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Match Preview: Brentford vs Nottingham Forest

All the info ahead of tonight's Griffin Park encounter

28 January 2020

We're back under the lights tonight as we welcome fellow promotion-chasers Nottingham Forest to TW8. Below you will find all the info ahead of the game which takes us into our final ten Sky Bet Championship fixtures at Griffin Park.

MATCH FACTS

  • We have won three of our last four home Championship meetings with Nottingham Forest, losing the other 4-3 in August 2017.
  • Nottingham Forest's last league double over us came back in the 2006-07 season when the sides were in League One.
  • We have won each of our last six home league games and could win seven in a row for the first time since May 2014 in League One.
  • With a draw at Reading last time out, Nottingham Forest have now earned more points away from home in 2019-20 (24) than they managed in 2018-19 (23).
  • Bryan Mbeumo has scored in each of his last five league matches at Griffin Park, and could become the first player to net in six consecutive home matches in the Championship since Jarrod Bowen for Hull between December 2018 and March 2019 (8-game run).
  • Lewis Grabban's 16 league goals this season have been worth 17 points, the highest points won figure for a player in the division this campaign.

HEAD TO HEAD

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THE OPPOSITION

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Nottingham Forest head to Griffin Park tonight as the Sky Bet Championship's most in form side since Boxing Day. Sabri Lamouchi's men have won four and drawn two of their last six league matches to rekindle automatic promotion hopes which looked to be fading after a difficult December. 

Only the top two have taken more away points than Forest this campaign, with their tally of 24 points on the road matching the amount they have earned on home soil. On top of that, only West Bromwich Albion and Thomas Frank's Bees can better their tally of 13 goals conceded away from home.

There's been plenty of late drama in Forest's recent outings. They've scored in the final ten minutes in four of their last six league matches, but also conceded a pair of damaging equalisers in games against Reading during that run. 

Lamouchi's side have been reliant on the goals of former Bees striker Lewis Grabban (pictured above) this term. His tally of 16 is ten more than any other Forest player with Joe Lolley the only other player to have found the net more than three times during the campaign.  

THE MANAGER

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Sabri Lamouchi enjoyed a stellar playing career in his native France, Italy, and then Qatar, before retiring in 2009. Capped 12 times at international level, the midfielder was named in the initial 28-man squad for the 1998 World Cup, which Les Bleus would go on to win. He won the French League and Cup double with Auxerre in 1996, a further Ligue 1 title in 2000 with Monaco, and the Coppa Italia at Parma in 2002. 

His first steps in management were taken with the Ivory Coast National Team. He won seven of his 14 matches in charge but resigned after The Elephants were knocked out in the group stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He would then spend two-and-a-half years with El Jaish in Qatar, winning the 2016 Qatar Crown Prince Cup. Next up was a 13-month spell with Rennes which saw qualification for last season's Europa League before he arrived on the banks of the River Trent in June.  

TEAM NEWS

We will be without Sergi Canos, Marcus Forss, and Nikos Karelis for tonight's encounter while Mathias Jensen and Pontus Jansson both missed our last league outing against Huddersfield Town.

Forest have a clean bill of health and may hand a debut to Adama Diakhaby at Griffin Park. Experienced midfielder Claudio Yacob departed on Monday to join Nacional in Uruguay.

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

🆚 Hot off the Press: The Athletic's Paul Taylor previews tonight's action

⚖ Tim Robinson to take charge at Griffin Park

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

We've sold more than 12,000 tickets for tonight's game under the lights. Availability in the New Road and Braemar Road is extremely limited while tickets in the Ealing Road are only available via the Ticket Exchange. 

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HOW TO FOLLOW

iFollow Brentford will be live from 7.15pm with Mark Burridge, Mick Cabble, and Kat Mills bringing you all the action as we look to make it seven straight home league wins.  

Click below to find out more about how you can follow the game wherever you are!

iFollow | Domestic (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man)

iFollow | International (other countries worldwide)

As the game was originally scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, it will not be available on the red button or to watch  domestically through iFollow.

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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Match Reports

Brentford 0 Nottingham Forest 1

Your Brentford v Nottingham Forest match report, powered by Utilita

28 January 2020

A single goal was enough to give Nottingham Forest the points in a top-of-the-table clash at Griffin Park. Brentford were beaten 1-0 to slip to a first home defeat in almost three months as a deflected shot from Joe Lolley settled the game. And it meant that it was the team that started the day in fourth rather than the one that started in fifth that was able to pick up the three points.

It was a largely forgettable game settled by a goal that will only be cherished for its importance, not its quality. With it coming early on, Forest were able to sit back, defend deep – and very well, and invite Brentford to break them down. That was something The Bees were unable to do, and the visitors got over the line.

There was a frenetic start to the game. Brentford tried to get forward with a large quantity of players and at high pace from the first whistle while Forest looked to counter-attack whenever they could turn the ball over. The visitors sat in with a deep defence but had pace in attack and were happy to commit players in behind Brentford when they could.

The early stages were generally played in Forest territory, but Brentford were unable to create anything of note. Goalkeeper Brice Samba held on to one cross from Bryan Mbeumo that could have posed his defence a problem and Rico Henry sliced a shot wide from 15 yards when the ball dropped loose in the box. And while The Bees might have felt they had the initiative, it was Forest that struck first with the goal that proved to be the winner.

