, B305)
23 17 15 6
Braemar Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
28 22 20 6
New Road Stand 
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
23 17 15 6
New Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
28 22 20 6
Ealing Road Terrace 23 17 15 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

BUY ONLINE 

7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Save on fees

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, 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 0333 005 8521, 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.

HOW TO FOLLOW

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm with Mark Burridge, Marcus Gayle and Greville Waterman bringing commentary of The Rams' visit to Griffin Park.

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Match Reports

Brentford 3 Derby County 0

Your Brentford v Derby County match report, powered by Utilita

31 August 2019

A first half demolition of Derby County gave Brentford their first home win of the 2019/20 season. Ollie Watkins scored twice after Bryan Mbeumo had opened his account in English football to give The Bees the lead. That goal was followed within 90 seconds by the first for Watkins and he added a third before half time to make the game safe.

The 3-0 win was the least Brentford deserved for a comprehensive dismantling of Derby, particularly in the first half. The Bees created a series of chances, playing some incisive and entertaining attacking football. The second period was not quite as dominant, with Derby having a renewed determination to keep the score down, but there was never any doubt where the points were heading.

There was a good tempo to the game from the first whistle. Derby’s attacking midfield players joined striker Jack Marriott in getting high up the pitch. They invited Brentford to try and play through or around them to progress up the pitch and The Bees were able to find gaps in the opening stages to work attacking positions.

Brentford could have been ahead inside the first ten minutes with a series of chances, starting from a right-wing corner by Mathias Jensen. The delivery was just too high for Henrik Dalsgaard to head in but, from the second phase, Sergi Canós weaved in to the penalty area and let fly with a shot that Kelle Roos had to save away to his right. The ball was still to cleared and Jensen set up Canós again in the inside right channel, but he was unable to force a shot in or get the ball across the box.

Christian Nørgaard shot over for The Bees soon after when Watkins laid a Canós pass in to his path and there were signs that Brentford’s direct running at the Derby defence would soon reap its rewards. But the visitors also had an attacking mindset. Marriott got away from Julian Jeanvier and saw a shot blocked by Pontus Jansson before a looping header from Richard Keogh was saved. Tom Lawrence then may have done better when he found space 25 yards out but he pulled a shot wide.

The threat posed by The Bees was turned in to a two-goal lead just before the 20-minute mark with the front three able to open Derby up. The first goal came when The Bees won a midfield battle and a delightful turn from Saïd Benrahma gave him the freedom of the Derby half. A clever pass put Watkins through and he rounded Roos but found the penalty area packed and his shot was blocked by Keogh. It did, however, fall perfectly for Mbeumo to slot it past the defenders on the line and give The Bees the lead with his first goal in English football.

If that had Derby rocking, 83 seconds later when The Bees went two up, the noise reverberated around West London. Canós, probably Brentford’s brightest spark during a superb first half display, played a pass that released Mbeumo in the inside right channel. His ball took out Keogh, the one remaining defender, and Watkins slotted home with ease. Two passes had turned a defensive position in to an open goal and Watkins gleefully fired home.

Derby tried to respond and when Lawrence got free of Canós on the right his cross was just too heavy for Martyn Waghorn to force in. But the difference in the attacking patterns of play was a stark one. As soon as there was a fraction of space for Brentford to exploit, they attacked with numbers and at pace and Derby could not cope.

Benrahma lashed over from 22 yards after turning well in the centre of the pitch and the Algerian attacker stung the palms of Roos with a fierce shot after a free kick had been half cleared. When Watkins sent the irrepressible Canós away down the right again there were four players to pick out in the middle, Rico Henry was found but the shot flew high over the bar. Jeanvier had a shot blocked when a corner was played low and The Bees had legitimate claims for a penalty late in the half. Benrahma picked out Mbeumo in the inside right channel and he weaved inside before letting fly with a shot that was blocked by the arms of Keogh well above his head. But referee David Webb pointed for a corner rather than to the spot.

With half time approaching, Brentford turned the screw, determined to have the game won the by the break. Derby were offering no resistance to the attacking display of the home side and chance after chance came. Keogh was trying to hold his team together, but they kept giving possession away and the pressure was piled on. Nørgaard had a shot blocked and when Henry delivered the ball back in to the box, Jensen met it on the volley but it again hit a defender.

