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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tomorrow's trip to the Welsh capital

28 February 2020

After suffering a first Sky Bet Championship defeat in five on Tuesday night, we are on the road again tomorrow afternoon at Cardiff City. The Bluebirds are without a win in three and sit six points off the Play-Off spots. Below you will find all the info ahead of tomorrow's encounter.

MATCH FACTS

  • Cardiff City have won their last three home league games against us since a 2-3 defeat in December 2014.
  • We have not completed a league double over Cardiff since the 1994-95 season.
  • Cardiff have not lost three consecutive Championship games since January 2018, when they lost four in a row.
  • We have won just two of our last nine away Championship games (W2 D3 L4), losing last time out against Luton Town.
  • Cardiff have failed to score in their last two Championship matches, having failed to score in just two of their first 17 games in the competition under Neil Harris.
  • 15 of the 31 Championship goals (48%) we have conceded this season have come via set pieces, including each of our last three (one penalty, two free-kicks).

HEAD TO HEAD

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THE OPPOSITION

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Draws have been Cardiff City's achilles heel this year with the Bluebirds spending most of the season in mid-table limbo, unable to string together a consistent run of form.

Only West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United, and Nottingham Forest have lost fewer games than Cardiff this term (9) but, along with Millwall, their 14 draws is the most in the league. 

After relegation last season, Neil Warnock won just five of his first 17 games in all competitions this campaign, leading to his departure in mid-November. Neil Harris was appointed five days later and went on to lose just one of his first nine in charge, a 2-1 reverse at Griffin Park, lifting The Bluebirds up to tenth. However, a 6-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on New Year's Day began a run which has seen City win just three of their last ten league matches to lose ground in the Play-Off race. 

That has not been helped by a knee-injury to top scorer Lee Tomlin which has ruled him out for most of the rest of the season. Behind Tomlin (7), Danny Ward and Joe Ralls are Cardiff's next top scorers in the league with five each. 

THE MANAGER

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Neil Harris won many admirers for the job he did on a limited budget at Millwall, establishing The Lions back in the second-tier following promotion in 2017. However, after four-and-a-half years in charge, Harris felt he had reached the end of his shelf-life at The Den, resigning in early October. Six weeks later he took over at The Cardiff City Stadium, losing just four of his 23 games in charge so far. 

As a player, the wiley striker spent ten years with Millwall over two spells. He scored 138 goals in all competitions, beating the previous club-record held by Teddy Sheringham. Harris also battled and beat testicular cancer during a playing career that took him to Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest and Gillingham but was mostly spent at Millwall.

TEAM NEWS

Julian Jeanvier, Mathias Jensen, and Pontus Jansson all missed Tuesday's defeat at Luton Town, joining long-term absentees Sergi Canos, Nikos Karelis, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Marcus Forss, and Ellery Balcombe in the treatment room. 

As mentionned, Cardiff will be without Lee Tomlin (knee) while Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Isaac Vassell will also miss out through injury, with Matthew Connelly a doubt due to illness. Joe Ralls, Danny Ward, and Leandro Bacuna all came off the bench on Tuesday night and are pressing for starts. 

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

🆚 Hot off the Press: Glen Williams previews tomorrow's opponents

⚖ Simon Hooper to take charge at the Cardiff City Stadium

🚗 Plan your visit to South Wales

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

There will be Pay on the Day tomorrow, cash only, from the Away Ticket Office at Gate 12, starting at 12:30 (Collections and duplicates will also be available from this point)

Block Adult (22-59) Senior (60+) Young Persons (16-21) Junior (Under 16)

Block 119-122

£21 £16 £11 £9

HOW TO FOLLOW

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm with Mark Burridge, Mick Cabble, and Ciaran Brett bringing live commentary from South Wales. 

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Match Reports

Cardiff City 2 Brentford 2

Your Cardiff City v Brentford match report, powered by Utilita

29 February 2020

Brentford lost an early 2-0 lead as they drew 2-2 with Cardiff City in South Wales. A first professional goal for Luka Racic was followed by a Bryan Mbeumo free kick as The Bees went two up inside the first quarter of the contest and they seemed in complete control. But the game changed around the half hour, Cardiff struck twice before the interval to get it back level and that was how it stayed.

