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Match Preview: Brentford vs Bristol City

All the details ahead of tonight's game against The Robins

2 October 2019

We return to TW8 tonight looking to build on Sunday's fine 3-1 win in the South Yorkshire rain. Below you will find all the info as we welcome Lee Johnson's in-form Bristol City to Griffin Park.

MATCH FACTS

  • We haven't lost consecutive home league matches against Bristol City since April 1986.
  • Bristol City have won only one of their past 10 league matches against us (W1 D3 L6), winning 1-0 at Griffin Park last season.
  • We have conceded just two goals in our past seven home league games (W4 D2 L1), keeping five clean sheets in the process.
  • Bristol City have scored a league-high 11 away goals in the Championship this season.

THE OPPOSITION

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Bristol is the largest city in England never to have seen Premier League football but The Robins, under Lee Johnson, have ambitions to pass on that mantle to Wakefield after an impressive start to the campaign. 

Last season, City took the Play-Off race down to the final day and they signalled their intent to go at least one better this time round with a host of summer acquisitions. Daniel Bentley arrived in the West Country after three years at Griffin Park and he was joined by Jay Dasilva, Tomas Kalas, Kasey Palmer [all Chelsea], Sammie Szmodics, Rene Gilmartin [both Colchester United], Han-Noah Massengo [Monaco], Ashley Williams [Everton], Tommy Rowe [Doncaster Rovers], and Adam Nagy [Bologna].

City started slowly, following up an opening day defeat at home to Leeds United with a pair of draws, but since then they've found stride. Johnson's side reeled off four wins from five before the international break and arrive at Griffin Park unbeaten in nine in all competitions and without an away loss since late April. On Saturday they shared six goals with Preston North End at Deepdale, their five away games this term seeing a Championship high 18 goals. 

THE MANAGER

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Following a challenging 2016/17 campaign which saw Bristol City battle against the drop, The Robins’ transformation over the past two campaigns has seen Lee Johnson’s stock on the rise. Johnson, who enjoyed a 472 game professional career in the lower leagues, is the Championship's second longest serving manager and has guided City to two top-half finishes and a League Cup semi-final in the past two seasons. 

The youngest boss in the Football League when he accepted the managerial position at Oldham Athletic in 2013, Lee Johnson’s good work at Boundary Park soon caught the attention of clubs higher up the pyramid.

It was Barnsley who made a move for him in February 2015, appointing the now-36-year-old as Head Coach to replace Danny Wilson. Johnson guided Barnsley away from the relegation zone, ultimately achieving a top-half finish in League One. His last game in charge of the Tykes saw them book a place at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. The team Johnson left behind went on to win at Wembley twice – getting their hands on the JPT, but also securing promotion via the League One Play-Offs.

TEAM NEWS

As was the case for the visit to Barnsley on Sunday, Thomas Frank has a fully-fit squad, barring the injured defensive pair of Mads Bech Sorensen and Luka Racic.

Bristol City are in the midst of an injury-crisis with Benik Afobe's ACL injury ending his season. Club record signing Tomas Kalas is likely to miss out tonight, as could midfielder Adam Nagy, while club captain Bailey Wright returned to the matchday squad on Saturday after seven weeks out. Jay Dasilva, Korey Smith, and Saikou Janneh are unlikely to see a football pitch again this year due to long-term injuries.  

THOMAS PRE-MATCH

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

🆚 Hot off the Press: Gregor MacGregor looks ahead to the action
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LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

Blocks Adults Seniors

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Persons

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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
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Match Reports

Brentford 1 Bristol City 1

Your Brentford v Bristol City match report, powered by Utilita

2 October 2019

A superb goal from Josh Dasilva was not enough to give Brentford a second win in three days and they had to settle for a share of the spoils against Bristol City. The Bees had worked hard to get themselves ahead and seemed set for a win to follow Sunday’s at Barnsley as they lead with only three minutes to go. But City grabbed a leveller against the run of play and earned a point in a 1-1 draw.

Brentford will feel hard done by, having dominated most of an entertaining contest and taken the lead through Dasilva. They had the better of the chances and Daniel Bentley, returning to Griffin Park, after leaving for City in the summer, was the busier goalkeeper. But Andreas Weimann snuck between Brentford’s central defenders to head home for the visitors and give them a point.

There was a bright start to the contest on an autumnal Griffin Park evening. The teams set up in very different fashions with City’s 5-3-2 allowing them to get men in to attacking areas while having plenty of players behind the ball when Brentford had possession. Dasilva, part of Brentford’s midfield three, was able to find the most space in the opening exchanges, playing in the inside left channel and The Bees had the better chances in the first 20 minutes.

The closest either team came to scoring in the first quarter was when Sergi Canós picked up a half-cleared corner, he dribbled in to the penalty area and cut a ball back to Julian Jeanvier but Bentley made a smothering save. The next corner was played low and turned towards goal by Ollie Watkins but cleared inside the six-yard box. Bentley saved another effort from Watkins, this time deflected in to his arms, and held on to a low cross-cum-shot from Rico Henry as Brentford pressed.

