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Match Preview: Stoke City vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tomorrow's trip to the Bet365 Stadium

23 October 2020

We head to the Bet365 Stadium tomorrow afternoon looking to complete a perfect week in the Sky Bet Championship. After victories over Coventry City and Sheffield Wednesday, Michael O'Neill's Stoke City are next up. Below you will find all the info ahead of tomorrow's encounter.

THE OPPOSITION

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Stoke City boss Michael O'Neill is a fortnight shy of a year in charge at the Bet365 Stadium and The Potters continue to make big strides forward under the former Northern Ireland boss. 

O'Neill dragged City away from the relegation zone last season, losing just three of the final 13 games to end the season in 15th place, and has carried that form into this campaign. The Potters have been beaten just once in all competitions so far, that coming at home to Bristol City in September. 

They are yet to win on home soil in the league following recent draws against Birmingham City and Barnsley but have taken seven points from a possible nine on their travels, without conceding.

They, like us, are still in the Carabao Cup, a Last Eight tie against Tottenham Hotspur their reward for wins over Blackpool, Gillingham, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Aston Villa.  

Until Wednesday's 2-2 draw against Barnsley, no Stoke game this season had seen more than two goals, with both sides scoring in only three of their previous 17 matches, a run that stretches back to June. 

TEAM NEWS

There will be no Christian Norgaard and Mads Roerslev tomorrow while Shandon Baptiste, Charlie Goode, and Emiliano Marcondes all missed the midweek win over Sheffield Wednesday. Pontus Jansson [hamstring] is a doubt after he was forced off at Hillsborough.

Stoke also have a number of concerns ahead of the weekend. Skipper Sam Clucas [shin] is touch and go as are James McClean [foot], Jordan Cousins and Morgan Fox [calf] after all four missed the midweek draw against Barnsley. Nathan Collins is available after a successful red card appeal while Joe Allen and Ryan Shawcross are among the long-term absentees. 

THE MANAGER

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Michael O’Neill made more than 450 appearances, scoring 72 goals, in a playing career that saw spells at 12 clubs in four countries. He played in the English top flight for Newcastle United and Coventry, won the Football League Trophy with Wigan Athletic in 1999, and did a domestic treble at Glentoran in 2003. He also earned 31 caps for his nation, scoring four goals, before retiring in 2005.

He then moved into management with Brechin City before a hugely successful spell at Shamrock Rovers. In 2011, he made history by being the first League of Ireland manager to guide his side to the group stages of a European competition. His impressive record caught the eye of the Northern Ireland national team and he took charge later that year. He guided the nation to its first ever European Championship in 2016, eventually bowing out to Wales in the Last 16. Following his appointment at Stoke, O’Neill intended to continue with Northern Ireland for the remainder of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying. However, the postponement of Euro 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic led to his resignation as Northern Ireland boss in April. 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 Pete Smith from Stoke-on-Trent Live previews The Potters

⚖ Keith Stroud will be the man in charge tomorrow

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Match Reports

Stoke City 3 Brentford 2

Bees beaten away from home despite late rally

24 October 2020

Two late goals from Marcus Forss was unable to prevent Brentford slipping to defeat against Stoke City on a wet and windy autumnal afternoon. The Bees fell behind early on and Stoke never let that lead slip. It was 2-0 before half time and 3-0 early in the second period as the home side showed their ruthlessness in the final third, making the most of their attacking possession to punish Brentford.

And there was no doubt that the better team won on the day. Brentford were unable to build any momentum and conceded goals, particularly the second and third, at times when they looked like they might be able to take the initiative. John Obi Mikel patrolled the midfield like a man who had won the UEFA Champions League and Brentford only had real control when his intensity dropped off in the final stages. Forss got his two goals to give hope of an unlikely point but Stoke had already done enough.

Stoke took the lead the first time they went on the attack. James McClean started it with a clever touch to move away from Henrik Dalsgaard and was able to attack a Brentford defence pulled out of shape. He was held up on the edge of the penalty area but fed the ball to his left where Tyrese Campbell delivered a cross for Steven Fletcher to head in. Brentford never recovered from that first burst from McClean and Stoke had the lead.

