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Match Preview: Brentford v Stoke City

All the details ahead of tomorrow's Emirates FA Cup fixture

3 January 2020

We will look to build on a strong start to 2020 when we turn our attentions to Emirates FA Cup action on Saturday as we welcome Stoke City to Griffin Park.

The match will kick-off at 3:01pm to encourage supporters to ‘Take A Minute’ to think about looking after their mental health. This is a campaign which will be implemented across all FA Cup matches and it is hoped that it will raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health.

The Opposition

Stoke will take a break from league action where they occupy 21st place in the SkyBet Championship as they sit one point above the relegation zone. They come into the game off the back of an impressive 5-2 win away from home at Huddersfield Town where they netted four second-half goals.

Stoke went into the 2019/20 season with Nathan Jones in charge but made a managerial change in November as they brought in Michael O’Neill. His first game in charge saw him pick up all three points over Barnsley back in early November.

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A tough beginning to the season saw them fail to win a league match until 5 October when they beat Swansea City away from home before making it back-to-back wins with victory over Fulham. Another tough run then preceded the departure of Jones, and with O’Neill’s arrival results have been mixed so far.

Pre-Match facts

  • Stoke City have won two of their last five matches
  • We are yet to taste defeat against Stoke since May 2002- drawing twice and winning once
  • The Bees have not been beaten at Griffin Park since early November's 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield

The Manager

Currently managing both Northern Ireland as well as The Potters, Michael O’Neill had an impressive playing career which saw him begin with Coleraine before moving on to Newcastle United. A couple of years there would then see him go on to turn out for the likes of Dundee United and Hibernian before returning to England to link up with Coventry City. Wigan Athletic, St Johnstone and a spell with Portland Timbers would follow before he rounded off his playing days with well over 400 appearances to his name.

He then moved into management with Brechin City before making a name for himself with Shamrock Rovers where he made history by being the first manager of a League of Ireland team to guide his side to European competition. His impressive management record in a successful stint with Shamrock then ensured that he caught the eye of the Northern Ireland national team as he took charge in 2011. His stock continued to rise as he guided the nation to its first ever European Championship in France in 2016 of which he guided the team out of the group phase successfully before they bowed out against Wales. O’Neill then took the role at Stoke but is continuing in his role with Northern Ireland for the remainder of their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Team News

With a break in league action, both sides could well make changes to their starting line-ups off the back of a busy Christmas schedule. The Bees are still without long-term absentees Sergi Canos and Nikos Karelis.

As for the away side, Peter Etebo could well still be missing through injury, whilst Ryan Shawcross could well step up his return from injury with some game time.

Pre-match build up

Hot off the press: Martin Spinks of Stoke on Trent Live previews our Emirates FA Cup opponents

Ref Watch: Keith Stroud to take charge of match at Griffin Park

Last Meeting:

Ticket info:

This is our last Emirates FA Cup campaign at Griffin Park so every game could be the last one ever in our old ground. Be there for this historic game – cheapest tickets are only £10 for Adults and £5 for Juniors.

All prices exclude booking fees:

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No booking fees for online purchases at tickets.brentfordfc.com
No booking fees apply when buying in person from the Ticket Office
Paper ticket fixture only - no Brentford Cards will be accepted

IFollow

With the match an Emirates FA Cup fixture, live footage will not be available via IFollow, but you can tune in to audio coverage courtesy of Mark Burridge and Marcus Gayle.

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 1 Stoke City 0

Your Brentford v Stoke City match report, powered by Utilita

4 January 2020

Brentford booked their place in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Griffin Park. Emiliano Marcondes scored the only goal of the game, putting a free kick in to the top corner from a tight angle late in the first half. And with The Bees producing a resolute defensive display, that was enough to get them the win.

It was not a game that will live long in the memory with both teams making many changes after playing four Sky Bet Championship games in 11 days over Christmas. There were signs of those alterations but the one moment of quality came from The Bees, who took the lead just before the interval and never really looked like losing it. With the home defence performing superbly, Brentford got the win and a place in the last 32 of the competition.

Stoke were the quicker of the two teams to settle. They had more experience in their line-up and included three attackers with lots of Championship football under their belts. That trio linked well in the opening stages and the visitors spent the first 15 minutes on the front foot, albeit the game was being played at a sedate pace.

Luca Racic, playing on the right side of Brentford’s back three, got back to make a recovery tackle when Lee Gregory got in to space inside the first three minutes and the resulting corner dropped to Tom Edwards, but he sliced a shot wide. Racic made another interception when Gregory looked set to meet a Tom Ince cross and Tyrese Campbell lashed well over for the visitors. The closest either team came to scoring in the first quarter of the contest was when Campbell kept a long ball in play by the corner flag and fed Edwards, his low cross just eluded Gregory inside the six-yard box.

By the time the first half reached the midway point, it was a more even contest. Brentford were starting to find space to play in midfield with Dru Yearwood able to bring wing backs Mads Roerslev and Dominic Thompson in to the game. The Bees were doing their best to make light of having a player less in the central midfield area and had a chance to edge ahead when Roerslev charged down the right, he found Joel Valencia and his pass deflected in to the path of Thompson, but the left wing back lashed wide from 22 yards.

