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Match Preview: Brentford vs Blackburn Rovers

All the info ahead of tomorrow's game against Rovers

21 February 2020

Another busy week of Sky Bet Championship action gets underway tomorrow as we welcome Blackburn Rovers to Griffin Park. The clash, live on Sky Sports, pits the two sides who've taken the most league points since the end of November against each other in a lunchtime showdown.

MATCH FACTS

  • We have lost five of our last six league matches against Blackburn, winning the other 5-2 at Griffin Park last February
  • Only one of the previous 14 league meetings between us at Griffin Park has ended as a draw, a 1-1 stalemate in April 1952.
  • We have won seven of our past nine home league games (D1 L1), the only defeat in that run coming against Nottingham Forest.
  • Blackburn are unbeaten in their past three away league games (W2 D1), picking up as many points in those three games as they had in their previous nine on the road (7).
  • Ollie Watkins has 20 league goals in 33 games this season, as many as he'd netted in 86 games across his previous two campaigns with the Bees. However, he's looking to avoid failing to score in three consecutive league games for the first time this season.

HEAD TO HEAD

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THE OPPOSITION

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Blackburn Rovers have launched a Play-Off run in 2020 despite seeing their squad decimated by injury over the past couple of months. 

Under Tony Mowbray, Rovers didn't pull up any trees in the opening three months of the season and went into the November international break 18th in the table, with 18 points from 16 games. They returned from that break and reeled off four straight wins, which included their 1-0 win over us at Ewood Park, as part of an eight-game unbeaten run. 

Much of that run, which moved them up to ninth at the mid-point of the campaign, was based on the form of Bradley Dack. However, he was ruled out for the season with a knee injury in late December, the first of a number of high-profile players to be forced onto the treatment table.

In the immediate aftermath of Dack's departure, Rovers embarked on a five-game winless run but 13 points from their last six games has lifted them to eighth, three points off the Play-Offs. 

Dack's considerable shoes have been filled by Adam Armstrong (pictured above) in recent weeks, the striker contributing five goals and six assists in his last 14 outings. 

THE MANAGER

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Tomorrow marks two-years to the day since Tony Mowbray was appointed Head Coach of Blackburn Rovers. A distinguished defender during his playing days, Mowbray made 670 professional appearances, achieving back-to-back promotions as captain of his hometown club Middlesbrough in the late 1980s. His career also took in stays at Celtic and Ipswich Town before he was handed his first managerial job at Hibernian in 2004.

In October 2006, Mowbray was appointed Manager of West Bromwich Albion. He led The Baggies to the Championship title in his second season at The Hawthorns. Celtic came calling in June 2009, before Mowbray returned to former club Middlesbrough in October 2010. Mowbray left Boro in October 2013 and took charge of Coventry City from March 2015 to September 2016. Under his leadership, Blackburn secured an immediate return to the Championship following relegation in 2016/17.

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank has confirmed that Bryan Mbeumo will be back in the starting XI after he missed last Saturday's draw at Birmingham City. Mathias Jensen limped off early during that game while Pontus Jansson was absent due to injury. None of the quartet of Kamohelo Mokotjo, Sergi Canos, Nikos Karelis, or Marcus Forss will feature tomorrow. 

Rovers' treatment room looks like it's getting slightly quieter with Sam Gallagher and Joe Rankin-Costello returning to training this week. Long-term absentees Corry Evans, Bradley Dack, Joe Rothwell, and Derrick Williams are not close to a return however. 

THOMAS' PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

🆚 Hot off the Press: Rich Sharpe previews tomorrow's opponents

⚖ Tim Robinson to take charge at Griffin Park

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

Tomorrow's game is SOLD OUT. Our Ticket Exchange is open, reselling returned tickets. Season Ticket Holders who can’t make the game can return their tickets here. 

Buy your tickets here

Find out more information in our Ticket Exchange how-to-guide here.

Please note: tickets are only available at adult rates and Adult Membership discount will not be applied.

