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Match Preview: Port Vale vs Brentford

All the build-up to Saturday's Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie

7 January 2022



The Christmas Covid-19 cancellations in Sky Bet League Two have hit Port Vale hard with The Valiants last in action on 11 December.

Despite seeing their last four league games postponed, firstly because of an outbreak within their own squad, and then because of outbreaks within their opponent's camps, Vale still sit sixth in the table, four points off the automatic promotion spots with games in hand on all those around them.

The enforced break might have come at a good time for Darrell Clarke's side who had won just three of their previous eight in all competitions, after a run of just one defeat in 12 through September, October, and early November. 

Vale have shown their quality in the run to the Third Round, knocking out higher division opposition in both earlier rounds. They saw off Accrington Stanley 5-1 at Vale Park in Round One before a 2-1 win at Burton Albion last time out. 

Clarke's side have been highly efficient in front of goal this campaign. Despite only averaging the 15th highest shots per game in the fourth tier (11.7), they have the joint second-best goals per game (1.7). 

At the other end, their defence, which includes former Brentford Player of the Year, Leon Legge (below), has given up the fourth fewest shots per game (10.6) and have the division's fifth-meanest defence, conceding 23 in their 21 outings so far. 

Ben Garrity has popped up with seven goals from the centre of midfield this campaign with striker Jamie Proctor behind him on six. 


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Writing for Hot Off The Press, Stoke-On-Trent Live's Mike Baggaley told us: "[Darrell Clarke] likes to keep his cards close to his chest when it comes to team news, injuries and so on, but it’s fair to say that for the majority of the season so far, Vale have lined up in a 3-5-2. It has not looked like a defensive line-up with five at the back; the two wing-backs, Gibbons and Dave Worrall are attacking players, really, and it is a really effective, attacking system."


Thomas Frank confirmed on Thursday that Kristoffer Ajer (main picture) will start following a hamstring injury while Bryan Mbeumo is likely to also be involved after recovering from his calf issue. Sergi Canos (hamstring), Mathias Jensen (knock), and Rico Henry (hamstring) will just miss out while Zanka, Charlie Goode, Tariqe Fosu, (all hamstring), Josh Dasilva (hip), Julian Jeanvier and David Raya (both knee) remain longer-term absentees. Frank Onyeka is also unavailable as he has joined up with the Nigeria squad ahead of the African Cup of Nations 

Port Vale forwards James Wilson, Jamie Proctor and Devante Rodney are all sidelined with injuries, while defender Daniel Jones is suspended following his red card against Newport County last month. However, January addition Ryan Edmundson, who has joined on loan from Leeds United, could be handed his debut up front alongside Dennis Politic. Huddersfield Town striker Kian Harratt joined Vale this afternoon but may not be registered in time to feature tomorrow. 



A box-to-box midfielder, Darrell Clarke began his career with Mansfield Town in 1995, where he spent the first six years of his career, making 173 league and cup appearances. In 2001, he moved to Hartlepool United, where he spent another six years, making a further 136 appearances. He was sent out on loan to Stockport County, Port Vale, and Rochdale in the final years of his spell in the North East. After leaving Victoria Park he dropped into the non-league with Salisbury City, taking up the management position at the club in 2010. He led City to promotion into the Conference Premier from the Southern League with two play-off final victories in three seasons.

He was appointed manager of Bristol Rovers in March 2014, but could not prevent the club from dropping out of the English Football League. It would only be a one-year stay in the non-league for The Gas who won the Conference Premier play-off Final the following May. He followed that up with another promotion to League One 12 months later. At the time of his departure in December 2018, he was the fourth-longest serving manager in the EFL. He was appointed manager at Walsall in May 2019 but left the club last February to take over at Vale Park.


Port Vale defender James Gibbons told the press: “There's no hiding that they are going to come here and be a good side. We've got to be organised and play our game; we can't affect what they do.

The Premier League teams are the ones that you want to test yourself against. As a League Two player coming up against the best it's what you dream of when you are growing up.

"That's the magic of the FA Cup. It brings the top players down to the lower leagues and the lower league players thrive off it. Hopefully, it will be a good game. We are raring to go"



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Referee: Thomas Bramall

Assistant Referees: Adrian Waters and Mark Dwyer

Fourth Official: Marc Edwards

Port Vale 21/22

244 fouls - 14th in Sky Bet League Two

37 yellow cards - 14th in Sky Bet League Two

3 red cards - 5th in Sky Bet League Two


All adult supporters must self-declare and be able to show proof of an NHS COVID Pass or negative test result within the 48 hours leading up to kick-off.


There will be Pay on the Day. Tickets will be available for £18 Adult and £8 Juniors. Our hosts operate an away sales kiosk situated outside the away stand. It will open from 1pm for a 3pm kick off and is a cash only sales point. 


The only way to follow from Vale Park is with Mark Burridge and Ben Burgess on Bees Player. 

