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Match Preview: Sheffield Wednesday vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tonight's trip to the Steel City

21 October 2020

We head to Hillsborough tonight looking to build on Saturday's 2-0 victory over Coventry City. Up against us is a Sheffield Wednesday side that have taken eight points from their opening five games to claw back a large part of their summer points deduction. Below you will find all the info ahead of the clash between Owls and Bees.

THE OPPOSITION

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Sheffield Wednesday's response to their 12-point deduction over the summer has been impressive to say the least. Five games into the season they have already taken back eight of the points they lost in July after just one defeat in their opening fixtures. 

Garry Monk's side have conceded just three times in the Sky Bet Championship this term. They have beaten Cardiff City as well as Monk's former side, Birmingham City, to nil with further points picked up following draws against Watford and QPR. Their only defeat so far this campaign came at Ashton Gate against Bristol City late last month. 

In the Carabao Cup they advanced past Walsall and Rochdale, again without conceding, to set up a Third Round tie away at Fulham which they went on to lose 2-0. 

The Owls have been very consistent in their team selection so far this campaign, six players, including goalkeeper Cameron Dawson and the influential midfielder pair of Barry Bannan and Massimo Luongo, have started every game.

Wednesday's summer transfer dealings saw them move on the likes of Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri, Sam Winnall, and Morgan Fox with Chey Dunkley, Josh Windass, Callum Paterson, Elias Kachunga, Jack Marriott, Aden Flint, and Izzy Brown all coming in. 

TEAM NEWS

Christian Norgaard and Mads Roerslev are both out but Thomas Frank is hoping to have Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes available despite the pair picking up knocks during Saturday's win over Coventry City. Shandon Baptiste is also nearing a return. 

For The Owls, Dominic Iorfa (hamstring), Tom Lees (groin), and Liam Shaw (ankle) will all definitely miss out while Izzy Brown (dead leg) and Liam Palmer (back) have a chance of being involved tonight. 

THE MANAGER

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A central defender during his playing days, Monk began his career with Torquay United before moving on to Southampton in 1996. Following loan spells with Stockport County, Oxford United and Sheffield Wednesday, he joined Barnsley in 2004 on a permanent deal. After making just three appearances for The Tykes, he joined League Two side Swansea City and went on to play in every division for The Swans until they reached the top flight in 2011, the majority of his appearances coming as captain.

Stepping into the dugout, Monk saved Swansea from relegation and took them to the Europa League Round of 32, having taken over from Michael Laudrup in 2014. The following year saw league doubles over both Arsenal and Manchester United as City finished eighth. After a run of one win in 11 games he left Swansea in 2015, ending a 12 year association with the Welsh club. A season-long stay at Leeds United, where he guided The Whites to their highest league finish in six years, and a short spell at Middlesbrough followed before his arrival at Birmingham City in March 2018. After saving Blues from relegation during the first few months of his reign, he led City to a 17th-place finish the following campaign, despite a nine-point deduction. His services were dispensed with in the summer of 2019 ahead of Monk joining The Owls last September, guiding them to 16th last season. 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

⚖ Darren Bond will be the man in charge tonight

🆚 BBC Sheffield's Andy Giddings previews The Owls

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HOW TO FOLLOW

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Match Reports

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Brentford 2

Two more for Toney as Brentford pick up away win

21 October 2020

Ivan Toney scored two more goals as Brentford picked up a Sky Bet Championship win away to Sheffield Wednesday. The striker, who now has seven goals in his last four appearances, put Brentford ahead early on and then headed in the winner just past the half hour after Wednesday had levelled. The brace earned The Bees three points and took Toney to the top of the Championship scorer chart.

The 2-1 win was a victory that Brentford fully deserved. They had the better of most of the first half and were well on top in the second. The home side created some chances in the first period, but The Bees defended excellently for most of the game and David Raya was largely untroubled in the Brentford goal after Toney had his say at the other end.

Brentford got themselves ahead before the game had really got going. Saman Ghoddos turned free from a Rico Henry throw and picked out Henrik Dalsgaard with a low ball across the penalty area. Dalsgaard let fly from 25 yards with a shot that Cameron Dawson got down well to save but Toney was there to place the rebound past the Wednesday goalkeeper and in to the net. Toney reacted quickest once the save was made, and his first-time finish gave Dawson no chance with the game just seven minutes old.

Even though the goal was early, it came as Brentford broke out and won a throw in. An earlier break had seen Bryan Mbeumo free Toney on the right and his cross was just ahead of the arriving Ghoddos. From another counter-attack soon after, Mbeumo and Ghoddos linked to free Toney in the inside left channel and he smashed a shot in to the side netting.

Despite being behind inside ten minutes, Wednesday had started the game well. They had two strikers high up the pitch to prevent Brentford playing in to midfield with Callum Paterson just behind as a focal point and extra man in the first line of defence. Raya was forced in to an early save from a low Jack Marriott shot and while the hosts were not creating many chances, they were playing mostly in Brentford territory. The Bees were being forced to defend and keep possession in their own half.

Marriott had an effort blocked for the hosts and Raya made a good save above his head when Adam Reach got in to the penalty area on the left side and benefitted from a fortunate ricochet off Dalsgaard before getting a shot off. But Brentford were arguably creating the better openings and a clever pass from Jensen allowed Mbeumo to drift inside Joost van Aken and curl a shot just over Dawson’s crossbar. The goalkeeper was left standing and if the shot had been a foot lower, it would have doubled the lead. Seconds later, Wednesday were level.

