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Match Preview: Stoke City

All the build-up to tomorrow's encounter with The Potters

20 September 2019

After three weeks away, we return to Griffin Park tomorrow to face Nathan Jones' Stoke City. Below you will find all the build-up to the game.

THE OPPOSITION

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Stoke City head to Griffin Park on Saturday winless since April, and with the pressure mounting on boss Nathan Jones. Last Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Bristol City leaves The Potters bottom of the table with one point from their opening seven league matches. 

Stoke's only point this season came from a 2-2 draw at home to Derby County while three of the six defeats have come by a single goal. Losing lynchpin Ryan Shawcross on the eve of the season was a massive blow; The Potters currently have the worst defensive record in the second tier, conceding 17 goals in their seven league matches. The EFL Cup has provided some solace with victories over Wigan Athletic and Leeds United setting up a Third Round tie at Crawley Town on Tuesday night. 

The Potters did their business early during the transfer window, announcing six new faces in 24 hours at the end of June. Among those to join were the Barnsley duo of Adam Davies and Liam Lindsay, Millwall's Lee Gregory, and Nick Powell from Wigan Athletic. Further loan re-inforcements arrived ahead of Deadline Day in the shape of former Bee Scott Hogan, Sheffield United's Mark Duffy, and Cameron Carter-Vickers from Tottenham Hotspur. 

Jones is clearly still searching for his favoured XI with The Potters using a league high 26 players in just seven games this term. 

THE MANAGER

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Nathan Jones endured a nomadic start to his playing career, first in his native Wales, then with Luton Town and finally in Spain before he found a home at Brighton and Hove Albion. The midfielder spent five years on the south coast at the start of the 2000s, making more than 150 appearances as The Seagulls went from Division Three to The Championship. He then spent seven years with Yeovil Town before retiring in 2012 after making more than 550 professional appearances. 

His first steps into coaching came within the youth setup at Charlton Athletic before jumping to a First Team role at Brighton & Hove Albion. It wasn't however until he returned in January 2016 to Luton that he began to make a real impression. He won 11 of his first 21 games to ensure The Hatters' EFL survival before leading them to the Play-Offs the following campaign. He went one better in 2017/18 and had Luton second in League One when he left for Stoke in January of this year.  

TEAM NEWS

Aside from the duo of Luka Racic and Mads Bech Sorensen, Thomas Frank has a full squad to pick from for tomorrow's fixture. 

Life is more complicated for Nathan Jones with Ryan Shawcross out and Joe Allen suspended. Nick Powell hasn't been seen since the opening day defeat at QPR but is getting closer according to Jones. 

THOMAS' PRE-MATCH PRESS

PRE-MATCH FEATURES

🆚 Hot off the Press: Martin Spinks of Stoke-On-Trent Live disects Stoke's start to the campaign

⚖ Ref Watch: Andy Woolmer will be the weekend's referee

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

Blocks Adults Seniors

Young
Persons

Juniors
Braemar Road Stand 
(B300, B301, B305)
25 19 17 8
Braemar Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
30 24 22 8
New Road Stand 
(N500, N501, N507, N508)
25 19 17 8
New Road Stand 
(All other blocks)
30 24 22 8
Ealing Road Terrace 25 19 17 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

BUY ONLINE 

7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Save on fees

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
  • In person from the Ticket Office, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
  • Group bookings can be made here
  • Disabled fans by phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm

If you are buying from overseas - tickets will not be sent in the post. You need to choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

HOW TO FOLLOW

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Match Reports

Brentford 0 Stoke City 0

Your Brentford v Stoke City match report, powered by Utilita

21 September 2019

Brentford and Stoke City played out a 0-0 draw on a warm afternoon in West London. The game was as even as the final score suggests and while both teams will feel they could have scored, neither really did enough to win the game. Brentford probably had slightly the better overall while Stoke had the best chance to win it at the death and both sides had to settle for a point.

A 0-0 draw looked like a possibility from quite early on. There was a rather cagey opening to the game. Both teams were comfortable in possession but largely played in their own halves as good defensive shapes without the ball limited attacking opening. Stoke had a slightly higher starting position and were more stretched out of possession than The Bees and that prevented the hosts playing the ball through a congested midfield area in the opening exchanges.

There was only one save in the first quarter of the contest and that was a comfortable one by David Raya from a long-range Sam Clucas free kick. Peter Etebo and Badou Ndiaye also lashed well off target from distance during a period where neither team was able to get any momentum. The stop-start nature of the game was also not helping the flow with countless free kicks in the early stages and the home fans and players angered by a perception of an inconsistent application of the laws by referee Andy Woolmer.