HOW TO FOLLOW

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Match Reports

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Your Brentford v Blackburn Rovers match report, powered by Utilita

22 February 2020

Brentford extended their unbeaten run to five games as they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers. A goal early in each half from Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong had seemed set to condem Brentford to a home defeat against one of their rivals at the top of the table. But Ollie Watkins halved the deficit and Saïd Benrahma scored from the penalty spot to earn The Bees a share of the spoils.

Blackburn started the day eighth in the table but have been the form team in the Sky Bet Championship since January and would have made further ground on the top of the table with a win at Griffin Park. That looked like it was coming when Armstrong converted a penalty early in the second half to make it 2-0. But Watkins scored his 21st of the season as Brentford launched a fight back and Benrahma completed it. There were chances for The Bees to turn zero points in to three in the later stages, but they could not get over the line and had to settle for one.

Brentford started in very positive fashion. They looked to attack from the first whistle and created chances in the opening exchanges. Their midfield linked with their attacking players and the game was played almost exclusively in Blackburn territory. But despite all that, it was the visitors that were in front 20 minutes in.

The goal came the first time Blackburn got deep in to the Brentford half. Goalkeeper Christian Walton lashed a long ball downfield that was taken by the wind and deceived Ethan Pinnock. It allowed Armstrong to run in behind, albeit maybe from an offside position, and he cleverly lifted his shot over the advancing David Raya and in to the net to put his team in front.

Walton got the assist for the goal but was more heavily involved at the other end. He made a brave save at the feet of Bryan Mbeumo when the attacked looked set to score after getting on to a superb pass from Benrahma. When a corner was half cleared soon after, Josh Dasilva tricked his way back in to the area and his drilled cross was hacked away inside the six-yard box.

Blackburn looked to be second best but scored when Armstrong broke free and almost got another soon after. Armstrong intercepted a loose pass from Dasilva and shot from 22 yards but faded the effort wide. The Bees would have been pretty happy with their start, despite being behind. They were dominating the centre of the pitch, finding space to play in Blackburn territory and creating chances. They were also having to play in to an extremely strong wind, which helped Blackburn get their goal, and were dealing better with ball moving quickly on a dry playing surface.

Mbeumo could have equalised for The Bees when he met an Emiliano Marcondes corner, but he headed wide from ten yards. And other chances were coming for The Bees, who were moving the ball well in the Blackburn half and finding openings. Blackburn sat deep even before they scored and were content to wait for Brentford to make mistakes in possession and counter-attack.

Benrahma was started to drift in to central areas and took up shooting positions as the first half wore on. When Watkins robbed Ryan Nyambe on the touchline and set up Benrahma on the edge of the penalty area, he may have done better than fire straight at Walton. Walton denied Benrahma again after he was picked up by Christian Nørgaard and the pressure started to mount as half time approached.

Watkins combined with Dasilva after Rico Henry had got in on the left and delivered a cross, but the shot was sliced. It broke to Benrahma and his effort took a deflection before being saved well by Walton. And Brentford went even closer soon after. After more nice interplay on the left, Dasilva set up Benrahma for a shot that was so badly sliced it turned in to a pass for Mbeumo. The ball was recycled and Henrik Dalsgaard picked out Benrahma for a shot that would have arrowed in but for a great block by Nyambe. Still Blackburn couldn’t fully clear and Dasilva found Watkins but his shot, after a clever turn, was deflected away for a corner.

Most of Brentford’s good play was coming on the left side. Benrahma was leaving space for Henry to dart in to and Dasilva was roaming in to any gaps he could find. But Brentford were behind at the break and Blackburn ended the first half strongly. Long-range efforts from Bradley Johnson and Dominic Samuel failed to trouble Raya but the Brentford goalkeeper did have to be alert to save an Armstrong free kick that bent over the wall and would have dipped in.

That ensured there was just one goal in the game at the break but that became two within ten minutes of the start of the second half. Brentford failed to deal with a ball over the top and Armstrong found himself in on goal only to be denied by Raya. The ball bounced up and Raya went to claim it as John Buckley approached, with Dalsgaard also trying to clear. Buckley went down and referee Tim Robinson decided Raya had fouled him when he palmed the ball clear. Armstrong took responsibility and rolled the ball home to give Blackburn a lead that looked as if it would be decisive.

