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Match Preview: Huddersfield Town vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tomorrow's trip to The John Smith's Stadium

17 January 2020

We head to West Yorkshire on Saturday looking to consolidate third place in the Sky Bet ChampionshIp and keep the pressure on the top two. Below you will find all the info ahead of our game with The Terriers.

HEAD TO HEAD

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THE OPPOSITION

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Until their recent stumble, which has seen them lose three of their last four in the Sky Bet Championship, Huddersfield Town looked to be leaving their early season relegation troubles behind them under the Cowley brothers. 

A disastrous start to the campaign, first under Jan Siewert and then interim boss Mark Hudson, saw The Terriers take just a solitary point from their opening eight league matches. Things began to improve in late September with a run of seven unbeaten which culminated in their 1-0 victory at Griffin Park. 

At that stage, Town sat 18th, four points outside the drop zone but they haven't been able to break clear of the relegation battle since then. Aside from a spell of ten points from five games over Christmas, The Cowleys have overseen just two points from the other seven, losing to relegation rivals Stoke City and Barnsley in their last two league outings. 

Huddersfield's home form has stood up to scrutiny with only Stoke and Leeds United coming away from The John Smith's Stadium with all three points since September.

THE MANAGER

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Danny Cowley took his first managerial role with Concord Rangers aged 29, after a non-league playing career was cut short by injury. His seven years in charge saw three promotions, from the Essex Senior League to the National League South, and a visit to the First Round Proper of the FA Cup. 

In the summer of 2015, Cowley and his brother Nicky, who had been his assistant at The Beach Boys, joined Braintree Town, leading them to the National League Play-Offs 12 months later. The pair were on the move again that summer, this time to Lincoln City. It was at Sincil Bank that they began to hit the national conscience.

Their first season in charge ended with promotion back into the EFL and a run to the Quarter-Final of the FA Cup, becoming the first non-league side to reach the last eight in more than a century. The following campaign, Lincoln won the EFL Trophy at Wembley, as well as reaching the Play-Offs, before earning promotion to League One as Champions last term. 

When he departed, Danny had a 53 per cent win record as Lincoln boss, the best in The Imps 127-year history.  

TEAM NEWS

Long-term absentees Sergi Canos and Nikos Karelis, both knee, are out for tomorrow's game, as is Marcus Forss who returned from his loan spell with AFC Wimbledon due to a hamstring injury.

For Huddersfield, Richard Stearman, Emile Smith-Rowe, and Andy King could all make their debuts after arriving this week. Defender Tommy Elphick (knee), midfielder Alex Pritchard (knee) and forward Collin Quaner (hip) will all be assessed after missing last week’s defeat at Barnsley. Midfielder Jonathan Hogg misses out again as he will serve the final game of his two-match ban while Terence Kongolo joined Fulham on loan on Thursday.

THOMAS' PRE-MATCH THOUGHTS

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

🆚 Hot off the Press: Go inside the Huddersfield camp with Steven Chicken

⚖ Oliver Langford takes charge of tomorrow's encounter

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

Join us in West Yorkshire on Saturday, with tickets on sale from the turnstiles pre-match

Block Adults
(18-59)
Seniors
(60+)
Juniors
(U18)
A06 £30 £20 £15
A05 £30 £20 £15

 

HOW TO FOLLOW

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm with Mark Burridge and Mick Cabble. 

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Match Reports

Huddersfield Town 0 Brentford 0

Your Huddersfield Town v Brentford match report, powered by Utilita

18 January 2020

Brentford and Huddersfield Town shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw of few chances and little penalty area action. The Bees came closest to winning the game as Josh Dasilva hit the post late on while Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant also missed a golden chance for his team in a second half that was better than the one which preceded it. But neither team really did enough to take the points and a 0-0 draw felt like the right result.

Brentford dominated long periods of the game without ever quite creating the clear-cut opening they needed. Huddersfield defended well throughout and looked capable of scoring when they opened the game up for a spell in the second period but seemed content to take a point from the contest. And they did just that.

There was little action in either penalty area in the first quarter of the contest and while Brentford had the better of it, they didn’t really look like breaking through. There were shots on goal – a low effort from Saïd Benrahma may have been a bigger test for Kamil Grabara than it turned out to be – but neither goalkeeper was unduly worried. Ethan Pinnock headed a corner over and Dasilva lifted a free kick well over the bar as The Bees had control of the contest without making the incisive move to open the hosts up.

Huddersfield were content to sit deep in the early stages. They were happy to let Brentford have the ball and looked to keep the game condensed in the centre of the pitch. The Bees were able to play in and out of midfield and get Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo involved in the game but could not get their key attacking outlets linking in the final third. They also wasted some early set pieces with delivery that did not worry the hosts.