Brentford will feel they created enough chances to have won the game but Cardiff, particularly after the half hour mark, were very dangerous when they played balls in to the penalty area. Will Vaulks became a central figure as he avoided being sent off when appearing to knee Christian Nørgaard in the head and then propelled a series of long throws in to the penalty area, one of which became Cardiff’s second goal. Referee Simon Hooper also waved away penalty shouts at both ends as a winner was sought without success in the later stages.

The game started at a rather sedate pace and the only thing of note to happen in the first 15 minutes was Brentford taking the lead. The goal came five minutes in from a corner on the right delivered by Emiliano Marcondes. Henrik Dalsgaard met it at the near post, but his effort was blocked by Dion Sanderson. The ball dropped perfectly for Racic to place a shot first time past Alex Smithies and the Cardiff defenders on the line and put The Bees in front.

Racic took his first goal in professional football with remarkably calmness and gave The Bees the perfect start. The visitors had started the game in a positive fashion, without creating to much. They dominated possession and played on the front foot but were not able to create openings. The ball was largely in the centre of the field as Cardiff sat relatively deep in the early minutes and invited Brentford to play in front of them.

Having taken an early lead, Brentford were content to slow the game down. Cardiff refused to change their game plan, they invited Brentford to play with the ball in their own half and looked to go long when they had it. The home side tried to find centre forward Callum Paterson and battled for second balls and by the time they changed their method, Brentford were two up.

The second goal also came from a set piece. Mr Hooper gave Brentford a free kick when Junior Hoilett, chasing back, cut across Marcondes halted a run. Mbeumo measured the free kick from 22 yards, lifted it over the wall and in to the net. Smithies was over to the right of his goal and could not get back across as the ball sailed well inside the left-hand post.

The game was 21 minutes old and Cardiff had barely been in it. A long-range shot from Paterson had been touched over the crossbar by David Raya but the home side had offered nothing else. The second goal, however, changed their outlook and they began to take the game to Brentford. They were higher out of possession and pushed more players forward when they had the ball.

The hosts also began to win more set pieces and used them to good effect. A Vaulks long throw was flicked on by Sean Morrison and, after Dalsgaard had challenged Hoilett, the ball bounced up for Paterson to head against the outside of the post. Ethan Pinnock blocked a long-range shot from Vaulks before a flashpoint around the half hour mark helped change the game.

Nørgaard made a firm tackle on Vaulks in front of the dug outs on the Brentford left to concede a throw. Vaulks then moved in towards Nørgaard, appearing to knee him in the head and hold him down. The Brentford coaching staff and substitutes reacted furiously but, after consultation with Fourth Official Matthew Donohue, Mr Hooper decided nothing more than a talking to was necessary for Vaulks. Brentford were further angered as a longer admonishment was handed out to Head Coach Thomas Frank for his reaction.

With the temperature rising, on the pitch at least, Cardiff were further roused and the home side were a different proposition with a more determined outlook. The game was played more in Brentford territory as the half wore on and The Bees were having to deal with more balls in to their penalty area. That many of them came from Vaulks, via a long throw, added to Brentford’s annoyance at the earlier leniency from the officials.

Cardiff pulled one back just after that decision when they worked the ball down the right. The Brentford defence was pulled out of position and space was created for Albert Adomah to deliver a cross. Hoilett arrived late at the far post and beat Mbeumo to the cross to head home. The Cardiff man pulled off at the far post and placed a header back across Raya to reduce the deficit.

And 2-1 became 2-2 just before half time. Vaulks delivered a long throw, Morrison flicked on and Joe Ralls headed home at the far post. The flick from Morrison took most of the Brentford defence out of the game and Ralls got in front of Josh Dasilva to again beat Raya and level the game.

