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Match Preview: Brentford vs Blackburn Rovers

The build-up to tomorrow's first game with fans at our new home

4 December 2020

It will be a special day in our history tomorrow as fans watch a game at the Brentford Community Stadium for the very first time. Blackburn Rovers are the visitors with 2000 fans set to cheer on Thomas Frank's boys in TW8. Below you will find all the info ahead of the game against Tony Mowbray's men.

THE OPPOSITION

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The division's most potent attacking force head to TW8 on Saturday with Blackburn Rovers well clear at the top of the second tier's scoring charts.

Tony Mowbray's men have struck 29 goals in 15 matches this term, four clear of any other side. In 14-goal Adam Armstrong (pictured above) they have the only man to have found the net more times than Ivan Toney this season, the Rovers' striker also averages more than five shots per game.

At the other end of the pitch, Rovers appear to be tightening things up, conceding just four goals in their last six, unbeaten games 

After four defeats in five to end October, Rovers recent unbeaten run has lifted them to ninth, within two points off the Play-Off places. 

TEAM NEWS

Henrik Dalsgaard missed Tuesday's win over Rotherham United with a minor hip injury and will be assessed ahead of tomorrow's game. Otherwise it is just Christian Norgaard (ankle), Mads Roerslev (foot), and Shandon Baptiste (knee) who will be absent. 

Blackburn's early season indifferent form was not helped by a slew of injuries and Covid-related absences. 

Bradley Dack is close to a return after a year out with a knee injury but Ben Brereton is now set for a spell on the sidelines after going off against Millwall on Tuesday night with knee ligament damage. Elliott Bennett (ankle) and Lewis Travis (knee) are not expected back until the new year and there are doubts over Barry Douglas (hamstring), Scott Wharton (concussion), Joe Rothwell (hamstring), and Bradley Johnson (back) for tomorrow's game. 

THE MANAGER

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Tony Mowbray was appointed Head Coach of Blackburn Rovers on 22 February 2017.

A distinguished defender in his playing days for Middlesbrough, Celtic, and Ipswich Town, Mowbray was handed his first managerial job at Hibernian in 2004. In October 2006, Mowbray was appointed Manager of West Bromwich Albion. He led The Baggies to the Championship title in his second season at The Hawthorns.

Celtic came calling in June 2009, before Mowbray returned to former club Middlesbrough in October 2010. Mowbray left Boro in October 2013 and took charge of Coventry City from March 2015 to September 2016.

Under his managerment, Blackburn secured an immediate return to the Championship as runners-up following relegation in 2016/17, finishing 15th and 11th in their two seasons back in the second tier.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

⚖ Oliver Langford will be the man in charge tomorrow

🆚 The Lancashire Telegraph's Rich Sharpe previews Rovers

MEMORABLE MEETING

HOW TO FOLLOW

We are not on TV this weekend, which means the only way to watch is through iFollow. For just £10 (£7 for international fans) you can keep up with all the action live from our new home.

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Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders who froze their tickets have had their iFollow account upgraded to VIP for this fixture. This means you simply have to log-in to watch the game. To check you have been upgraded to VIP, login and head to ‘My iFollow Account’, select ‘Purchased Packages’, if you have been upgraded you will see a Brentford Season Ticket with an active status.

If you are having any issues with your VIP, get in touch with tickets@brentfordfc.com

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Match Reports

Brentford 2 Blackburn Rovers 2

Bees held to draw after late leveller

5 December 2020

Brentford conceded a late equaliser as Blackburn Rovers picked up a point in the first game in front of supporters for almost nine months. The Bees trailed early on but turned the game around after Blackburn had been reduced to ten men. Ivan Toney scored from the penalty spot and Sergi Canós lashed home to put Brentford in front, but Blackburn scored inside the final five minutes to earn a share of the spoils.

Brentford will feel it is a game they should have won, especially with fans inside the stadium for the first time since March. Blackburn had the better of the early stages but by the time The Bees, playing in their new stadium in front of spectators for the first time, levelled they deserved it and with a man advantage foe an hour, they had control. But they could only score once more, through Canós, and when they had a slight defensive slip, Blackburn earned a point.