Brentford were able to create space when they switched the ball quickly and could have taken the lead from one such move. Henrik Dalsgaard switched the play from right back to left wing and Benrahma found space, his ball in the box found Kamohelo Mokotjo and he fed Ollie Watkins, but the shot deflected over the bar. Benrahma then had a shot blocked after a run in from the left and an exchange of passes with Mbeumo.

Mbeumo then shot wide after a run in from the right as The Bees continued to hold the upper hand without breaking through. They had more of the ball in attacking positions than the home side, who were annoying their supporters with their lack of ambition, but did not create the key chance. The game was being played at the pace Huddersfield wanted and that enabled them to sit in and try to defend their penalty area.

That tactic mostly worked for the hosts as they got to half time 0-0. There were, however, more openings for The Bees in the later stages of the half. Grabara saved a curling shot from Benrahma after he played a long one-two with Mbeumo. And Benrahma went closer later in the half when Mokotjo backheeled a return pass and he fizzed a shot just over the bar.

The home side had been looking to attack down the right in the first period, looking to isolate Fraizer Campbell on Rico Henry. It was largely unsuccessful but the Huddersfield man did win a corner in the dying seconds of the first half, Grant delivered it and a Trevor Chalobah header landed on the roof of the net. That was the only attempt on goal of any type that Huddersfield managed before the break, but they had defended well enough to keep the game all square to that point.

And the hosts had more attacking intent immediately after the re-start. Chalobah was able to get on the ball more and the home side as a whole started to look forward rather than backwards. Chalobah had a shot deflected wide and David Raya had to get down well to save a deflected cross from Grant that almost sneaked inside his near post. Chalobah and Grant linked again soon after, but the latter was unable to control a clever pass from the former and the ball ran through to Raya.

The game had completely turned around at the break and Huddersfield now looked like the team most likely to get the first goal. They had upped the tempo dramatically and Brentford were forced back. The Bees were being outmanoeuvred in midfield and their defence was working overtime to keep the home side at bay.

But The Bees were also grateful for some missed chances from the hosts. The best came when Emile Smith Rowe was able to find space on the right and delivered a ball in to the box, Julian Jeanvier did not know whether to clear or not – being inside his six-yard box and facing his own goal – and let the ball run, Grant arrived but blasted over from 12 yards. That was a major let off for Brentford and Raya saved from Smith Rowe soon after before an Elias Kachunga header was blocked.

The second half was certainly providing far more entertainment than the first and both teams looked to attack as the game opened up. Smith Rowe lined up a shot when a corner was half cleared but saw it deflect wide while Benrahma got on to a Dasilva pass, after the midfield man had battled away in to space in the centre of the park, and curled a shot well over. A Benrahma cross just eluded Watkins soon after and the cross-cum-shot from Dasilva, when the ball dropped loose, floated in to the arms of Grabara.

A frantic opening to the second half gave way to a more controlled game as the minutes ticked down. Huddersfield were sitting a little deeper and Brentford dominated the ball, without being able to create the clear-cut chance to find a way through. The home side were also very good out of possession and gave The Bees few chances to expose defenders in one-on-one battles. They did present Brentford with a great chance when a poor Grabara pass gavethe ball to Watkins, he picked out Joel Valencia attacking the penalty area but the attempt to play the next pass to Benrahma was cut out.

Both teams made substitutions as time ran out and it was Brentford that had more intent in the final stages. And they could have won it. There was a clever exchange between Emiliano Marcondes and Benrahma that opened up space for Dasilva, he bent a shot past Grabara, but it hit the base of the post and bounced away. Watkins was waiting to pounce but the ball bounced away and that ensured the game ended all square.

Huddersfield Town: Grabara; Simpson, Schindler, Stearman, Toffolo; Chalobah, O’Brien; Kachunga (sub Hadergjonaj 70 mins), Smith Rowe (sub King 81 mins), Grant; Campbell (sub Bacuna 71 mins)

Subs (not used): Coleman, Mounié, Stanković, Brown

Bookings: Schindler (87 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jeanvier, Pinnock, Henry; Dasilva, Nørgaard, Mokotjo (sub Marcondes 76 mins); Mbeumo (sub Valencia 70 mins), Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Roerslev, Thompson, Žambůrek, Dervişoğlu

Attendance: 20,824 (567 Bees fans)

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Ticket News

Todays tickets available at Huddersfield

Tickets for our away fixture at The Johns Smith’s Stadium are available on the turnstiles

18 January 2020

The Bees face Huddersfield Town at The John Smith’s Stadium today and it is not too late to purchase your tickets for this important match. Follow Thomas and the boys up to West Yorkshire as they try to emulate their emphatic 4-0 away win on New Year’s Day against Bristol City. Tickets will available from the cash turnstiles at the away end.

PRICES

Block Adults
(18-59)
Seniors
(60+)
Juniors
(U18)
A06 £30 £20 £15
A05 £30 £20 £15

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant price class and can be issued with a free Personal Assistant ticket.

MATCHDAY INFO

Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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