There had been a fairly even start to the second half. Brentford had been pressing on, now playing with the strong win at their backs, but Blackburn had a good defensive shape and looked to break. They took their chance to get the second goal and seemed to have the game wrapped up. But Brentford hit back.

The Bees made a couple of changes, introducing Mads Roerslev and Shandon Baptiste. They also changed their shape with Nørgaard dropping in to the centre of a back three. That allowed Roerslev and Henry to be high up the pitch with Mbeumo and Benrahma in central areas closer to Watkins. And Brentford started the comeback.

The ignition came from Watkins and came out of nothing. Dalsgaard played a ball forward and Watkins controlled in on his chest before turning and lashing past Walton from 25 yards. There looked to be nothing on when Watkins brought the ball down, but his spin and shot was quick enough to catch Walton out and Brentford had a lifeline.

That gave The Bees renewed optimism they could take something from the game, and they pushed on. Roerslev was superb as a right wing back and Blackburn were forced back. Benrahma lashed over after Roerslev had cut in to the box and Pinnock then fired wide when Dasilva delivered a low corner. Dasilva also fired over the bar after working a shooting chance from 25 yards.

Brentford got their levelled with 20 minutes remaining and it was Roerslev at the centre of it. He darted forward and went between Amari’i Bell and Johnson in the penalty area before going to ground as they blocked him off. Mr Robinson again pointed to the spot and Benrahma sent Walton the wrong way to make it 2-2.

With the game stretched it seemed certain that one team or the other would get the crucial fifth goal. The first good chance came to Blackburn when Dalsgaard made a mess of a back pass and Armstrong raced clear. He looked set to complete a hat-trick, but Raya made himself big and blocked the shot. Raya also saved a Stewart Downing free kick and Darragh Lenihan headed wide for the visitors.

But most of the chances in the later stages came at the other end. And Walton was, again, the key man. He made a fine save from a Mbeumo shot after Baptiste had led a break and then watched as Dasilva shot over. When Benrahma picked a gap with a pass, Walton saved bravely at the feet of Mbeumo to keep the game level and Dasilva had a shot blocked after bursting in to the box.

Sam Gallagher headed wide for Rovers and Watkins had a shot blocked but the golden chance came a minute from the end. Watkins opened up the defence with a flick between his legs and Benrahma danced clear, his low shot was superbly saved by Walton and the goalkeeper then saved a follow-up from Halil Dervişoğlu. Any lift on the effort from Benrahma would have given The Bees three points but Walton denied him and earned his side a draw.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jeanvier (sub Roerslev 54 mins), Pinnock, Henry (sub Dervişoğlu 84 mins); Marcondes (sub Baptiste 60 mins), Nørgaard, Dasilva; Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Oksanen, Fosu, Valencia

Bookings: Mbeumo (80 mins) (third of season)

Blackburn Rovers: Walton; Nyambe, Lenihan, Adarabioyo, Bell; Johnson, Travis, Buckley (sub Gallagher 65 mins); Downing; Samuel (sub Bennett 73 mins), Armstrong

Subs (not used): Leutwiler, Graham, Davenport, Brereton, Bennett, Carter

Attendance: 12,082 (1,454 away fans)

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Ticket News

Check the ticket exchange and buy for game today

Supporters can secure a place for our match against Blackburn Rovers at Griffin Park via the Ticket Exchange

22 February 2020

The Bees welcome Blackburn Rovers to Griffin Park for a 12.30pm kick-off today, Saturday 22 February. Thomas Frank's men will be looking to emulate their emphatic 5-2 victory in the same fixture last year. Supporters can secure their place via the Ticket Exchange. Season Ticket Holders who can’t make the game can now return their tickets by logging into their account here.

Buy your tickets here

TICKET EXCHANGE PRICES

Blocks

Adults

Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors

Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)

28

NA

NA

NA

Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)

33

NA

NA

NA

New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)

28

NA

NA

NA

New Road Stand
(All other blocks)

33

NA

NA

NA

Ealing Road Terrace

28

NA

NA

NA

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

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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