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Aston Villa 1 Brentford 1

Bees secure away point as Toney grabs goal

28 August 2021

Brentford continued their unbeaten start to the 2021/22 Premier League season with a draw against Aston Vila. The Bees took an early lead when Ivan Toney got his first goal of the season, but Villa struck back. Emiliano Buendía equalised for the home side and 1-1 was how it finished.

Brentford probably shaded it overall but both teams had chances to score the crucial third goal. Vitaly Janelt had the ball in the net but was adjudged to have impeded Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez. David Raya had some saves to make but The Bees had the better of the second period and looked the most likely winner.

The match burst to life almost from kick-off. Both sides looked to get on the front foot and have their attacking players involved in the game early on. Villa looked mostly to Anwar El Ghazi on their left, in the space behind Brentford right wing back Sergi Canós and the home side had a little more of the ball in an opening quarter of the contest that saw the two goals and could have seen more.

It was Brentford that took the lead inside the first seven minutes. The goal came from a corner on the Brentford left that was cleared as far as Canós. The wing back took a touch and drilled the ball in low, a flick from Pontus Jansson diverted it to Toney and he placed a shot past Martínez and in to the top corner. Toney was able to measure a shot to perfection and Martínez had no chance.

The Bees had sight of goal earlier when a long throw was half cleared and Saman Ghoddos had a shot blocked. When Ghoddos won possession in Villa territory just after Toney’s strike, he could have created a second goal. Toney was able to run at the defence and had a shot blocked, when a pass to Bryan Mbeumo may have been a better option.

Brentford’s work off the ball in the early stages was causing the hosts problems. They were struggling to build from the back and through midfield and instead went long, to great effect. Danny Ings was able to run in to the inside left channel and hold play up. He played a one two with El Ghazi and picked out Buendía, joining the play. Buendía had the time to turn in to space and let fly with a shot that ripped in to the net. Buendía had too much time and space for Brentford’s liking and although Raya got a hand to his shot, he could not keep it out.

Set pieces were proving to be a key part of the game with both teams taking the time to prepare for dead balls and deliver them well. Ezri Konsa flicked on a Buendía corner, and it took a vital clearance inside the six-yard box to stop a second Villa goal. Christian Nørgaard almost got on to a long throw at the other end but Axel Tuanzebe got there just in time to prevent the Brentford man scoring from close range.

Mbeumo got on to a Ghoddos pass but was denied by Martínez, albeit an offside flag may have been up. There was a better save from Raya at the other end. El Ghazi teased his way down the left and got in a cross that Tuanzebe and Konsa challenged for, it dropped to Ings, but his shot was excellently blocked at point-blank range by Raya.

The pace of the game did not let up as half time approached. It remained a very even contest with both teams having chances and looking to attack. And although the first period ended all square, it probably shouldn’t have done.

Raya saved a Tuanzebe header from another good Buendía set piece, but it was Brentford who should have gone in ahead. They had a goal disallowed by referee Peter Bankes, after a check with video assistant referee Lee Mason, when Vitaly Janelt nipped the ball off Martínez when he tried to clear and rolled it home. The officials decided Janelt had prevented Martínez completing a clearance and an offence had been committed.

The better chance for The Bees fell to Rico Henry. Janelt and Toney battled for the ball in Villa territory and the former stepped in to space. He found Henry overlapping on the left and with a sight of goal. Henry cut across the ball a fraction and faded a shot past the far post when he would have expected to hit the target.

The pace of the game did drop a fraction after the break and Brentford were more measured in possession. The Bees started to dominate the ball with Villa forced back and playing on the counter-attack. The game was more stop-start after the interval, with more fouls awarded by Mr Bankes and four cautions in 11 minutes as the free kick count mounted.

There were few chances at the start of the second period, but the ones that came, went to Brentford. Mbeumo made the most of some dithering by Matty Cash and got in to the penalty area. Cash appeared to handle the ball, but Mbeumo was allowed to go on and pulled a shot across the face of goal.

A run from Canós set up another attacking opportunity, as he spread the play to Henry on the opposite flank. The ball fell to Ghoddos inside the penalty area, but his shot was blocked. Canós also had a shot blocked after a run from deep.

Both teams made changes in the later stages as they looked for the winner. Brentford introduced Yoane Wissa and gave Premier League debuts to Mathias Jensen and Shandon Baptiste, back from injury. Villa brought former Brentford striker Ollie Watkins on to the pitch and both sides mixed up their formations in the later stages as they looked for a winner.

El Ghazi fired over after cutting inside and Ethan Pinnock looked set to meet a Jensen corner but was unable to get enough power on it. Canós had another shot blocked after being set up by Toney and Jensen, but the last chances went to Watkins. He failed to get enough power on a far post header to beat Raya before leading a breakaway. Brentford got bodies back to hold it up and when the shot eventually came in, Raya saved, and ensured the game finished level.

