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Match Preview: Brentford vs Forest Green Rovers

All the build up to tonight's Carabao Cup tie

24 August 2021

We begin our run in the Carabao Cup tonight, hosting Sky Bet League Two pace-setters Forest Green Rovers at the Brentford Community Stadium. Tonight's Second Round tie is a first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs so find out more about our opponents below.

THE OPPOSITION

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After losing in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs last term, Forest Green Rovers have started this season in rude health, boasting the EFL's only remaining perfect record. 

Rob Edwards' side have reeled off four straight league wins and knocked out Bristol City on penalties in Round One of this competition.

The free-scoring Rovers have found the net 15 times so far this campaign, including putting six past Crawley on Saturday. 

Matt Stevens (centre above) is the EFL's top scorer with five goals already while Nicky Cadden and Jamille Matt are on three each.

THE GAMEPLAN

Writing for Hot Off The Press Gloucestershire Live's Laurie Martin:

"Formation-wise, Edwards has settled on a pretty fun and fluid 3-4-1-2. He wants his side press high and to pin the opposition back into their half of the pitch, but they are also very slick when in possession. Ebou Adams (main image) plays in the No 10 role and he’s probably the most effective player in the side, with his direct running and ability to carry the ball up the pitch and win fouls.

The dynamic Adams, along with flying wing-backs Kane Wilson and Nicky Cadden, make Forest Green a real counter-attacking threat. I would expect a few changes from the league game against Crawley; Sadou Diallo, Jack Aitchison and Jake Young will all be pushing for starts"

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank has confirmed that former Forest Green star Ethan Pinnock will start and captain the side tonight. Mathias Jensen and Shandon Baptiste are both nearing a return from injury.

For Forest Green, Josh March and Jordan Moore-Taylor both took part in the warm-up on Saturday afternoon as they continue their recoveries. Highly-rated young defender Udoka Godwin-Malife is out with a collarbone injury. 

THE MANAGER

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Rob Edwards endured a stop-start playing career with injuries limiting him to just 235 appearances over an 11-year spell. He won promotion to the Premier League twice, once through the Play-Offs with Blackpool in 2009 and then a year later as Norwich City finished Championship runners-up, and was also capped 15 times by Wales between 2003 and 2006.

Nearly half of those professional games came in a four-year spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers with whom he began his coaching career, aged 30. A successful first season with the Under-18s saw him promoted to the first-team staff under, first, Kenny Jackett and then Walter Zenga. When the latter was sacked in October 2016, Edwards had a two-game spell as interim manager before returning to a coaching role at Molineux.

After a year managing hometown club AFC Telford, Edwards returned to Wolves as Under-23 Head Coach in July 2018, winning promotion to Premier League 2 Division 1 during his first season. An England Under-20 coaching job followed before he was appointed England Under-16 Head Coach in September 2020, a role he held until joining Forest Green this May. 

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

"We're looking forward to the game. It's going to be a great one for us," Rob Edwards told fgr.co.uk

"The lads deserve it after the last round where they worked really hard to get back into the game and win on penalties - so this is our reward. We'll go in with a lot of belief. We're in a good moment and we have good momentum too. Let's go and have a right good go."

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Will Finnie

Assistant Referees: Dean Treleaven and Christopher Wade

Fourth Official: Trevor Kettle

Forest Green Rovers 21/22

38 fouls - 16th in Sky Bet League Two

7 yellow cards - 6th in Sky Bet League Two

0 red cards - Joint-Fewest in Sky Bet League Two

MATCHDAY INFO

All tickets for tonight's game are PRINT AT HOME - there will be no tickets loaded onto any Brentford Cards. 

Tickets for tonight are on General Sale with supporters able to buy up to six tickets per person. 

Join us from just £10 adults and £5 for Under-18s

Buy your tickets here

MATCH COVERAGE

Due to broadcast regulations, tonight's game is not available to watch in the UK or internationally. 

The only way to follow the action away from the Brentford Community Stadium is with an iFollow audio match pass.

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Match Reports

Brentford 3 Forest Green Rovers 1

Bees make Carabao Cup progress

24 August 2021

Brentford came from behind to book a place in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup. The Bees trailed Forest Green Rovers at half time but scored three times in the final half hour. Yoane Wissa, Bryan Mbeumo and Marcus Forss got the goals as The Bees grabbed a 3-1 win.

It looked for stages as if Brentford may be beaten by the Sky Bet League Two side. Forest Green had the better of the first half and deserved their lead at the break, but Brentford responded. Half time changes made a difference and once The Bees got a hold on the game, they always looked likely to win the Second Round tie.