Brentford’s best openings in a fairly forgettable first half hour came when Sergi Canós was involved. He was stifled by Clucas and James McClean on the Stoke left but when The Bees could get him in to the game, they looked like creating. When he found space in the box in the inside right channel, he pulled a shot across the face of goal and Rico Henry was unable to get there and turn it in to a cross.

And the closest either team came to a goal in the first third of the match was when Canós darted through. He had been involved on three or four occasion as Brentford broke quickly up the pitch and he then glided in to the penalty area on the left and tried to find Ollie Watkins with a cut back but the Brentford striker was crowded out and could not force the ball home. The Bees should have taken the lead just before half time when Bryan Mbeumo delivered a free kick from the left and Christian Nørgaard arrived to meet it at the far post, but he got slightly underneath it and failed to hit the target from eight yards.

With Stoke trying to slow the game down as half time approached, Brentford began to take control. They had more possession in attacking areas and started to build the pressure. Jack Butland saved at the feet of Watkins as he tried to get on to a Mbeumo flick. The Bees would still have been looking for an increase in tempo, and more attacking impetus on their left, but they held the upper hand at the end of a goalless first half. And they almost turned it in to an interval lead when Canós weaved in to the box and let fly but his shot was blocked.

And Brentford continued to press forward after the break. They were on the front foot and forcing Stoke back and looked like they could create the opening goal. When Canós challenged Etebo in midfield, the ball broke for Henrik Dalsgaard inside the penalty area, but his shot was blocked. Canós then cross for Mbeumo to head over as chances began to be fashioned.

When Mbeumo put Canós away on the right, the ball was cut back perfectly for Saïd Benrahma but his shot was well blocked by Danny Batth, the same man that had denied Dalsgaard earlier. Another shot from Benrahma, after he had wriggled in to the penalty area, was met by another block by Batth as Brentford pressed. Butland then tipped a curling shot from Benrahma over the bar and the resulting corner was met low by Dalsgaard, but he flicked it off target.

As the game wore on, the effects of the strong late-summer sun began to take their toll and it was a more open contest. Stoke looked to get forward more and both sides sensed they could win the game in the final quarter. Lee Gregory saw a shot blocked and then had an aerial effort diverted away bravely by Pontus Jansson when he met a Clucas cross. Bruno Martins Indi could have opened the scoring when he met a deep corner with a looping header, but Raya clawed it away and pulled it in to his chest as Stoke players lurked.

Benrahma lashed over for The Bees and delivered a corner than Jansson headed off target while Gregory had a shot blocked at the other end. And as the game entered the final ten minutes it looked increasingly likely that one goal would be the most the crowd would be treated to. And it should have come with eight minutes to go. Henry and Jansson played themselves in to trouble and Etebo won the ball with only Raya to beat. He tried to round the Brentford goalkeeper, but Raya stuck out a big hand to stop the progress of Etebo and keep the game all square.

Sam Vokes then lashed over for Stoke as the visitors started to look like the team most likely to get the goal, if one was to come. Tyrese Campbell then pulled a shot wide after a run from deep. But Brentford almost won it at the death. Benrahma lashed an effort over the bar but the best chance came when Watkins released the over-lapping Canós and his ball flew across the six-yard box, just eluding the arriving Nikos Karelis, who could have marked his debut with a goal, and the back-peddling defenders. It ensured the game finished 0-0.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Jeanvier; Canós (sub Clarke 90 mins), Jensen (sub Mokotjo 64 mins), Nørgaard, Henry; Mbeumo, Watkins (sub Karelis 63 mins), Benrahma

Subs (not used): Daniels, Pinnock, Dasilva, Žambůrek

Bookings: Benrahma (79 mins)

Stoke City: Butland; Edwards, Lindsay (sub Batth 35 mins), Carter-Vickers, Martins Indi, McClean; Badou; Ince (sub Campbell 73 mins), Etebo, Clucas; Gregory (sub Vokes 78 mins)

Subs (not used): Federici, Hogan, Cousins, Duffy

Bookings: Gregory (22 mins), McClean (82 mins)

Attendance: 11,870 (1,399 away fans)

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21 September 2019

We are back at Griffin Park this afternoon and tickets are still available. To make the most of your sunny afternoon, purchase your tickets online to jump the queue at the Ticket Office. Don’t forget to select print at home to avoid queuing to collect your tickets.

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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

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
  • 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

If you are buying from overseas - tickets will not be sent in the post. You need to choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

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.

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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