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Match Preview: Brentford vs Coventry City

All the info ahead of tomorrow's Championship clash

16 October 2020

The Sky Bet Championship returns tomorrow with Coventry City making the trip to TW8. Both sides tasted defeat on their last outing before the break and will be looking to bounce back with three points. Below you will find all the info ahead of the game at our new home.



The 2000s brought a slow and steady decline for The Sky Blues from the Premier League to League Two but under Mark Robins their stock is on the rise again following two promotions in three years. 

After a 14-game unbeaten run they led League One by five points when the season was curtailed in March, thus returning to the second tier for the first time since 2012. 

A narrow opening day defeat to Bristol City, preceded victory over QPR and a draw at Barnsley. Robins' side went into the break on the back of a 3-1 loss at home to AFC Bournemouth. 

Last season's top scorer Matt Godden has picked up where he left off with three goals in four outings this term while new signings Callum O'Hare (pictured above) and Gustavo Hamer have impressed in the early weeks of the season. 


Rico Henry missed the defeat to Preston North End, a game which saw Christian Norgaard withdrawn early on through injury, while Shandon Baptiste hasn't featured since mid-September.  

For Coventry, the above-mentioned Hamer is suspended while skipper Liam Kelly could return for the first time since the opening day. Jodi Jones, Brandon Mason, (both knee) and Julien Dacosta (ankle) are definitely out while Wes Jobello, Marcel Hilssner, and Ben Wilson all featured for City's Under-23s this afternoon. 



Mark Robins, the man whose FA Cup Third Round goal against Nottingham Forest in January 1990 went down in legend as the saving of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, played more than 400 domestic games, scoring 124 goals, before stepping into management in 2005. As a player he won an FA Cup, Charity Shield, European Cup Winners' Cup and European Super Cup in the early 1990s at Old Trafford as well as the League Cup with Leicester City in 1997. 

The former England Under-21 international began his managerial career with Rotherham United before moving onto Barnsley in 2009. Earning a reputation as a relegation firefighter, Robins led the Tykes away from danger during his first season in charge and performed a repeat act during a short spell with Coventry City in 2011/12. He then kept Huddersfield Town up on the final day of the 2012/13 season before an 18-month spell in charge of Scunthorpe United. A move back to Coventry in March 2017 brought about Robins' first silverware as a manager. He won the EFL Trophy a month later and then earned Coventry's first promotion in 51 years through the 2017/18 League Two Play-Offs. Last season saw a further promotion back to the second tier as well as an LMA Manager of the Year prize for the 50-year-old. 


⚖ Andy Woolmer will be the man in charge tomorrow

🆚 Coventry Telegraph's Andy Turner previews The Sky Blues



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Brentford 2 Coventry City 0

Two goals for Toney as Brentford record home win

17 October 2020

Two goals in ten second half minutes from Ivan Toney earned Brentford a Sky Bet Championship win over Coventry City. The Bees had the better of the first half but were unable to break through before the break. But Toney converted from close range just after the restart and then headed in a second soon after to ensure The Bees got the win.

There was little doubt it was the right result. While Coventry had their moments in attack, especially at the end of both halves, The Bees were by far the better team. They dominated the first 75 minutes almost exclusively and could probably have sealed a more comfortable win. They never looked like relinquishing the lead after Toney’s double strike and took a second win of the season.

Brentford started the game at a frightening pace. They were on the front foot from the first whistle, drove forward at speed and with bodies joining in the attack. They picked holes in Coventry’s defensive and midfield lines and created a series of decent chances as they pushed for the opening goal.

Toney forced Marko Maroši into a save with a snap shot inside the first 30 seconds and Henrik Dalsgaard saw an effort deflect wide before the resulting corner dropped to Sergi Canós but his attempt flew off target. There looked to be another shooting chance for Canós soon after, but Toney took over and set up Rico Henry for a cross-cum-shot that was cleared inside the six-yard box. Toney met the resulting corner but saw his header deflect away, possibly off Dalsgaard, and the next corner dropped to Josh Dasilva, but he sliced his shot.

Brentford had complete control of the midfield area. Mathias Jensen had Dasilva and Marcondes either side of him and the trio picked their passes, found space to roam and drove The Bees on. Henry and Dalsgaard supported from full back and chances continued to come. Unfortunately for Brentford, they were not taken.

Marcondes headed a Canós cross narrowly over after Toney had won an important flick on and Bryan Mbeumo looked to be running free and in on goal before Kyle McFadzean got back to make an important tackle. Canós set up that chance for Mbeumo after good work by Jensen, who started the game well, and he then freed Marcondes for a shooting chance from 20 yards, but the effort was blocked. A deflected Mbeumo cross almost created a goal as Toney was able to get a toe to it and tried to flick it past Maroši, but the goalkeeper spread himself to block.