Forest Green started the game with an attacking outlook. They played with a narrow front three and their wide midfield players pushed high up to give them lots of options in attacking areas. They scored inside the first eight minutes and had already gone close earlier in the contest.

Their first chance came four minutes in when Nicholas Cadden crossed from the left and Ebrima Adams found space in the penalty area. The Forest Green attacker was unable to turn his shot towards goal but warned what was to come. The visitors went ahead moments later when Brentford failed to clear on the right side of their defence. Regan Hendry was denied a shooting chance by Mads Bech, but the ball dropped to Jack Aitchison and he smashed an effort, with maybe a slight deflection, past Álvaro Fernández and in to the net.

The goal came just seconds after it looked like Brentford would take the lead. Halil Dervişoğlu turned superbly in the centre of the field and set off towards goal. His pass released Forss, and the Brentford striker rounded goalkeeper Lewis Thomas but was forced too wide to shoot. His cross found the arriving Mads Bidstrup and his volley was superbly saved by Thomas. The Forest Green goalkeeper then got to his feet to keep out the follow-up shot from Dervişoğlu.

Thomas saved another header from Ethan Pinnock from the resulting corner and Forest Green went straight up the other end to score. That lead should probably only have lasted seconds as Forss released Wissa on the right after a nice run. Wissa had Dervişoğlu and Saman Ghoddos to pick out but overhit the cross and the ball ran away.

It was an all-action opening to the match. Forest Green worked extremely hard off the ball, preventing Brentford from building through the centre of the pitch. They kept their wide players in attacking areas, which forced Brentford’s full backs, particularly Mads Roerslev, to sit deeper and they won a lot of tackles in midfield at times when it looked like The Bees could break free. And when Brentford did get in to attacking areas, they did not always find the right pass or final shot.

Thomas saved at the feet of Forss after a quick free kick and Ghoddos headed a Dominic Thompson cross wide. Jake Young saw a volley deflect wide for the visitors and Josh March headed a cross from the excellent Cadden wide when he got to the ball ahead of Fernández. March had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes after replacing Sadou Diallo, who had taken a knock to his head after being hit by a wayward clearance and was unable to continue.

The delays while Diallo was taken off, and then when Bech was withdrawn later in the half, meant the first period lasted 53 minutes. It did only produce one goal, but there were other chances. Wissa burst from deep after good work by Dervişoğlu, but his low shot was saved by Thomas. Fernández saved from Opi Edwards and Bech, before he was taken off, sliced a shot well wide after a long throw was half cleared.

Brentford had shown enough in attacking areas to indicate they could score but Forest Green’s attacking play, especially on their left, was posing problems. Brentford made changes at the break with Sergi Canós and Frank Onyeka introduced. There was also a change of shape, with Vitaly Janelt stepping in to play in a back three, allowing Canós and Thompson to play as wing backs.

Brentford upped the tempo after the interval, with Onyeka and Janelt driving through the centre of the pitch and pushing Forest Green back. The game was being played more in Forest Green territory, with the visitors trying to counter-attack when they could. Hendry shot well over for Forest Green, but Cadden was now peripheral, with Canós and Kristoffer Ajer dominating that area of the pitch.

A run from deep from Janelt allowed Dervişoğlu to attack the edge of the penalty area, after an exchange of passes with Wissa he looked set to shoot but delayed too long and was crowded out. Canós had a shot blocked after good work by Dervişoğlu and Ghoddos. Canós then shot well over when a cross dropped in the penalty area.

The intensity of Brentford’s play was forcing Forest Green to defend but they almost grabbed a second goal when Hendry worked his way in to the penalty area on the left side. His ball flew across the face of goal, just missing the far post and eluding oncoming attackers. The ball could have run dead but Dominic Thompson got Brentford on the attack, to great effect.

Thompson darted down the left and enabled Brentford to build with Forest Green regrouping. The first attack came to nothing, but The Bees were on the attack and won it back. The ball was worked in and out of midfield and Ghoddos found Wissa on the edge of the penalty area, he turned free and shot left footed in to the far corner, out of the despairing reach of Thomas. Brentford built their attack from the back and levelled the game just past the hour mark.

With Onyeka dominating the centre of the pitch, Canós and Thompson driving from deep and Brentford keeping the pace up, the match had turned around. The Bees did not let up after the equaliser and pushed on, looking to ensure their path to the Third Round. Thompson shot over the bar before Mbeumo tried to release Forss with a through ball. That was blocked and Mbeumo stepped on to the loose ball, driving through the centre. He was left with only Thomas to beat and rolled the ball past him but just wide of the post.

Onyeka released Canós on the right soon after and the low shot was pushed away by Thomas. Wissa got on to the loose ball and teased a cross that Thompson met on the volley and Thomas again saved. Forss got to the loose ball and drilled it back, where Thomas again got a hand to it, pushing it down and eventually gathering.

