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Match Preview: Reading

All the info ahead of tomorrow's home game against The Royals

22 November 2019

Football returns to Griffin Park after three weeks away with Reading making the short journey down the M4 tomorrow. The Royals head to West London on the back of three wins in four while we are looking for a fifth win in six. All the information ahead of the game can be found below.

MATCH FACTS

  • We are unbeaten in three home league matches against Reading since a 3-1 defeat in August 2015 under Marinus Dijkhuizen.
  • Reading midfielder John Swift has created 50 chances in the Championship this season - 13 more than any other player. He has also registered six assists, the same as Niclas Eliasson and Matheus Pereira.
  • We have won more Championship points in our past five games (12) than any other side in the division.
  • Reading manager Mark Bowen has won 10 points in his four league games in charge - two more than they won in their first 11 matches of the season (8)

THE OPPOSITION

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Optimism in Berkshire was in short supply over the summer as Reading got set to begin their seventh straight season in the second tier. Back-to-back 20th-placed finishes didn't promise much and a run of just two wins in 11 to open the season did little to lift the mood either. 

However, since former Sporting Director Mark Bowen replaced Jose Gomes in October, The Royals have reeled off three wins in four, including one over Preston North End, to climb away from the relegation places. 

The Royals have struggled for goals this term but, when they have come, former Brentford loanee John Swift (pictured above) or Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria have tended to be involved. Swift has two goals and six Championship assists to his name while the electric Ejaria has contributed three goals and two assists. 

THE MANAGER

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It would be fair to say that Mark Bowen's appointment didn't go down well initially with Reading fans. Appointed as The Royals' Sporting Director in August, he was the man who led the search to replace Jose Gomes and eventually came to the conclusion that if you want a job done properly, do it yourself. 

A left-back with Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, for whom he made 399 appearances, and Charlton Athletic among others, the former Welsh International retired in 2000. His coaching career began with The Royals and took in stops at Crystal Palace and Birmingham City alongside Steve Bruce before he joined Mark Hughes' coaching staff with the Welsh National Team. Bowen was a loyal assistant to Hughes at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City, and Southampton before branching out to become Reading's technical advisor in March of this year. 

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank has a number of injuries and suspensions to contend with ahead of tomorrow's game. Joel Valencia is set to miss a number of weeks with a shoulder-injury, joining Sergi Canos, Nikos Karelis, and Josh Clarke on the injury table. Christian Norgaard serves his one game suspension for five bookings while Julian Jeanvier begins his three game ban following dismissal at Wigan Athletic. Said Benrahma missed that trip to The DW Stadium but is in contention for a return on Saturday. 

For Reading, Lucas Boye is back in contention but Lucas Joao and Jordan Obita are set to miss out.

THOMAS FRANK'S PRE-MATCH THOUGHTS

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 Jonathan Low of Berkshire Live previews The Royals

David Coote will be the man in charge on Saturday

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

We're well on course for our highest attendance of the season on Saturday and our Ticket Exchange is now open. Season Ticket Holders who can’t make it this weekend can now return their tickets here. 

With the ticket exchange open, tickets on the Ealing Road Terrace are now available here

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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Reading 0

Your Brentford v Reading match report, powered by Utilita

23 November 2019

Ollie Watkins scored the only goal as Brentford made it five wins in six by beating Reading 1-0 at Griffin Park. The striker headed home his 11th of the season just past the hour mark to settle an even contest, albeit one that Brentford deserved to win. The Bees had to wait for their opening and Reading had their chances but on the balance of the game, the home side deserved to add to a winning run that has seen them beat Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City and Millwall while only losing to Huddersfield Town.

The Bees had to work hard for their win, defending resolutely at times, but they created the better chances and dominated possession and territory. Goalkeeper David Raya was forced in to one fine save but Rafael, at the other end, was by far the busier of the two custodians and The Bees pushed Reading back. They could have scored more the one they got but that was all they needed to take the points.

There was no real pattern to the game in the early stages, not helped by a lengthy stoppage after Rico Henry was fouled in the air by Andy Yiadom. A yellow card and plenty of treatment inside the first five minutes prevented either team finding early rhythm and with Henry off the pitch for at least two minutes after the game resumed, Brentford were content to play slowly. Reading started with a relatively deep back five and their lack of ambition when the hosts were a man short was a sign of their game plan.

The visitors tried to keep a tight, narrow formation. Their three central defenders were compact, as were their midfield players, but they also attempted to get their front five high up the pitch, stopping Brentford playing out but giving space between the lines if they could get through. Reading did look to counter-attack but were mostly slow to build from the back when they had the ball, failed to use their attacking possession effectively in the early stages and The Bees started to take control.

The hosts almost took the lead when a poor Michael Morrison pass allowed Watkins to challenge Rafael, the Brentford man made the tackle and the ball bounced narrowly wide. Saïd Benrahma then lashed across the face of goal when a cross was half cleared and the Algerian attacker put Watkins in space soon after, but the shot was delayed as Reading defenders recovered and the tackle was made. Bryan Mbeumo was also waiting for a pass, but Watkins had time to shoot inside the area and should have taken it.

The temperature on the pitch started to rise as the game reached the half hour mark. John Swift was cautioned for a foul on Watkins and Yiadom was perhaps fortunate to escape without a second yellow card for a foul on Henry moments after a trip on Benrahma. Referee David Coote allowed Henry to deliver a cross-cum-shot after the first foul that Rafael saved low and issued a final warning to Yiadom soon after when many officials would have dismissed the right back for scissoring around the legs of the Brentford man.