A Nick Powell shot deflected wide at the other end, but Brentford were starting to take a measure of control of the game. The Bees were not able to create lots of chances, but they were getting on top territorially and snuffing out what Stoke had to offer. And by the time Marcondes put them in front just before the interval, it may have been just about deserved.

Brentford ended the half strongly and a decent move ended with Yearwood feeding Halil Dervişoğlu, he found Marcondes with a pass but the shot was blocked. The Bees did, however, press Stoke back and won a free kick when Campbell had a horrible hack at Thompson on the left flank. Campbell was cautioned by referee Keith Stroud and Marcondes stepped up. He let fly with a free kick that dipped over goalkeeper Adam Davies and ended up in the top corner. The first goal of Marcondes’ Brentford career was one to savour and gave Brentford a half time lead.

Stoke started the second half as brightly as they had started the first and went hunting a leveller, without really creating anything to trouble Luke Daniels. Racic blocked a shot from Campbell before Powell found some space but his shot was weak and easily saved by Daniels. Campbell drilled a ball across the six-yard box that no-one could tap in and then fired in an effort that hit Gregory and bounced in to the arms of Daniels.

Another Campbell cross just eluded both Gregory and Ince as Stoke pressed. Brentford were holding a good defensive shape and looking to counter-attack when they could with Yearwood attempting to release Thompson and, in particular, Roerslev on the flanks. The Bees almost opened Stoke up with a quick free kick, but Liam Lindsay stopped Dervişoğlu converting a cross from Jan Žambůrek. A clever turn from Dervişoğlu then released Yearwood in to space but he lashed well over the bar when a return pass may have been the better option.

There was a better chance for Yearwood in amusing circumstances later in the half. Ryan Woods was heading back towards his own goal with the ball when he bumped in to Mr Stroud and Yearwood was able to pick up possession. He burst in to the hole left by Woods and got in to the box before firing over. A goal would have been controversial, but Yearwood should have at least tested Davies after breaking free.

Dervişoğlu then fired just over after a superb turn on the edge of the penalty area while Powell missed from distance at the other end. Stoke made a pair of attacking substitutions as they chased an equaliser and Thibaud Verlinden, one of those introduced, cut inside before shooting wide. He was well-placed again to pick up a half-cleared corner later in proceedings but again wasted the chance, firing over the bar.

A Campbell shot was well blocked by Racic, allowing Daniels to gather, and as the game entered the final stages, it began to get more stretched. Julien Ngoy, the third Stoke substitute, almost created an equaliser with a run down the right but Sam Vokes could not convert and Roerslev cleared as Verlinden arrived late. Powell headed a corner over and Vokes missed the target after chesting down an Edwards pass.

Daniels saved another Vokes header as the minutes ticked down and Ngoy nearly levelled at the death as he burst in to the box but Ethan Pinnock, a colossus in the centre of Brentford’s defence, made the block. Davies had to save to prevent Marcondes doubling his own personal tally, and his team’s, in the closing minutes and there was still time for Frederik Hammar, the latest Brentford B player to make a First Team debut, to lash a shot over the bar. A second goal would have cured any late nerves, but it was not required for Brentford to progress.

Brentford: Daniels; Racic, Pinnock, Sørensen; Roerslev, Yearwood, Marcondes, Thompson (sub Oksanen 86 mins); Valencia, Dervişoğlu (sub Dasilva 80 mins), Žambůrek (sub Hammar 80 mins)

Subs (not used): Gunnarsson, Larsen, Jensen, Mbeumo

Bookings: Thompson (69 mins), Daniels (89 mins)

Stoke City: Davies; Edwards, Lindsay, Collins, Martins Indi; Woods, Cousins (sub Ngoy 81 mins); Campbell, Powell, Ince (sub Verlinden 71 mins); Gregory (sub Vokes 63 mins)

Subs (not used): Federici, Ward, Smith, Sørensen

Bookings: Campbell (43 mins)

Attendance: 7,575 (935 away fans)

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Ticket News

Jump the queue – buy online

Save time – tickets for this afternoon’s game are still available online so buy yours now and print it at home

4 January 2020

This afternoon, The Bees kick off our historic last Emirates FA Cup campaign at Griffin Park when we welcome Stoke City to TW8. Cheapest tickets are only £10 for Adults and £5 for Juniors so save time, buy your online and print it at home to avoid queueing at the Ticket Office and Collection later.

Buy your tickets

There will be no tickets loaded onto any Brentford Cards. All Season Ticket Holders and Club Members tickets will be paper tickets only. No cards will be active for this fixture.

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders: Tuesday 10 December, 4pm (four per person)
    Season Ticket Holders' seats will be reserved until Friday 20 December at 4pm.
  • Club Members: Thursday 12 December, 4pm (four per person)
  • General Sale: Monday 16 December, 4pm (four per person)

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

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

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PRICES

Blocks Adults Seniors Juniors
Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)
15 10 5
Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)
15 10 5
New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
15 10 5
New Road Stand
(All other blocks)
15 10 5
Ealing Road Terrace 10 10 5

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
  • Paper ticket fixture only - no Brentford Cards will be accepted

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-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Booking fees apply for purchasing over the phone - £2.50 Booking fee and £1 postage.
  • In person from the Ticket Office, Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
  • Group bookings can be made here
  • Disabled fans by phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

MATCHDAY INFO

Supporters with Junior 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)
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August)

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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