The start of the game was not helped by a serious looking injury sustained by Blackburn defender Scott Wharton inside the first 15 minutes. There was no-one within two yards of him when he crumpled in the middle of the pitch and Wharton was removed on a stretcher shortly after. Blackburn had made slightly the better start, moving the ball quickly and showing a real desire to run forward when they had possession. They had to make a defensive change but that didn’t affect their attacking outlook.

The visitors had gone close inside the opening 40 seconds. Adam Armstrong played a ball in to the inside right channel for Sam Gallagher, he set up Harvey Elliott for a shot that was blocked and follow-up effort from Joe Rothwell deflected just wide. Bradley Johnson headed the resulting corner over the bar.

Canós blasted over for The Bees when he got on to a loose ball but there was a stop-start opening to the game with the injury and a series of bookings. One of them was for Marcus Forss for simulation in the penalty area while Blackburn defenders Barry Douglas and Darragh Lenihan were booked for fouls that halted attacking chances for The Bees. The better football that was played in the opening exchanges was from Blackburn and they probably had the edge when they went ahead just before the 20-minute mark.

The goal was a spectacular one from Rothwell. He got on to a loose ball 35 yards from goal and headed forward. He weaved his way in to space and away from Canós, Toney and Mathias Jensen before letting fly from 18 yards. The ball whistled past David Raya and in to the net to put the visitors in front. Raya was left helpless by a fine effort, but Brentford will know Rothwell should not have got that far.

Blackburn would have been the happier team at that stage, but Brentford responded well. They could have been level when a low Jensen corner found Forss at the near post, he got a shot off that left Thomas Kaminski clawing helplessly to his left as the ball fizzed just past the post. An Ethan Pinnock header was cleared by Johnson deep inside his six-yard box before Armstrong hit a defensive wall with a free kick at the other end.

The moment that looked as if it would settle the game came ten minutes before the end of the first half. After a spell of build-up play, Jensen cleverly flicked a Vitaly Janelt pass in to Toney inside the penalty area. As he prepared to shoot from the left side of the box, he was bundled over by Lenihan. Referee Oliver Langford awarded a penalty and sent off Lenihan for denying a goal scoring opportunity. Given Lenihan had already been booked, he was always likely to depart the match at that point. Toney stepped up to take the penalty and waited for Kaminski to dive to his right before placing the ball in to the net on the opposite side to level it up.

Blackburn were now without both starting central defender and were forced to reshuffle with John Buckley brought on. The rest of the half was Brentford’s attack against a deep defence. Josh Dasilva had a shot blocked after a one-two with Jensen before he played a pass to release the increasingly influential Canós on the left. The Spanish attacker cut inside and let fly with a shot that was blocked. Canós then weaved his way down the left and cut the ball back for Toney 12 yards out, but the shot flew over the bar.

Brentford had the initiative at half time but not the lead and Blackburn had something to hold on to. They reinforced their defence with the introduction of Amari’i Bell while Brentford introduced Emiliano Marcondes for Janelt, who had also been cautioned in the first half. But there was no change to the pattern of the game.

The introduction of Marcondes changed the shape of Brentford’s midfield. Blackburn sat in with two banks of four and invited The Bees to break them down. Dasilva roamed all over the pitch, looking for openings while Jensen and Marcondes dictated play from deep. Canós and Henry probed on the left while Henrik Dalsgaard was given licence to push up on the right and all the game was played in Blackburn territory.

The Blackburn defence was, however, well drilled. A clever pass from Pontus Jansson created space for Marcondes to shoot from 20 yards but the ball flew wide of the post. There was little of note before Canós illuminated a wintry afternoon with a superb goal. He received a pass from Dasilva on the left touch line and headed infield, a swivel of the hips took him away from Buckley and he let fly as Rothwell came to challenge. The ball flew past Kaminski and in to the top corner to complete Brentford’s turnaround.

Blackburn immediately made two substitutions to try and alter the flow of the game. They had fresh legs and looked to regain the attacking impetus they started the contest with. A run from Gallagher down the right ended with him going to ground inside the penalty area but Mr Langford looked unimpressed. Jacob Davenport got on to the loose ball, but his shot was blocked.

As the minutes ticked down, Rovers started to look tired. They demonstrated their ability in attacking areas but were mostly playing without the ball. And Brentford introduced new wide players – Bryan Mbeumo and Tariqe Fosu – to try and maintain their attacking outlook. Mbeumo came close to a third when he broke free on the right and on to a Jensen pass, he cut inside and fizzed a shot across the face of goal.