That goal came ten minutes in and was just about the only thing to happen in the first quarter of the contest. Brentford began the game with three central defenders and they had a lot of the ball, but whenever they played it forward, Stoke swarmed on them. It was hard for Josh Dasilva and Vitaly Janelt to progress up the pitch from the centre of the pitch and Brentford’s front three did not get many early touches.

Stoke were working incredibly hard off the ball. Mikel and Jordan Thompson in the centre of the field stopped Brentford building any momentum and with a lead to defend, the home side were often content to move in to a back five and invite The Bees to try and find a way through. As the half wore on, Brentford were able to put together some attacking possession, but they were 2-0 down by the break and almost out of the game.

The second goal came when The Bees lost the ball in their own half. Campbell picked up possession and fed it to McClean on the left, he let fly with a shot that flicked off Charlie Goode, wrong-footed David Raya and nestled in the back of the net. Stoke had not done a lot to get themselves 2-0 up but had control of the contest for most of the first period and had limited Brentford to few attacks.

The closest Brentford came to a first half goal was when Ivan Toney diverted a Dasilva pass in to the path of Sergi Canós but Adam Davies darted from his goal to gave at the feet of the Brentford attacker. There was a series of corners midway through the half that almost resulted in a goal. Ethan Pinnock had an effort deflected wide and there was pushing, shoving and pulling that saw bodies everywhere but referee Keith Stroud deem no offence had been committed.

Dalsgaard also had an effort blocked for The Bees but by the time the game reached the interval, Stoke were well worth a two-goal lead and it could have been worse. Jacob Brown headed a cross straight at Raya and Campbell had an effort blocked after the home side won the ball in Brentford territory. Brentford did end the half pushing Stoke back but the damage had been done and it was a long way back in the second period.

The Bees made substantial changes at the interval. Mathias Jensen and Bryan Mbeumo were introduced, and Brentford switched from a back three to a back four. Jensen was slotted in to the centre of midfield to reinforce that area and The Bees started the second period well. Dasilva lofted an effort narrowly over the bar and space was created for Canós to shoot from 20 yards but he failed to really trouble Davies.

But just when Brentford appeared to be building up a head of steam, Stoke struck again. The ball was played long and Campbell got on to it in the left-wing area. He created space, cut inside and bent a shot out of the reach of Raya and in to the far corner. It was a goal out of nothing and seemed to have completely killed off Brentford.

Ivan Toney had a header blocked from a Dasilva cross and Mbeumo then got in behind and appeared to be well placed to score, but he cut back and James Chester was able to make a tackle. Fletcher had a shot blocked for the home side before Brentford finally found a way through. A clever flick from Toney sent a pass from Dasilva in to the path of Forss, he raced clear and blasted a shot past Davies and in to the net.

That goal came with 20 minutes remaining and Brentford upped their tempo as they looked to salvage something from the contest. They pushed Stoke back for a concerted period for the first time and worried the home side. Mbeumo thought he was through on goal before the flag of an assistant pulled him back and Dasilva curled a shot just over the bar. A Canós effort flew just wide and Dalsgaard met a Mbeumo corner with a header that might have flown in if Harry Souttar had not made a block inside his six-yard box.

Brentford had moved to play two up front at this point and Dasilva and Jensen were controlling the game in deeper midfield roles. Mbeumo flicked a Canós cross wide of goal and away from supporting players while Sam Vokes headed over at the other end. Brentford were pushing but the second from Forss was one Stoke presented to them. Souttar played a back pass that lacked power and Forss nipped in, he rounded Davies and then scored from an increasingly tight angle. It was a superb finish and gave The Bees four minutes to earn a point, but that time quickly slipped away and Stoke had the win.

Stoke City: Davies: Souttar, Collins, Chester; Smith, Mikel, Thompson, McClean; Brown (sub Oakley-Boothe 87 mins), Fletcher (sub Vokes 81 mins), Campbell (sub Tymon 73 mins)

Subs (not used): Gunn, Batth, Gregory, Powell

Bookings: Fletcher (81 mins), Oakley-Boothe (88 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Goode, Pinnock, Sørensen (sub Jensen h/t); Dalsgaard, Dasilva, Janelt (sub Forss 64 mins), Henry; Canós, Toney, Ghoddos (sub Mbeumo h/t)

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

Bookings: Toney (40 mins)

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