Benrahma had a shot deflected wide and from the resulting corner, the third goal came. The ball was played short, Benrahma picked out Jeanvier and while the first shot was blocked, it dropped to Watkins. The striker saw a first effort blocked, maybe even hitting Dalsgaard on the line, but he placed the second shot passed the defenders on the line and in to the net. There was still time for Benrahma to fire a free kick over late in the half as The Bees went in at the break with a 3-0 lead that could have been many more.

Derby had to make changes at the interval and made many. There was just one in personnel – with 18-year-old left back Lee Buchanan made the fall guy and Duane Holmes introduced – but there was also a change in shape and in outlook. Waghorn joined Marriott up front in an attempt to occupy Brentford’s three central defenders and Mason Bennett was introduced early in the second half as Derby went to a flat 4-4-2. Lawrence was wider on the left and he cut inside before blasting wide just after half time. The wide man then ran from deep before shooting wide of David Raya’s near post.

But Brentford were still able to play through. A simple pass from Jeanvier ripped a giant hole in the Derby midfield, Benrahma found Mbeumo and the little ball inside was fired wide by the late arriving Canós. There was a better chance moments later when Nørgaard split the home defence, Mbeumo raced free and was able to round Roos but was forced wide, he unselfishly found Watkins rather than shooting and the eventual effort was diverted away by Keogh.

Canós fired wide when Jansson nodded down a Jensen corner and it took a superb tackle from Krystian Bielik to prevent Mbeumo going through on to a Jensen pass with only Roos to beat. Dalsgaard then headed a corner wide before, at the other end, miss-controlling a high ball and giving Waghorn a run on goal but Jansson was back to block.

The game meandered to a close after the hour mark. Brentford continued to press forward but lost a fraction of sharpness as they tired while Derby battled to keep the score down. The visitors, for their part, tried to attack but lacked the incisiveness needed to create openings. They changed shape again with Marriott withdrawn but this did little to affect the flow of the game.

There were late chances for Brentford to get the third goal they probably deserved. Watkins got away on the right and delivered a ball that just eluded the arriving Joel Valencia, on to make his first Brentford appearance as a substitute. And Watkins could have grabbed his hat-trick when Kamohelo Mokotjo put him away, he tried to lift a ball over Roos, but the goalkeeper blocked with his chest to keep it at 3-0. But that was a minor victory on the day for Derby as Brentford had far more to cheer.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Jeanvier; Canós, Nørgaard, Jensen (sub Mokotjo 73 mins), Henry; Mbeumo (sub Žambůrek 78 mins), Watkins, Benrahma (sub Valencia 82 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Pinnock, Dasilva, Forss

Derby County: Roos; Lowe, Keogh, Bielik, Buchanan (sub Holmes h/t); Huddlestone, Dowell (sub Bennett 52 mins); Waghorn, Knight, Lawrence; Marriott (sub Paterson 76 mins)

Subs (not used): Hamer, Shinnie, Clarke, Davies

Bookings: Waghorn (45 mins), Lawrence (84 mins)

Attendance: 11,055 (1,676 away fans)

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Ticket News

Tickets still available for today’s game

Join us from £28 Adults and only £6 Juniors

31 August 2019

Today is the day! We welcome The Rams to Griffin Park this afternoon and it’s not too late to join us. Tickets are available from £28 Adults and only £6 Juniors, give us your support and let’s get another three points on the table.

With sections of the ground sold out, make sure you secure your place quickly before it’s too late. We expect queues today so simply purchase your tickets online and print them before the match to save time and avoid missing kick-off. The away end has sold out for this fixture, therefore tickets are on restricted sale, so don’t forget to login to secure your place.

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Become a Member today and save £5* on your Match Ticket. Adult Members will also receive priority access to all home league fixtures. For only £5 Juniors will receive a Welcome Pack tailored to their age range.

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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: Monday 15 July, 4pm (one per person) 
    Members will not be able to upload their own Match Ticket to their Brentford Card. Members will need to choose between a paper ticket and ‘Print at Home’ tickets. Please note: Members need to login to their ticketing account to get their membership discount and priority access. Read more here. 
  • Season Ticket Holders: Wednesday 17 July, 4pm (three per person)
  • Club Members additional tickets: Wednesday 17 July, 4pm (three per person)
  • Previous ticket purchasers: Friday 19 July, 4pm (four per person)
    Please note: this game will not go on general sale. To buy tickets for this match, supporters must have previously bought and attended a Brentford fixture, prior to the above on-sale dates.

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TICKET ACCESS POINTS

UPGRADE AND SAVE

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

FAMILY WEBSITE

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

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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 Sold out Sold out Sold out Sold out

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 0333 005 8521, 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 0333 005 8521, 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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