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Match Reports

Port Vale 1 Brentford 4

Bees make Emirates FA Cup progress

8 January 2022

Bryan Mbeumo came off the substitute’s bench to score a hat-trick and book Brentford a place in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round. Marcius Forss scored in a first half that Brentford dominated before Mbeumo took over. The second half was, arguably, more even but Mbeumo showcased some clinical finishing to see Brentford over the line.

The 4-1 final scored was probably a little harsh on Port Vale, who really tested Brentford at times. But The Bees proved a little too strong. They could have been further ahead at the break and made the most of their second half chances. Mbeumo scored two well-taken goals and then sealed his hat-trick from the penalty spot.

It did not take Brentford long to take control of the game, even if that did not turn in to an advantage on the score board immediately. The Bees dominated the centre of the pitch with Vitaly Janelt and Mads Bidstrup in command on and off the ball. Wing backs Fin Stevens and Dom Thompson joined in the attack whenever possible, and The Bees probed for openings.

The final pass was not always perfect in the opening exchanges and Brentford did not create as many chances as they could have with their possession. One break saw Forss dart away in the inside left channel, but he was unable to find Saman Ghoddos joining in support. A vital clearance from David Worrall stopped Thompson meeting a Stevens cross after a good turn by Forss as Brentford looked for a breakthrough.

Port Vale started with three at the back but were forced deeper by Brentford’s start. Their defence turned in to a back five with two deep midfielders also providing a shield and their work prevented Brentford finding other opportunities to create the first goal in the opening quarter of the contest. The Bees could have scored when Vale failed to deal with a long throw from Mads Bech. Stevens won the header and Forss was able to shoot, Yoane Wissa turned it towards goal, but Aidan Stone made a reaction save. The ball bounced back to Wissa, but he could not free his feet to tap in and Stone was able to gather.

The opening goal came 26 minutes in as Brentford once again strolled through midfield. Bidstrup latched on to a loose ball and ran fully 50 yards with the ball. He only needed one pass, to Forss in space to his left and the striker steadied himself before smashing in. The goal was clinically taken as Bidstrup made the most of a loose pass and Forss finished unerringly.

Vale had offered little in attack as they struggled to get enough of the ball to put The Bees under real pressure. Worrall, at right wing back, was their best outlet, and he tried to exploit space behind Thompson. One long ball did catch Brentford out and Worrall was able to round the onrushing Jonas Lössl, but the Port Vale man ran wide, and the cross was cleared. A cross-cum-shot from Worrall later in the half also failed to unduly trouble Brentford, who spent most of the first half on the attack.

The Bees could have scored a second when Kristoffer Ajer drove out from defence and found Stevens on the right. He cut a cross back to Wissa, who missed his kick and, instead, the ball reached Janelt at the far post. Janelt curled a shot back past Stone, but it was a fraction too high.

There was another chance at the very end of the first half when Vale failed to deal with a Janelt corner. Stone punched clear but only to Wissa, who lofted it back over him and watched as it hit the crossbar. Ajer picked up the loose ball, turned a shot powerfully, but Stone recovered to save and keep his team only one behind at the break.

And Vale were a different team after the interval. They were higher up the pitch out of possession and more aggressive when Brentford had the ball. They made it difficult for Brentford to build attacks and forced mistakes from The Bees. The home side had the better of the opening stages of the second period and could have levelled.

It took a fine tackle from Ajer to stop Tom Pett getting to a cross from Worrall and there was an even better chance soon after. Ben Garrity got away from Ethan Pinnock on the right and was able to pick out a cross, Pett once again met it but Mads Roerslev, recently introduced, was in the right place to block. The shot from Pett was fierce and from 15 yards, it would have tested Lössl but for the intervention of Roerslev, who replaced Ajer after an hour. Ajer, on his way back from a hamstring injury, walked off seemingly without issue.

Brentford had been unable to find much space in midfield in the second half with Vale snapping in to challenges. But some subtle movement created some space and gave them a second goal. A reverse pass from Bidstrup freed Janelt just inside the Vale half. His next pass put Mbeumo free with only Stone to beat. The striker steadied himself and slotted home to give Brentford breathing space.

But that only served to bring the game to the boil. The hosts pulled a goal back immediately and had their best spell of the contest. The goal came when Dennis Politic twisted and turned on the left and delivered a cross that was headed in by Kian Harratt. The Vale striker found space to meet the cross ten yards out and it looked like it flicked off Bech before settling in the corner, beating Lössl.

That goal came four minutes after Brentford’s first and The Bees had a tricky few minutes as the hosts pushed forward. Lewis Cass steered a shot just past the post when a Worrall cross was fed in to his path and Politic had a shot blocked. Mal Benning created another chance soon after when his cross was nodded on by Garrity. Worrall got to it at the far post and his shot was blocked by Lössl before bouncing away off the outside of the post.

Vale continued to press and Politic got on the end of a long ball, in the inside left channel, behind the Brentford defence. Lössl rushed out and Politic got past him but sliced his shot and Bech tidied up. Garrity also headed wide as Vale went searching for a leveller. A Ghoddos shot was saved at the other end, but Vale had the upper hand.

