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Match Preview: Luton Town vs Brentford

Everything you need to know ahead of tonight's clash at Kenilworth Road

25 February 2020

Backed by a sold out away end, we head to Luton Town tonight looking for victory to cut the gap between us and the automatic promotion places in the Sky Bet Championship down to just three points. The Hatters currently prop up the table but have won three of their last six league matches. Below you will find all the info ahead of our first trip to Kenilworth Road since 2008.

MATCH FACTS

  • In the reverse fixture against Brentford, a 7-0 mauling, Luton Town suffered their worst Football League defeat since losing 8-1 to Lincoln City in December 1966.
  • This will be our first away league match against Luton since November 2008, when we won 1-0 in a League Two encounter.
  • Should we score three or more goals, we will have hit double figures against an opponent in a league season for the first time since the 1994-95 season, when we scored 12 against Plymouth Argyle.
  • Luton have won two of their last three league games at Kenilworth Road (L1) and are looking to record back-to-back wins on home soil for only the second time this season.
  • Only Aleksandar Mitrovic (18) has scored in more Championship matches this season than Brentford striker Ollie Watkins (15 games - 21 goals), however, he hasn't netted in any of his last 10 league games on a Tuesday since March 2018 v Burton.

HEAD TO HEAD

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THE OPPOSITION

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Luton's first season in the second tier since 2007 has proved to be a tough one but Graeme Jones' men have plugged away and remain in touch with those above them as we enter the final quarter of the campaign. 

Bar the opening weekend of the season, Luton have never been higher than 15th in the table and have spent all of 2020 in the bottom two after taking just seven points from 16 games between mid-October and mid-January. However, nine points from the last 18 available have dragged them to within six points of safety. 

The Hatters have shipped more than two goals a game on average, with our 7-0 thumping in late December, one of 13 occasions this term they have conceded three or more in a game. At the other end, they have only failed to score twice in nine league games in 2020 with James Collins (10) (pictured above) and Harry Cornick (8) their leading scorers. 

Their tally of nine league wins is only two less than Derby County, who sit 13th, but it's their 22 defeats, three more than anyone else in the division, which has really hurt them this campaign. 

THE MANAGER

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Graeme Jones began his playing career in the non-league before getting his break in the Football Leauge with Doncaster Rovers in 1993. After 30 goals in three seasons at Belle Vue, Jones headed across the Peak District to Wigan Athletic where he enjoyed a record-breaking first season. He netted 31 league goals, which remains a Latics' club-record to this day, as Wigan were promoted from the Fourth Tier. Jones spent two more years in Lancashire before moving on. The final seven years of his career took in six clubs with limited success ahead of retirement in 2006. 

Until his appointment by The Hatters in May, Jones had held a number of high-profile assistants' jobs to Roberto Martinez with Swansea City, Wigan, Everton, and, most recently, the Belgium national side. In August 2018 it was announced that Jones would join newly-relegated West Bromwich Albion as assistant to Darren Moore, which resulted in him leaving his position with Belgium, after a two-year spell. It was also the first time that Jones had not coached alongside Martínez since the beginning of his coaching career in 2007 

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank has confirmed that Mathias Jensen (hamstring) and Pontus Jansson (hip) will miss out tonight, joining long-term absentees Sergi Canos, Nikos Karelis, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Marcus Forss, and Ellery Balcombe in the treatment room. 

Luton hope to have Izzy Brown, Kazenga LuaLua and captain Sonny Bradley back after all three missed their defeat at Charlton with minor knocks. Danny Hylton and Callum McManaman are once again set to start on the bench with Brendan Galloway (knee) and James Shea (finger) definitely out. 

THOMAS' PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

🆚 Hot off the Press: Mike Simmonds previews tonight's opponents

⚖ Darren England to take charge at Kenilworth Road

🚗 Plan your visit to Luton

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

Tonight's game is a sell out and Brentford fans are urged not to travel without a ticket. 

HOW TO FOLLOW

iFollow Brentford will be live from 7.15pm with Mark Burridge, Dave Morley, and Ciaran Brett bringing live commentary from Kenilworth Road. 

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Two games, two wins, eight goals! Let's hope The Bees can make it three wins in a row while wearing the Commemorative Shirt tonight against Luton Town. 

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Match Reports

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Your Luton Town v Brentford match report, powered by Utilita

25 February 2020

Brentford’s five match unbeaten run came to an end against Luton Town. The Bees conceded two first half goals from set pieces and could not find a way back. Ollie Watkins scored late on but The Bees were unable to find another goal and Luton took the points.

And while Brentford certainly had the better chances over the course of the game, Luton will probably feel they did enough to win. They scored in the early stages and then at the end of the first half, keeping Brentford at bay in between. And while Watkins got his 22nd of the season in the later stages, The Bees did not create enough in the second period to earn a share of the spoils.

Brentford started the game positively and went on the attack from the first whistle. They had much the better of the first 15 minutes of the contest but found themselves a goal down as Luton scored from their only early attack. The home side delivered a free kick from the inside right channel that flew across the box, bounced awkwardly, hit Shandon Baptiste, beat David Raya and nestled in the net.

The goal was very much against the run of early play as Brentford pushed Luton back. The Bees started the game with Christian Nørgaard at the centre of a back three and he took the opportunity to move in to midfield when he could. With Rico Henry and Mads Roerslev holding very wide positions, Saïd Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo were able to get involved in the game in central areas and The Bees had early chances.

Benrahma hit the wall with a free kick from 25 yards before Mbeumo created space for a cross and Henry arrived to head just wide. Those chances came before Luton’s goal and they continued to be created after it. Nørgaard, Josh Dasilva and Benrahma created space for Watkins to shoot but he fired straight at Simon Sluga. And there was a better chance soon after when Roerslev picked out Benrahma with a cross, he took a touch and fired in a shot that Sluga saved high to his right.