Moments later Yiadom played the pass that put George Puşcaş through with only Raya to beat. The Reading striker looked well offside but was allowed to go on. He was, however, unable to round Raya and the chance disappeared. Yiadom also lashed wide as half time approached after he intercepted a kick from Raya.

Although Reading – and Puşcaş – probably had the best chance of the first half, Brentford had more of them. A deflected shot from Mbeumo was pushed around the post by Rafael and there was a breakaway from a Reading corner late in the half that could have ended in a goal. Watkins released Benrahma and the ball was worked on to Mbeumo, but he shot from 22 yards rather than going on or making the final pass and fired wide.

A corner from the visitors in first half stoppage time hit Ovie Ejaria and bounced wide as the opening period ended goalless but not incident-free. The Bees would probably have been slightly the happier at half time but would have been looking to increase the tempo, particularly in the final third. They would also have been wary of the Reading threat on the break.

The second half was, indeed, played at higher speed than the first. Reading sensed there may be opportunities for them if they put together extended spells of attacking play, but they were mostly forced back by an improved Brentford. Josh Dasilva and Mathias Jensen were higher up the pitch and often slightly wider, which gave Benrahma, Mbeumo and Watkins different areas to play in. Rafael saved a Benrahma free kick and a free kick dropped loose in the box, but Ethan Pinnock was crowded out as he tried to pounce.

A shot from Yiadom deflected wide after a corner was half cleared and after the visitors pushed Brentford back, Ejaria almost opened the door. The midfield man weaved in from the left and beat three men before attacking the six-yard box but there was no way past Pontus Jansson and the ball was eventually scrambled away. But it was Brentford that had the momentum and they pressed forward, able to find more space as Reading’s intensity dropped and their midfield was unable to track back.

A Dasilva cross was scrambled away after he burst away on the right and when Henry delivered a fine ball from the right, Watkins sliced his shot. Benrahma had a shot blocked soon after and just past the hour mark, the pressure told. Brentford had been building momentum, pushing Reading back and probing for an opening. Space was eventual made for Jensen to deliver a cross, Watkins met it with a powerful header and nodded past Rafael and in to the bottom corner from eight yards.

Brentford had been threatening to break the deadlock for most of the second period and just kept moving the ball until the space opened up. Reading had replaced both strikers in the first 15 minutes of the second half and bolstered their midfield but were showing signs of tiredness and Brentford went in for the kill. Jensen was crowded out in the penalty area after a delightful Jansson pass and some tricky from Benrahma opened up the visitors. There was then a great save by Rafael, denying Watkins from point-blank range after Dasilva had once again isolated Omar Richards and left him in his wake.

Ejaria shot over for Reading when a corner was half cleared and dropped loose and Gareth McCleary then got on to a Yiadom lay off after great work by Swift, but he pulled a shot across the face of goal. Reading were trying to find a way back in to the game but by committing men forward, they left space for The Bees. Mbeumo and Dasilva on the right, in particular, were finding the room to run at Reading and Brentford should have got a second goal.

Kamohelo Mokotjo had a shot blocked after a long spell of pressure and some desperate Reading defending. Mbeumo then sliced a shot well wide after getting on to a quick throw from Henrik Dalsgaard and Watkins had an effort blocked. Mbeumo looked set to score when Watkins sent him away, but Richards got back to make a superb tackle and Jansson’s header from the resulting corner was saved.

Substitute Jan Žambůrek had a shot blocked after wriggling in to the penalty area but there were some late nerves for The Bees. A long throw caused some consternation in the home defence and it took some brave blocks and a fine clearance, eventually, from Dalsgaard to keep Reading out. And in the dying seconds, Raya came to gather when a free kick was headed on. But gather he did, and he clutched three points as well as the ball.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Jensen, Mokotjo, Dasilva (sub Oksanen 90 mins); Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma (sub Žambůrek 81 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Thompson, Sørensen, Roerslev, Racic

Bookings: Jansson (9 mins) (second of season), Dasilva (78 mins), Jensen (82 mins) (second of season)

Reading: Rafael; Yiadom, Miazga, Morrison, Moore, Richards; Rinomhota (sub Boyé 71 mins), Swift; Ejaria; Baldock (sub Méïté 50 mins), Puşcaş (sub McCleary 59 mins)

Subs (not used): Walker, Gunter, Blackett, Pelé

Bookings: Yiadom (4 mins), Swift (29 mins),

Attendance: 11,892 (1,659 away fans)

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Ticket News

Tickets for today’s game still available

Don’t wait in line, buy your tickets online

23 November 2019

It’s matchday and The Bees face The Royals at Griffin Park this afternoon. To jump the queue at the Box Office and ticket collection today, simply purchase your tickets online and print them at home.

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  • Club Members additional tickets: Thursday 12 September, 4pm (three per person)
  • General Sale: Monday 16 September, 4pm (four per person)

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Matchday prices

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand
(B300, B301, B305)
30 24 22 8
Braemar Road Stand
(All other blocks)
35 29 27 8
New Road Stand
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
30 24 22 8
New Road Stand
(All other blocks)
35 29 27 8
Ealing Road Terrace 30 24 22 8

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

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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.

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