They won a corner when Sammy Ameobi worked his way free from Henry and saw a shot deflected wide by Ethan Pinnock. The first was cleared but when the second came in, it dropped on the edge of the penalty area to Lolley. The Forest man had time to set himself and his shot deflected in to the net. Julian Jeanvier was the first Brentford defender to react and got out to Lolley, but his touch took it past Raya and put Forest ahead.

With something to hold on to, Forest were content to take the sting out of the game. They tried to slow it down when they could and kill any momentum Brentford tried to build. Referee Tim Robinson was unimpressed and cautioned Samba for time wasting inside the first 25 minutes, but many other occasions went unpunished and Forest were mostly comfortable through the first half.

But even with a fine defensive display from the visitors, Brentford should have been level by the break. They had a great chance when Mbeumo beat Yuri Ribeiro in a race and was able to release Watkins on the edge of the penalty area. Watkins worked his way free of the covering defenders but dragged a shot wide from 18 yards rather than releasing Saïd Benrahma to his left, who would only have had Samba to beat.

Samba saved from Benrahma after a one-two with Watkins and the same man saw a shot deflect wide when a free kick dropped loose later in the half. Mbeumo saw a shot blocked and Christian Nørgaard failed to convert from 15 yards when he arrived to meet a Jensen cross with the goal at his mercy. Ameobi dragged a shot wide for the visitors late in the half but they were in defensive mode for most of the first period.

Watkins hooked an effort wide late in the half for The Bees while Henry also had a shot blocked for a team that failed to put together the incisive attacking play required, particularly in the final third. And they couldn’t open Forest up in the early stages of the second half either. There was lots of possession for The Bees, and lots in attacking areas, but they often played in front of the visitors and chances were not clear-cut.

A Benrahma shot flew across the face of the goal and a Josh Dasilva effort from a half-cleared corner was blocked before Pinnock headed a deep cross wide. Benrahma saw another shot blocked and Mbeumo failed to connect with a Henry cross. There were two more good openings in quick succession but both Benrahma, from a Mathias Jensen cross, and Mbeumo, when Dasilva delivered after the ball had been recycled, failed to make a clean connection when 12 yards out. Both would have been firing through a crowd of players but could not get their feet in the right order to test the Forest defence.

The slow nature of the game was helping Forest. They were able to pack men in behind the ball and Brentford were not moving it quickly enough to pull them out of position. The visitors were also able to counter-attack and arguably had the better chances in the early stages of the second half. The best came just after half time when a corner was cleared and then knocked back in to Lewis Grabban ten yards out, but he failed to beat Raya when he really should have done.

Lolley had a shot blocked for the visitors and the delivered a great cross from the left after a superb run that Grabban headed wide when well-positioned. Ameobi pulled a shot wide and a vicious effort from Lolley bent off target as Forest showed signs of looking for the second goal that would have sealed the game. A low free kick from Tiago Silva was then deflected just past his own post by Pinnock.

Emiliano Marcondes was introduced in the later stage as Brentford chased an equaliser and he upped the energy in the centre of the field. He also tested Samba with a dipping free kick that was tipped over the bar. A low Henry shot was saved as Brentford pressed but time ran out and Forest had the win.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jeanvier, Pinnock, Henry; Dasilva, Nørgaard, Jensen (sub Marcondes 74 mins); Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Roerslev, Racic, Yearwood, Valencia, Dervişoğlu

Bookings: Benrahma (39 mins) (third of season)

Nottingham Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Sow, Watson; Ameobi (sub Adomah 90 mins), Lolley (sub Diakhaby 76 mins), Silva; Grabban (sub Yates 90 mins)

Subs (not used): Smith, Jenkinson, Semedo, Dawson

Bookings: Samba (23 mins)

Attendance: 12,274 (1,642 away fans)

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Ticket News

Few tickets remain

It’s not too late to purchase tickets for tonight’s game

28 January 2020

It’s a big match under the lights this evening as we face Nottingham Forest and it’s a crucial game in the promotion chase. Your vocal support could make a difference tonight as the away stand is sold out. The home areas will also be packed and the last few tickets are only available to previous ticket purchasers. Avoid queueing at the Ticket Office and Collection later, book your tickets online and print them at home.

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With the Ticket Exchange open, tickets on the Ealing Road Terrace are now available, buy yours here. Please note: tickets are only available at Adult rates, to previous ticket purchasers and adult membership discount will not be applied. Season Ticket Holders who can’t make it can now return their tickets by login to their account here.  Find out more information in our Ticket Exchange how to guide here.

On sale dates

  • Club Members: Tuesday 12 November, 4pm (one per person)
    Please note: Members need to login to their ticketing account to get their membership discount and priority access. Read more here. Members are now able to upload their own Match Ticket to their Brentford Card and additional tickets will be issued as ‘Print at Home’. Read more here.
  • Season Ticket Holders: Thursday 14 November, 4pm (three per person)
  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 14 November, 4pm (three per person)
  • General Sale: Monday 18 November, 4pm (four per person)

Buy online now

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 28 22 20 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

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
  • The Box Office will be closed to supporters attending in person Monday-Wednesday when there is no midweek fixture
  • Full opening times can be seen here
  • 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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