Nørgaard had a header blocked and Henrik Dalsgaard lashed well over from distance, but Luton were beginning to come in to the game. They were packing the centre of the pitch and stopping Brentford moving the ball wide. They stopped Baptiste and Dasilva getting involved in the middle of the pitch and it wasn’t long before Nørgaard to moved forward to supplement the Brentford midfield as the visitors reverted to a 4-3-3 system.

But Luton were creating chances to double their lead. Harry Cornick shot over at the near post and James Collins blasted wide after Nørgaard lost the ball deep in his own half. A Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu cross also caused some difficulty for The Bees as it flew across the six-yard box.

After Brentford’s formation change, they took control of the game again. Dasilva was finding space to play in and the ball was mostly in Luton territory. Benrahma was just unable to turn home a Mbeumo cross at the far post and Sluga made a fine low save from Dasilva, pushing the ball away from the arriving Watkins, who could not force it home. Nørgaard lashed a bouncing ball over and then fired narrowly wide from 18 yards after being set up by Dasilva, Benrahma and Henry.

As half time approached, Brentford were behind but had the momentum. They were then hit by another sucker punch. Luke Berry delivered another free kick in to the penalty area, Raya came and appeared to be barged as he tried to punch the ball clear. Referee Darren England – who allowed the hosts to take time out of the game throughout the first half – decided no foul had been committed and the ball bounced down for Martin Cranie to lash a shot past the Brentford defenders and in to the net. Raya protested but Mr England gave the goal and Brentford had a mountain to climb.

With Brentford needing two goals to get anything from the game, they looked to press forward at the start of the second half. The Bees had lots of the ball in Luton territory but were unable to create any really good openings. A weak Mbeumo header, comfortably saved by Sluga, was all they could muster in the early stages of the second half.

Luton, with a two-goal lead to defend, were content to play on the counter-attack. They allowed Brentford to have the ball in areas that did not threaten and looked to get men forward quickly when they won possession, as well as using their set pieces. Berry saw a shot deflect over when the ball dropped on the edge of the penalty area. And when Berry delivered a free kick soon after, it caused chaos in the Brentford defence, Cornick had a shot blocked and the visitors eventually scrambled the ball away.

The game became more stretched as the second half developed. Brentford made a series of attacking substitutions and put more and more men in to forward areas while Luton looked to break quickly when they could. Mpanzu was set up by Collins for a shot that was blocked while Watkins saw a pair of efforts hit home defenders in quick succession after creating space for himself in the penalty area.

A Dasilva shot deflected wide after he worked an opening and Watkins was unable to covert a Roerslev cross as Brentford pressed. But it was more perspiration than inspiration for The Bees, who were struggling to create really good chances. Sluga saved from Benrahma and Watkins met a Dasilva cross at the near post, but the effort was blocked and then gathered by the Luton goalkeeper.

Raya made a fine low save when Cornick burst in to the penalty area on the right-hand side and Ryan Tunnicliffe then pulled a shot wide. Cameron Carter-Vickers could have made it three for the home side when he met another good Berry delivery, but he headed straight at Raya. And it was starting to look like Brentford were running out of time. A burst from Watkins in to the penalty area enabled Benrahma to set up Dasilva, but his shot deflected wide.

Just when it looked as if there would be nothing for The Bees, they found a goal. Watkins created space and spread the ball wide to Roerslev on the right, he then held back for the ball in to the box and slotted it low past Sluga and in to the net. Watkins’ movement caught Luton out and Brentford had a lifeline.

With around ten minutes to play – albeit Luton were allowed by Mr England to continually waste time meaning that the ball spent nowhere near that long on the pitch – Brentford sensed they could snatch a point. And they had chances. Sluga saved a looping Roerslev effort and Benrahma curled a shot inches wide from 18 yards. There was a great late chance for Pinnock, who met an Emiliano Marcondes corner with a powerful header from ten yards. But Luton got bodies in the way, cleared the ball and took the win.

Luton Town: Sluga; Cranie, Carter-Vickers, Pearson, Potts; Rea; Cornick (sub Hylton 88 mins), Berry, Mpanzu, Tunnicliffe; Collins

Subs (not used): Stech, McManaman, Shinnie, Moncur, Bolton, Bree

Bookings: Rea (27 mins), Potts (90 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Nørgaard (sub Marcondes 63 mins), Pinnock; Roerslev, Dasilva, Baptiste (sub Valencia 71 mins), Henry; Mbeumo (sub Fosu 63 mins), Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Racic, Žambůrek, Dervişoğlu

Bookings: Nørgaard (25 mins) (seventh of season), Marcondes (90 mins)

Attendance: 10,008 (1,032 Bees fans)

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Ticket News

Away Luton tickets have now sold out

No more availability for our trip to Kenilworth Road

6 February 2020

All tickets are now sold out for our away fixture against Luton Town on Tuesday 25 February.

Supporters who do not have tickets should not travel. There will be no tickets available on the day at Kenilworth Road. Those who have bought a ticket for this fixture will receive it via post by Friday 21 February, if you have not received anything by then please contact our Box Office at tickets@brentfordfc.com or call on 0333 005 8521. Box office opening hours.

Travel

Travel for this fixture is available. Coaches depart from Layton Road Car Park at 5pm. Book by phone on 0203 665 7371 or 07414 883220, Monday to Friday, 12pm-8pm.

Prices are £14 for Travel Club Members and £17 for Season Ticket Holders.

Join the Bees Travel Club and save on coach fares. Membership is just £30 for the season, free for those 12 and under, and affords members a number of benefits. For further information please email lindajgilham@icloud.com.

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