Aston Villa: Martínez; Cash, Konsa (sub Hause 89 mins), Tuanzebe, Targett; Douglas Luiz; Buendía, Chukwuemeka (sub Nakamba 63 mins), Young (sub Watkins 79 mins), El Ghazi; Ings

Subs (not used): Steer, Hourihane, Guilbert, Philogene-Bidace, Archer, Ramsey

Bookings: El Ghazi (50 mins), Cash (61 mins), Ings (72 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós, Nørgaard, Ghoddos (sub Wissa 66 mins), Janelt (sub Baptiste 89 mins), Henry; Toney, Mbeumo (sub Jensen 80 mins)

Subs (not used): Fernández, Stevens, Thompson, Bidstrup, Forss, Dervişoğlu

Bookings: Toney (52 mins), Nørgaard (60 mins), Janelt (75 mins)

Attendance: 42,045

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Aston Villa Tickets available to Members at 10am tomorrow 

My Bees Members will be able to secure their place for this away fixture at 10am tomorrow

19 August 2021

The Bees head to Birmingham on Saturday 28 August for our away Premier League fixture against Dean Smith’s Aston Villa. My Bees Members yet to purchase their ticket will be able to secure their place for this away fixture at 10am tomorrow, Friday 20 August, on a first-come, first-served basis. We have brought this window forward from the original schedule. Tomorrow’s opportunity to buy tickets will be non-guaranteed and subject to availability.  


The online sales window will then close at 3pm tomorrow (Friday 20 August). Following this all sales will be at the Box Office only. This enables the Club to send all tickets out this week.

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Please note: to get priority access to your Match Tickets you will need to log in to your ticketing account before purchasing. You also need to be a My Bees Member before 9am on Friday 20 August to buy your tickets online. Alternatively, you will need to purchase your ticket over the phone or in person at the Box Office.  


Terms and conditions will apply to your Match Tickets.


  • Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders with 3,250+TAPs: Monday 16 August, 2pm (guaranteed ticket, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Wednesday 18 August

  • A selection of My Bees Members: Monday 16 August at 2pm (guaranteed ticket, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Wednesday 18 August
    We’ve emailed My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game and given the opportunity to buy their ticket. Members can check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account hereRegister your interest to the away games

  • Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders with 1500+ TAPs: Wednesday 18 August at 2pm (non-guaranteed ticket, one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 19 August

  • All Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders: Thursday 19 August at 12 noon (non-guaranteed ticket, one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 20 August

  • All My Bees Members: Friday 20 August at 10am (non-guaranteed ticket, one per person, subject to availability)

Due to limited availability, tickets for this game are only available to Season Ticket/Premium Seat Holders and My Bees Members. 


Tickets are available until Thursday 26 August at 5pm (Subject to availability).

Ticket allocation: 2,836, plus 8 Wheelchair + carer tickets 




Block Adults  Seniors
(over 65) 


Students/Armed Forces

Under 18

Q1, Q2, Q3,

P9, P10, P11

£30 £22 £19 £22 £11

*£1 off ticket prices for Restricted View seats

Disabled prices -

These tickets are located with Aston Villa fans in the home section and are charged as below. They are also entitled to bring a personal assistant free of charge. 

Block Adults  Seniors
(over 65) 


Students/Armed Forces

Under 18


£28 £22 £19 £22 £11

Supporters under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult when entering Villa Park.

Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.


There will be a limited number of Brentford FC coaches available for this game. Coaches depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford).

Departure time: 10.30am - please arrive promptly as we are not able to wait for late arrivals

No alcohol will be permitted on the coaches.

  Adults Seniors and Juniors
Prices £35 £25

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 24 August.

More information will be emailed to each purchaser ahead of the game. Terms and Conditions apply.

Included are 10 Car Park spaces for visiting disabled supporters located in our Away Coach Park, this is across the road from the visitor’s turnstiles. Car Park spaces are charged at £7 each.

Please read Aston Villa's supporters guide here.



available online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Ticket Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Close on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 6pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • On all home matchdays, 2.5 hours before kick-off until half-time and 30 minutes after full time

Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP and require a complimentary carer’s ticket should go ahead and purchase their own ticket first (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or Junior), and then contact the Box Office team to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. Disabled supporters can request complimentary carers’ tickets in addition to their own ticket by phone on 07384 892575, in person at the Box Office or by emailing (subject to availability).

A £2.50 booking fee applies per transaction for online purchases at and when buying by phone. (No booking fees apply if buying in person from the Box Office).


More information can be found online here.

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