But Brentford held firm, and Mbeumo took control. Bidstrup and Shandon Baptiste created the space and Mbeumo moved forward. He strode on and smashed a shot that whistled past Stone, clipped the inside of the post and settled in the back of the net. Mbeumo showed his class and that just about settled the tie.

Brentford introduced Ivan Toney and Myles Part-Harris as they continued to push on and both had chances. A curling shot from Forss was pushed away by Stone. The ball bounced up for Peart-Harris, perhaps offside but allowed to go on, and Stone reacted quickly to save again.

The fourth, and Mbeumo’s hat-trick, did come soon after. Baptiste had a shot blocked and the ball bounced around the area. Eventually Toney was hacked down by Nathan Smith as he tried to wriggle free and Referee Thomas Bramall pointed to the penalty spot. Toney handed the ball to Mbeumo, and the penalty was rolled down the middle as Stone dived out of the way. Mbeumo had a hat-trick and Brentford had done the job.

There was still time for Tom Conlon to smash over from distance and Brad Walker to head wide while Toney attempted to beat Stone from 55 yards and the goalkeeper scrambled to recover. A fifth goal for Brentford would definitely have been unjust but there was no doubt The Bees did enough to progress. They will play in the Fourth Round at the start of next month.

Port Vale: Stone; Cass, Martin, Smith; Worrall, Pett (sub Walker 81 mins), Conlon, Gibbons (sub Benning 59 mins); Garrity; Wilson (sub Harratt 54 mins), Amoo (sub Politic 59 mins)

Subs (not used): Covolan, Bailey, Jones, McDermott, Burgess

Brentford: Lössl; Ajer (sub Roerslev 62 mins), Bech, Pinnock; Stevens, Ghoddos (sub Peart-Harris 81 mins), Bidstrup, Janelt (sub Baptiste 71 mins), Thompson (sub Toney 81 mins); Forss, Wissa (sub Mbeumo 62 mins)

Subs (not used): Fernández, Jansson, Nørgaard, Coombes-Young

Attendance: 8,069 (1,126 Bees fans)

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Emirates FA Cup tickets available at the ground tomorrow

Tickets for this weekend’s game against Port Vale will be available at Vale Park

7 January 2022

The Bees head to Vale Park tomorrow, Saturday 8 January, 3pm kick-off, for the Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie against Port Vale and a strong following of Bees fans have already bought their tickets to support Thomas Frank's team.  

While tickets are no longer available from our Box Office, it’s not too late to book your place. Match Tickets will be available to all Bees supporters on the day of the game. Tickets will be available for £18 Adult and £8 Juniors as there is a £2 increase in prices on matchday. Our host operate an away sales kiosk situated outside the away stand. It will open from 1pm for a 3pm kick off and is a cash only sales point. 

Our opponents have published guidance, having received guidance from Public Health England, to confirm that "as it stands, we do not anticipate our forthcoming Emirates FA Cup tie against Brentford will attract an attendance in excess of 10,000." 

Nevertheless, we would strongly encourage our fans travelling to the game to follow their usual matchday COVID-19 routines to help keep you and your fellow Bees fans safe. 

This means that we strongly recommend that all fans attending should carry out a lateral flow test on the morning of the game. You should not attend the match if you test positive for COVID-19 or you have symptoms. 

In addition, we recommend that you have evidence of your negative test result or your NHS COVID Pass in the event that you are checked over the course of the matchday. 

Face coverings should also be worn on public transport travelling to and from the match and within congested and covered areas at the stadium to help protect against transmission of the virus. 

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  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,900+TAPs: Thursday 16 December, 3pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 17 December

  • All Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders (subject to availability): Friday 17 December, 3pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Tuesday 21 December

  • All My Bees Members (subject to availability): Tuesday 21 December, 3pm (one per person, subject to availability)


Stand Adults
62 and over

Young Adults


Hamil Road £18 £13 £13 £8

The prices above are match day prices.


Coaches will depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford).

Departure time: 9.30am - 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 £30 £20

Coach bookings are now closed.

Terms and Conditions apply.


Fans with disabilities who are ambulant and are receiving medium or high ratings may have a helper with them free of charge. Prices are the same as the relevant age category. 

They may sit in the away stand, but please note, there are no facilities for supporters with disabilities available in this stand. There is a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities, which is a mixed supporter area, and is situated at the opposite end of the ground to the away stand. 

Tickets for this stand must be booked directly with Port Vale in advance by calling their Ticket Office on 01782 655821. Car parking at £10 for this stand can be booked with tickets if needed.


Security staff and turnstile operators have the right to refuse a supporter access to the ground if it is thought they are attempting to use an incorrect ticket. 
Matchday parking is priced as follows:
Cars £5 | Minibus £16 | Coach £25
All of them will need to be paid on the day (no advance booking). The main car park is situated outside the away stand. Additional parking is approx 3 mins walk away from the ground.


More information can be found online here.

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