Maroši made a decent save when Toney intercepted a clearance and let fly from 25 yards and then a better one soon after. Ethan Pinnock met the resulting corner, Pontus Jansson swivelled on it and although his connection wasn’t as firm as it might have been, Maroši still had to be alert to get down and save. The follow-up from Jansson was blocked and Dasilva pulled a shot wide after finding space in Coventry territory.

The visitors would have considered themselves fortunate to get to the half hour mark level. They had been unable to work their way up the pitch, pushed back by Brentford’s work off the ball and high starting positions. The game was halted for a period late in the first half, with Henry receiving treatment, and that seemed to affect Brentford’s momentum. The midfield trio were unable to get on the ball as much late in the first period and Coventry had chances.

David Raya was forced in to a good save when Coventry worked the ball down the right and Ben Sheaf cut inside before shooting from a narrow angle. A free kick from the left from Ryan Giles then reached Michael Rose at the far post but he dragged a shot wide when well-placed. It would have been unfair on Brentford if Coventry had gone in ahead, but the visitors would have been pleased with the way they ended the first period. It was not, however, so good for them at the start of the second.

The Bees started the second half as quickly as they started the first, but this time, got the goals to go with it. They had the lead within a minute of the restart as they finished off a flowing move. Dasilva created the space and Marcondes found Mbeumo on the right as Giles slipped, he cut inside and shaped to shoot but his effort turned in to a cross that was perfect for Toney to score from close range.

The second for Brentford, and for Toney, came nine minutes later. An initial attack broke down, but Henry intercepted as Coventry tried to clear. The ball was worked to Marcondes on the left and he stood up a cross for Toney to head in from six yards. Toney found space between Coventry’s trio of central defenders and his header burst through the arms of Maroši to double Brentford’s lead.

It could have been even better for Toney and Brentford as he was just unable to reach a Henry cross after good work by the impressive Marcondes. Canós also had a shot blocked after another incursion from Brentford on the left but The Bees were halted in their flow by some enforced substitutions. Toney and Marcondes both limped off for the home side and Coventry used the changes to try and push on.

The visitors had been forced back at the start of the second half and one corner, where Raya saved a header from Rose that lacked power, was all they could muster while Brentford went two up. But Matt Godden had two good chances in quick succession as they tried to force the game. Raya was crowded out at a corner and failed to get distance on a punch, Godden swivelled and shot but his effort hit the crossbar and bounced down the right side of the line, as gat as Brentford were concerned, before the ball bounced clear. Raya then saved as Godden met a cross from the left with a sweeping shot.

Marcus Forss was brought in attack and Vitaly Janelt was given a Brentford debut in midfield and both got in to the game quickly. Janelt showcased a range of passing and one ball to Henry on a left enabled The Bees to win a corner that Jensen delivered, and Pinnock headed wide. Maroši also saved well from Dasilva after he drove in to the penalty area on the right.

Coventry could have got one back with five minutes remaining when Giles, who delivered well from the left all afternoon, picked out a cross, Godden got to it, but Raya made himself big and prevented the ball going past him. There were further late chances for the visitors – Sheaf lifted a curling effort over the bar and then had an effort saved before Raya denied Godden. Coventry may have deserved a goal for their efforts, but Brentford deserved the win and took the points.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Marcondes (sub Janelt 69 mins), Jensen, Dasilva (sub Ghoddos 78 mins); Mbeumo, Toney (sub Forss 64 mins), Canós

Subs (not used): Daniels, Sørensen, Thompson, Fosu

Bookings: Jensen (43 mins)

Coventry City: Maroši; Rose, McFadzean, Hyam; Pask (sub McCallum 60 mins), Sheaf, O’Hare, Giles; Allen; Bakayoko (sub Shipley 60 mins), Godden

Subs (not used): Wilson, Østigård, Kelly, Biamou, Kastaneer

Bookings: Sheaf (81 mins)

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iFollow codes sent for Brentford v Coventry City to those that froze Season Tickets

Fans should check their emails for access to the game this weekend

15 October 2020

Brentford FC has sent out emails to fans that froze their 2020/21 Season Tickets with codes to watch Saturday's Sky Bet Championship match against Coventry City on iFollow. The Bees will host Coventry on Saturday, 17 October, in a match that will kick-off at 3pm. The game will be behind closed doors but will be live on iFollow Brentford with Bees-biased commentary.

As part of our offering to Season Ticket Holders, those who chose to freeze their match access for the 2020/21 campaign and roll it over to 2021/22 get iFollow codes for all home matches in 2020. Each fan needs an individual code for each match. Codes for the Coventry game were sent yesterday.

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