Dasilva also had a shot blocked in a frantic opening that saw the game stretch as City tried to counter-attack at pace while defending deep. A deflected free kick from Josh Brownhill was saved at the other end and Kasey Palmer nearly opened the scoring in controversial circumstances. A strong challenge by the City attacker, one of many adjudged by referee Oliver Langford in an increasingly feisty first half hour to be fair when many thought otherwise, left Henrik Dalsgaard in a heap and Palmer had sight of goal from 22 yards but curled his shot wide.

Tommy Rowe saw an effort from a half-cleared corner scrambled away but most of the chances were coming at the other. City had an attacking threat, due to the way the game was being played, but Brentford were dominating possession and turning it in to openings. There was a great chance when Henry played a one-two with Kamohelo Mokotjo to set up a shooting chance from 20 yards, but he pulled his shot and it hit Watkins. The striker could not react quickly enough, and the ball bounced in to the arms of Bentley.

Canós almost created a goal for himself with a superb run from deep late in the first half. He weaved his way in to the penalty area and was about to pull the trigger before Nathan Baker made a superb recovery tackle. The support of Jack Hunt prevented any other Brentford player getting on to it and when Saïd Benrahma recycled the ball and played a one-two with Mokotjo, he curled a shot wide.

But City should have gone in ahead at the break. Henry played a terrible pass three minutes before the interval that allowed Weimann to put Palmer through with only Raya to beat. But the Brentford goalkeeper stood up big, denied Palmer and ensured the scores were level at half time, albeit both teams would have felt they could have been ahead.

The visitors made two changes at the break, switched to a four-man defence introduced Famara Diédhiou to be their central striker. It almost paid immediate dividends when Niclas Eliasson – the other substitute, who scored the only goal in the same game last season – drove down the right and delivered a cross and it took a great tackle from Christian Nørgaard to prevent Palmer shooting from ten yards. Bentley made a full stretch save from a curling Canós shot at the other end as the game continued at a breakneck speed.

There was no let up from either team as both chased the opening goal and it seemed a matter of time until one would come. City’s changes gave them slightly fresher legs, particularly in attacking areas, and they tried to stop Brentford playing out from the back. But when The Bees could get through, or, more often, around, particularly on the right, chances came.

Bentley, on his return to Griffin Park, almost presented Brentford with the opening goal when he dropped a deflected cross from Dasilva, Mokotjo nodded down and Nørgaard let fly but the City goalkeeper redeemed himself with a superb save high to his right. The corner was played in low and Brownhill’s clearance smashed in to Watkins but Bentley was alive to it and made a reaction save to his right. Brownhill then got on to a cross at the other end but nodded wide and Canós lashed over for The Bees.

The goal that had seemed certain since early on eventually arrived just past the hour mark. And quite a goal it was. The Bees broke quickly on the left after Nørgaard made a fine interception, but it looked as if the chance had gone when Canós overran the ball in the City area and it was hacked clear. But Dalsgaard picked out Dasilva with an incisive pass and the midfield player took aim from 22 yards, curling a shot over Bentley and in to the top corner. Dasilva’s first competitive goal at Griffin Park gave The Bees a lead they worked hard for and deserved.

That lead could have been doubled soon after when another Dalsgaard pass sent Canós away on the right in to an increasingly fragile City left back area. He picked out Mokotjo with a clever cut back, but the shot was blocked by Ashley Williams. But The Bees largely took the sting out of the contest after the goal. They kept the ball and denied City space, stopping the visitors building momentum. With Nørgaard protecting his back four – which became a five later on – City couldn’t create chances.

Brentford could have doubled their lead when Watkins intercepted a loose pass and put Benrahma away, but he ran wide after rounding Bentley and when the shot eventually came in from Henry it was blocked. Moments later, City were level. The goal came out of nothing as a cross was swung in from the right and as it dipped away from the defenders, Weimann arrived to bounce a header across Raya and in to the far corner.

City celebrated with gusto and were content to hang on for the draw, albeit Pontus Jansson had to block a shot from Diédhiou at the death. But Brentford pushed on to try and get the lead back. A deflected cross from Dalsgaard almost caught out a back-peddling Bentley, who tipped it just over his crossbar. Bentley also saved a Jeanvier header at the death as he did enough to earn his team a point.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Jeanvier, Henry; Mokotjo (sub Jensen 69 mins), Nørgaard, Dasilva (sub Mbeumo 89 mins); Canós (sub Pinnock 83 mins), Watkins, Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Clarke, Valencia, Karelis

Bookings: Canós (81 mins) (second of season)

Bristol City: Bentley; Hunt, Moore (sub Eliasson h/t), Williams, Baker, Rowe; Brownhill, Massengo (sub O’Dowda 74 mins), Semenyo (sub Diédhiou h/t); Weimann, Palmer

Subs (not used): Mäenpää, Wright, Watkins, Pereira

Bookings: Hunt (81 mins)

Attendance: 11,433 (1,694 away fans)

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2 October 2019

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