Even though they conceded two goals late in the half, Brentford were still creating more in open play. It was a wet and wild day in South Wales and The Bees appeared to be, mostly, playing in to a strong wind in the first half. But they still had the chances to have gone in at half time ahead.

It took a fine save from Smithies to keep out a dipping, swerving, shot from Saïd Benrahma after he had played one-twos with Dasilva and then Ollie Watkins. And in the dying seconds of the half, Nørgaard burst from midfield and fed Marcondes on the right, his drilled ball beat Watkins in the middle and flew out of play. Cardiff would have been the happier team at the interval, but Brentford had created by far the better chances over the course of the opening 45 minutes.

The second period started in the same way the later stages of the first had been played. Cardiff got the ball from back to front quickly, now playing in to the wind, and looked to win set pieces. Brentford were the better team on the ball, moving it well through midfield, but often forced to be patient as Cardiff were high up the pitch out of possession.

The better openings of the early stages of the second period went the way of The Bees. When Rico Henry got away on the left, he delivered a cross that deceived Curtis Nelson but Watkins was on his heels and could not react to finish from close range. Nelson did, however, then make a fine block to deflect a Benrahma shot over when a free kick dropped on the edge of the penalty area.

Raya saved a looping Paterson header before Smithies went away to his right to keep out a powerful Benrahma effort at the other end. And when Cardiff broke, they really should have taken the lead. Paterson got away on the right and delivered a cross that was miss-kicked by Adomah in to the path of Joe Bennett arriving at the back post. He had the goal at his mercy, but Raya flung himself across the line and Bennett fired in to the side netting.

Vaulks fired a free kick in to a defensive wall and Raya saved from Adomah after the wide man had cut in off the right. The Brentford goalkeeper also saved a header from Paterson, who was putting his height to good use but spent more of the game complaining to Mr Hooper. Both teams had cause to moan in the later stages as appeals for penalties were waved away. Morrison appeared to use his hand to stop a ball from Nørgaard reaching Benrahma, but nothing was given. And at the other end when a long throw dropped loose, Pinnock looked as if he may have fouled Hoilett but, again, Mr Hooper shook his head as non-decisions became a theme of the afternoon.

In the dying seconds, it looked like Brentford were the more likely team to grab the winner. Dasilva played a one-two with Benrahma and lashed a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area. He then created a shooting opportunity for Dalsgaard that deflected wide off Benrahma. The Bees even went close five minutes in to added time when Dasilva created space for Mbeumo, but the low shot was saved and the spoils were shared.

Cardiff City: Smithies; Sanderson, Nelson, Morrison, Bennett; Bacuna, Vaulks; Adomah, Ralls (sub Ward 80 mins), Hoilett; Paterson

Subs (not used): Etheridge, Flint, Glatzel Murphy, Pack, Smith

Bookings: Adomah (23 mins), Bacuna (52 mins), Hoilett (75 mins), Vaulks (81 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Racic, Pinnock, Henry; Marcondes (sub Baptiste 84 mins (sub Žambůrek 90 mins)), Nørgaard, Dasilva; Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Roerslev, Valencia, Dervişoğlu, Fosu

Bookings: Baptiste (85 mins) (fifth of season)

Attendance: 22,393

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Ticket News

Tickets available at The Cardiff City Stadium

Tickets for our away fixture against Cardiff City are available this afternoon

29 February 2020

It is not too late to follow Thomas and the boys as we take on Cardiff City this afternoon. The Bees will be looking to get all three points and get back to winning ways in the league. Tickets will be available from the Away Ticket Office at Gate 12 from 12.30pm, collections and duplicates will also be available from this point. It will be cash only.

PRICES

Block Adult (22-59) Senior (60+) Young Persons (16-21) Junior (Under 16)

Block 119-122

£21 £16 £11 £9

Wheelchair Access area

£17 £13 £10 £7

Ambulant disabled tickets are charged at the relevant general area ticket price. If a personal assistant is required, they will be issued free of charge.

 

CUSTOMER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to availability and Terms and Conditions of issue apply. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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