The home side worked an opportunity for Kadeem Harris to get forward from right wing back and in to space to receive a long pass in behind Henry and Ethan Pinnock. He had the time to measure a cross and it was inch perfect for Paterson to head low past Raya and in to the net. Brentford will look at how Harris was able to find the space but once he did, Wednesday ruthlessly exploited it.

It could have got worse for The Bees when a free kick dropped to Barry Bannan, but he sliced an effort well wide and Brentford soon regrouped. They started to find passes through Wednesday’s lines, got Mathias Jensen and Josh Dasilva in to space in the centre of the field and put together some attacking possession. Jensen fired wide from distance and his next effort was deflected behind for a corner that Brentford made the most of.

Vitaly Janelt, on his first start for The Bees, delivered it from the right with his left foot and Toney got in front of the home defence to divert a header past Dawson. The delivery was perfect from Janelt, Toney created a fraction of space and his header was unstoppable. That gave The Bees a lead they took in to half time and it could have been more comfortable before the interval.

A cross-cum-shot from the increasingly influential Jensen just eluded Mbeumo and bent narrowly past the post before Ghoddos shot wide after getting on to a clever pass around the corner from Toney. Mbeumo, Toney and Ghoddos then combined to put Jensen in behind in the inside left channel, he was faced with only Dawson to beat but was unable to get the ball past the Wednesday goalkeeper. The resulting throw was worked to Dalsgaard 25 yards out and his shot fizzed just over the bar with Dawson a mere spectator.

Mbeumo had to make a block from a Reach shot when a free kick dropped loose but Brentford went in at half time with the lead and the initiative. And they had the better of the start of a second period that was stop-start. More free kicks were given by referee Darren Bond as the pace of the game dropped a fraction and both teams had made two substitutions before the hour mark. For The Bees this included Pontus Jansson limping out of the game with Mads Bech Sørensen introduced.

Brentford had seen more of the ball at the start of the second half and were generally playing in Wednesday territory. They also had a sight of goal when a low Jensen corner was met by Mbeumo 12 yards out, but his shot flew in to a forest of bodies and bounced clear. The Bees had the upper hand after the break. They were able to play their way up the pitch with more comfort than they could for most of the first half and while there were not many chances, they were on top.

There was a good opening after a long spell of possession when Jensen released Sergi Canós in the inside left channel, he cut the ball back to the arriving Toney and he bounced a shot just past the post. Canós then headed a Janelt corner wide with claims that he had been pushed waved away by Mr Bond. The game was increasingly losing its flow with the officials stopping for fouls more and more frequently.

Brentford were still looking for a third goal to give themselves breathing space and Dasilva almost grabbed it when he weaved in to the right side of the penalty area, cut back and shot just wide with Dawson again standing and watching. Dasilva did test Dawson soon after with another low shot but a pass to Toney or Canós may have been more effective. There was some late defending for The Bees to do but Sørensen and Pinnock headed everything away, Dalsgaard and Henry dealt with the Wednesday wide men and Raya swept up everything behind, which meant it was a relatively comfortable end to the game and a deserved three points.

Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson; Odubajo, Flint, van Aken; Harris, Bannan, Hunt (sub Pelupessy h/t), Reach; Paterson; Windass (sub Dele-Bashiru 51 mins), Marriott (sub Rhodes 72 mins)

Subs (not used): Wildsmith, Palmer, Börner, Kachunga

Bookings: Odubajo (73 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson (sub Sørensen 58 mins), Pinnock, Henry; Jensen, Janelt, Dasilva; Mbeumo (sub Canós 55 mins), Toney, Ghoddos (sub Fosu 77 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Thompson, Hammar, Forss

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Ticket News

Reminder of how fans get iFollow access to Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford

More details for those that froze their Season Tickets sent by email last week

13 October 2020

Supporters that chose to freeze their 2020/21 Season Tickets have received an email from the Club last week with details on how to watch our game at Sheffield Wednesday next week. The Bees will travel to Hillsborough next Wednesday, 21 October, for a game that will kick-off at 7.45pm. The game will, unfortunately, be behind closed doors but will be live on Sky Sports.

As part of our offer, which can be seen in full here, the 90 per cent of fans that opted to freeze their 2020/21 Season Tickets will get access to iFollow coverage of our home games and midweek away fixtures until the end of 2020. When a game is chosen for live coverage on Sky Sports, this access is given via a VIP service linked to a supporters’ email address. We have to compile a list of supporters and their email addresses for EFL Digital in order to give access to these games.

For our game at Sheffield Wednesday, this list will be sent tomorrow, Wednesday 14 October. In order to get access to the game, the email address held by the Club for a Season Ticket Holder must match an email address the EFL hold for an iFollow account. Fans can then sign in and watch the match without entering a code. An email has been sent to those that froze their Season Tickets with more details.

If you did not receive an email, please let us know

If you already have an iFollow account with the same email address as your Brentford FC ticketing account but do not know the password, please click here (please check your junk folder if you don’t receive an email to reset your password). Please note, your data will be passed to EFL Digital for the sole purpose of providing you access to iFollow. If you do not wish your data to be passed, please reply and we will remove you from this. In doing so, you will not receive VIP access, resulting in you not being able to watch the match. Our privacy policy can be viewed here.

We ask supporters to ensure the details in your ticketing account are up to date. Please log in to your ticketing account here. Please also check your communication preferences. You may have unsubscribed from email or text communications which overrides your preferences and means you may be missing out on key updates. Simply fill in your details here. If you have any queries, please email us at enquiries@brentfordfc.com.

If you are new to iFollow or would like a refresher on how to use it, please see our video below. For all other enquiries with iFollow, please contact the customer support team by emailing ifollow@efl.com or using the live chat service which can be found on the bottom right hand corner of our homepage.

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