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05 July 2019 Venue Cherry Red Records Stadium Attendance

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AFC Wimbledon
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Match Previews

Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon vs Brentford

All the details ahead of tonight's pre-season opener

5 July 2019

The new Sky Bet Championship season is just 29 days away as Thomas Frank's side play their first pre-season fixture tonight against Sky Bet League One side AFC Wimbledon. Below you will find all the match details ahead of our trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

AFC Wimbledon vs Brentford

Cherry Red Records Stadium, Kick-off 7.45pm

THE OPPOSITION

Under former Brentford manager Wally Downes, The Dons put together a remarkable run of form to preserve their Sky Bet League One status on the final day of last season. Marooned at one stage ten points from safety, a run of just one loss in 12 games ensured a fourth successive season in the third tier.

THE BOSS

A club legend during his days with the Wimbledon Crazy Gang, Downes made more than 200 league appearances for The Dons before stepping into coaching at Crystal Palace under Steve Coppell in the early late 1980s. He spent 12 years at Palace before heading to Griffin Park as assistant manager in 2000. When Steve Coppell left in 2002, Downes was handed the top job. He guided a young Brentford side to 16th during his first season but was sacked in March 2004 with The Bees looking destined for relegation. Further coaching roles at Reading, Southampton, West Ham United, and Kerala Blasters followed before he was appointed Dons manager last December. 

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

It's Pay on the Day at Kingsmeadow tonight.

Brentford have been allocated 944 unreserved seats within the John Green Stand for the game:

Adult £15
Concession (Over-65 and student with valid ID) £10 
Under-18 £4

Cash-only turnstiles will be open at 6.30pm.

TRAVEL INFO

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the largest of its kind in the world, is currently on so fans are advised to leave extra time when driving tonight.

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Match Reports

Match Report: AFC Wimbledon 0 Brentford 3

Bees begin pre-season campaign with convincing victory

5 July 2019

Goals from Marcus Forss, debutant Christian Norgaard and Ollie Watkins got Brentford’s pre-season campaign off to the perfect start with a 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Following an uneventful first period, the visitors dominated proceedings after the interval with Watkins a livewire in the final third.

Thomas Frank named a youthful side for The Bees’ first pre-season test with Jaakko Oksanen, Cole Dasilva and Ali Coote named in the starting XI. Ethan Pinnock was selected at the heart of a back three following his switch from Barnsley on Tuesday. Fellow new signing  Norgaard appeared after the interval in an entirely changed second-half side.

It was the hosts who worked the first opening with a minute on the clock; Paul Kalambayi glanced a header across the face of goal and narrowly over the crossbar following an in-swinging corner from Brentford’s right. Wimbledon threatened again in the tenth minute. Mitch Pinnock’s deep cross was received in the area by Kwesi Appiah who took a touch before firing wide from 15 yards.

The Bees registered their first effort midway through the half. A neat interchange between Romaine Sawyers and Coote freed Emiliano Marcondes on the edge of the area but Wimbledon ‘keeper Nathan Trott was equal to the Dane’s low drive.

Wimbledon were getting most of their joy from wide areas. Shortly before the half-hour mark, Pinnock’s looped cross into the middle was met by Adam Roscrow but the frontman’s header was wide of the mark.

Having favoured a 3-4-3 system during the first period, Thomas Frank switched to a 4-3-3 system after the break to accommodate a second set of players.

Pinnock and Appiah combined again seven minutes after the restart - the latter nodding wide of Patrik Gunnarsson’s right post.

Brentford made the breakthrough on 56 minutes and it was all down to the persistence of  Forss. The young Finn hustled and harried Will Nightingale, latching on to a poor header before cutting back inside the centre-half and firing home at the near post. The man who scored The Bees’ final goal of the 2018/19 campaign against Preston North End had opened their account for 2019/20.

Wimbledon sub ‘keeper Nik Tzanev was tested twice in quick succession as The Bees went in search of a second, first palming Josh Dasilva’s well-struck effort around the post for a corner and then denying Ollie Watkins with an excellent save low to his right. Watkins then fizzed a left-footed drive just over the crossbar.

Thomas Frank’s side netted a second goal on 76 minutes and it was no more than they deserved, Christian Norgaard marking his debut by turning home at the back post following a flick-on from Forss.

Watkins got in on the act seven minutes later, skipping past his marker and sliding past Tzanev to round off a slick Bees move.

 

AFC Wimbledon: Trott, Nightingale, Thomas, Wagstaff, Hartigan, Appiah, Roscrow, Pinnock, Stabana, Guiness-Walker, Kalambayi

AFC Wimbledon from 63 minutes: Tzanev, Collins, McDonald, Binnom-Williams, McLoughlin, Rudoni, Wood, Pigott, Macnab, Kaja, Osew, Assal  

 

Brentford first-half: Daniels, Dalsgaard, Field, Dasilva, Pinnock, Oksanen, Canos, Coote, Shaibu, Sawyers, Marcondes

Brentford second-half: Gunnarsson, Clarke, Henry, Racic, Norgaard, Dasilva, Carroll, Watkins, Forss, Zamburek, Hammar

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Ticket News

Pay on the night at AFC Wimbledon

Support The Bees at the Cherry Red Records Stadium next week

30 June 2019

Brentford fans attending the first pre-season friendly of the 2019/20 season build-up will be able to pay on the turnstiles. The Bees will face AFC Wimbledon next Friday, 5 July, in their opening friendly ahead of the new season. The game will kick-off at 7.45pm at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Under former Brentford manager Wally Downes, The Dons put together a remarkable run of form to preserve their Sky Bet League One status on the final day of the season. Marooned at one stage ten points from safety, a run of just one loss in 12 games ensured a fourth successive season in the third tier. It’s just under two years since we last met The Dons in South London; Romaine Sawyers, Ollie Watkins, and Justin Shaibu getting the goals in a 3-1 EFL Cup First Round victory in August 2017.

Brentford have been allocated 944 unreserved seats within the John Green Stand for the game next Friday.

Admission prices are as follows:
Adult £15
Concession (Over-65 and student with valid ID) £10
Under-18 £4

Cash-only turnstiles will be open at 6.30pm.

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