Dasilva curled an effort just wide after space was created by Marcondes. His next effort, when he received a Toney pass was a little wilder and flew over. Blackburn were sitting in, inviting Brentford to play and trying to stay in the game. They conceded the midfield area but prevented The Bees creating good chances, and then struck.

The equaliser came with three minutes to go. Brentford failed to clear a ball from the right and the ball dropped on the edge of the penalty area, Davenport got a lucky break as Pinnock slipped and then another as his shot flicked Dominic Thompson and that was enough to take it past Raya to earn Blackburn a point. Brentford poured forward in the dying stages but failed to create much. A Marcondes shot almost caught Kaminski out with a couple of deflections but he held on and ensured his side got the draw.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry (sub Thompson 81 mins); Jensen, Janelt (sub Marcondes h/t), Dasilva (sub Ghoddos 81 mins); Canós (sub Fosu 77 mins), Toney, Forss (sub Mbeumo 71 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Stevens, Sørensen, Pressley

Bookings: Forss (5 mins) (second of season), Janelt (31 mins) (third of season), Thompson (82 mins) (second of season)

Blackburn Rovers: Kaminski; Nyambe, Lenihan, Wharton (sub Ayala 16 mins), Douglas (sub Bell h/t); Rothwell (sub Davenport 63 mins), Trybull (sub Buckley 39 mins), Johnson; Elliott; Gallagher, Armstrong (sub Dolan 63 mins)

Subs (not used): Pears, Downing, Holtby, Chapman

Bookings: Douglas (10 mins), Lenihan (27 mins), Rothwell (49 mins), Kaminski (90 mins)

Sent Off: Lenihan (36 mins)

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Ticket News

More email invitations to book tickets for Brentford v Blackburn Rovers sent earlier today

First game in front of fans at our new home to be played in less than 48 hours

3 December 2020

As communicated earlier this week, final plans are in place for the first Brentford match in front of fans at the new stadium to take place this weekend. Our game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, 5 December, kick-off 3pm, will be watched live by Bees fans at the stadium, subject to any further changes from the authorities. Details of the process and how we will prioritise entry were sent at the start of the week and all Season Ticket Holders that froze their Season Tickets should have received an email from us on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Fans were either invited to book a place for the game or told when they could expect to attend based on our process. We know that many thousands of fans are desperate to get in to the stadium to watch games as soon as possible. Currently Government regulations restrict us to just 2,000 supporters per match.

Not everyone invited initially booked a place and we have, in the past few hours, given more Season Ticket Holders the chance to join us on Saturday. Those people next on the list received an email today and can book in the same way. In order to ensure that we are full to capacity on Saturday, more emails were sent earlier today than there are tickets available. Any of those fans not able to book in for Blackburn, will be guaranteed access to our home game against Derby County next Wednesday 9 December, kick-off 7.45pm. 

The Dugout area is now full and unsuccessful frozen Dugout Season Ticket Holders have been emailed an update. We also have nearly filled our lounges with our Premium Seat holders. Unsuccessful Premium Seat Holders will receive an email update tomorrow.

As a reminder, anyone who lives in an area with tier three Covid-19 restrictions will not be able to attend and fans that replied to our survey last week saying they do not want to attend at the moment have also been excluded. We did have an issue earlier this week in clarifying exactly which supporters live in tier three areas. This is now resolved. We apologise for any anxiety caused while we worked through this process and if you believe you are still affected please email tickets@brentfordfc.com.

Supporters booking tickets won’t have to pay now. The pro-rata amount will be payable as part of the renewal process for next season’s Season Ticket (2021/22). Further details on how to access the stadium, what it will be like inside and any parking options available will be sent out soon to those attending.

Please check your email now to see if you can book tickets for our first game. If you are a Season Ticket Holder for the 2020/21 season and have not received your email from the Club, please fill in our online form. If you have any queries, please email us at tickets@brentfordfc.com.

We fully appreciate this is a difficult and challenging process and some fans are going to be disappointed and frustrated they are not in the first tranche of attendees. Please be assured we understand and share these frustrations and will do everything in our power to make the process as smooth as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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