The pressure had to tell, and Brentford got ahead for the first time with 15 minutes remaining. Thompson got in to space on the left again and delivered a cross that was a fraction ahead of Forss. It was, however, perfect for the arriving Mbeumo and he headed past a stranded Thomas and in to the net.

Forest Green tried to respond, and Taylor Allen shot wide, but they had expended so much energy, they had little left. And any chance they did have went when Adams lunged in two footed on Janelt in the centre of the pitch. Janelt was fortunate that little contact was made but referee Will Finnie had little option but to show a red card, given the force and recklessness of the challenge.

With a man advantage, Brentford pushed forward, and they got a third goal with four minutes remaining. Canós was the architect of this one with a superb run. He weaved his way down the right and teased his way past Allen and in to the penalty area. He cut the ball back to Forss and the striker fired high in to the roof of the net. Thomas got a hand to it but could not keep it out and the game was just about won.

Onyeka could have grabbed a fourth with a shot from distance, but it faded wide of the far post. There was time for Pinnock to leave the field early with a knock and ensure the game ended ten-a-side before Mr Finnie brought the contest to a close. Brentford had survived a scare and booked a place in the last 32.

Brentford: Fernández; Roerslev (sub Canós h/t), Bech (sub Ajer 45 mins), Pinnock, Thompson; Ghoddos, Bidstrup (sun Onyeka h/t), Janelt; Wissa, Forss, Dervişoğlu (sub Mbeumo 68 mins)

Subs (not used): Gunnarsson, Stevens, Peart-Harris

Forest Green Rovers: Thomas; Bernard, Moore-Taylor, Cargill; Edwards (sub Matt 79 mins), Diallo (sub March 34 mins), Hendry, Cadden (sub Allen 74 mins); Adams, Young (sub Wilson 59 mins), Aitchison

Subs (not used): McGee, Sweeney, Evans

Sent Off: Adams (81 mins)

Attendance: 12,137 (678 away fans)

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Ticket News

Carabao Cup tickets on General Sale today at 3pm

All fans can purchase up to six tickets per person for our Carabao Cup tie at 3pm today

20 August 2021

The Bees welcome Sky Bet League Two side Forest Green Rovers to West London on Tuesday, 24 August, for our first Carabao Cup tie of the season. Last time round, Thomas Frank and the lads reached the semi-final beating Southampton, Fulham and Newcastle United along the way.  

All fans will be able purchase up to six tickets per person for our Carabao Cup tie at 3pm today.  

If you are not a Season Ticket Holder or My Bees Member this is the best chance you have of watching The Bees this season, so don’t risk missing out and buy yours now. 

Hospitality is available for this game from £30 at 3pm. Find out more information here. 

Be ready to buy your tickets at 3pm today

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders: Tuesday 17 August, 3pm (guaranteed ticket, one ticket per person)  

  • My Bees Members: Wednesday 18 August, 3pm (Up to six tickets per eligible person, subject to availability)
    Fans who became members after the above on-sale date are not able to purchase their tickets online but can purchase their tickets over the phone or in person.
  • General Sale: Friday 20 August, 3pm (Up to six tickets per person, subject to availability) 

Large group bookings can be made by Season Ticket Holders and Members from today, Wednesday 18 August, 3pm and all fans from Friday, 20 August, at 3pm. Please contact tickets@brentfordfc.com to book via our box office. 

Premium Seat Holders were asked on Monday to register their interest to attend.

Don't forget to log in to your ticketing account to get priority access. Tickets are sold in line with current Government guidance - should that guidance change ahead of the fixture, all bookings are subject to alteration and we shall contact affected supporters as soon as possible.

TICKET ACCESS POINTS

Ticket prices

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All Areas* £10 £5 £10 £5
Dugout £15 £15 £15 £15
*Excluding Hospitality
  • No booking fees apply when buying online or person from the Box Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket) may apply when booking over the phone.

How to buy tickets

Buy online

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

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Closed on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 7pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • On all home matchdays, open 2.5 hours before kick-off until half-time and 30 minutes after full time (and 30 minutes after full time).
Disabled fans can purchase/request carers tickets by phone 07384892575, in person at the Box Office or email accessibility@brentfordfc.com (subject to availability)

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 accessibility@brentfordfc.com (subject to availability).

Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

Matchday Info

Supporters with Junior, Young Person and Senior tickets are reminded to bring ID to the stadium in the event of being asked for proof of age when entering the ground. Ages are as follows:

  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Customer Charter

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to availability and Terms and Conditions of issue apply. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations.

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