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31 July 2021 Venue Brentford Community Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Brentford vs West Ham United

A London derby for our first home friendly of the campaign

30 July 2021

We will welcome our biggest crowd yet to the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday for our first home friendly ahead of the new Premier League campaign. David Moyes' European-bound West Ham United are the visitors for the first of two home friendlies ahead of the season.

THE OPPOSITION

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West Ham United's 2020/21 season will certainly be one to remember having finished sixth in the division - their highest placing since returning to the Premier League in 2012. Recent campaigns have seen them battle around mid table, but a well drilled and talented squad saw them have an impressive season that they will hope to build on. 

Last season was only the second time in Premier League history that United had netted more than 60 goals with Michail Antonio and Tomáš Souček both hitting double figures. The 47 goals conceded also made it their best defensive season since 2009. 

The build-up to this campaign has been promising too. Tomorrow is The Hammer's sixth pre-season outing, with David Moyes' side winning three and drawing two of their games so far. Most impressive of those was last weekend's 6-2 win over Celtic which saw former Bee Said Benrahma find the target. 

The upcoming campaign will see West Ham compete in Europe for the first time since 2017 and Moyes has made moves to strengthen his squad with the addition of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from Paris St-Germain.

TEAM NEWS

Pontus Jansson, Christian Norgaard, and Mathias Jensen all returned to the training group this week at St George's Park meaning Thomas Frank has his full squad back in TW8. 

Angelo Ogbonna has a slight issue while Declan Rice is yet to feature in pre-season following the European Championships.

THE MANAGER

David Moyes is highly experienced at this level having tasted management in the Premier League first in 2002.

A promising spell with Preston North End saw him picked up by Everton and he remained there for 11 years before Manchester United came calling in 2013 as the Scot succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson. He departed Old Trafford after one season at the helm and opted to move to Spain to take charge of Real Sociedad.

In 2016, he moved to the north east of England to take charge of Sunderland and then West Ham in 2017 with the aim of saving them from relegation. He confirmed their place in the Premier League for the following campaign before departing in May 2018 after not being offered a new contract. He returned to East London in December 2019 as he replaced Manuel Pelligrini and he has since gone on to develop a talented group of players who will be looking for more in the new season.

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THE KIT

We will be wearing our new 2021/22 home shirt tomorrow afternoon.

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Priced at £49 for adults and £38 for juniors, this season’s kits are available for purchase online shop.brentfordfc.com. The Bees Store is now open from 9am to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

MATCHDAY INFO

Tickets for our friendly against West Ham are still available for Season Ticket Holders and My Bees Members until 12 noon tomorrow, Saturday.

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Match Reports

Brentford 0 West Ham United 1

Friendly defeat for Bees

31 July 2021

Brentford were beaten for the first time in their pre-season programme, losing to West Ham United. The Bees had won three and drawn one of their friendly matches before their first match on home soil but lost 1-0 to the East London side. Former Brentford attacker Saïd Benrahma scored the only goal of the game, curling home from distance in the second half.

It was a well-contested game that was settled by an excellent goal. Brentford had the upper hand for long periods and hit the post through Shandon Baptiste. But they could not find their way through, and West Ham took the win.

The visitors probably had slightly the better of the opening exchanges, but it was a first half of few chances and neither goalkeeper was overly tested. The first period was played more in Brentford territory, but The Bees were able to play on the counter-attack and got players up the pitch quickly. Wing backs Mads Roerslev and Rico Henry joined in the attack often, without being able to find a way through.

West Ham had control of the centre of the pitch with Vitaly Janelt and Frank Onyeka working hard to get Brentford the ball to go forward. Pablo Fornals, playing just behind Michail Antonio for West Ham, had a shot deflect wide and then saw another bounce in to the arms of Patrik Gunnarsson. The visitors looked to their left to Benrahma as often as they could, but Brentford largely dealt with their former team mate. Benrahma did find space 12 minutes in, but bent a shot wide.

West Ham had the ball in the net just past the half hour through Antonio, but the goal was ruled out for a handball earlier in the move by Benrahma. Brentford will have breathed a sigh of relief as they had not defended a ball in to the box well. Gunnarsson also saved from Ben Johnson later in the half as the visitors looked for a goal.

Brentford’s best chances came on the counter-attack. When Janelt won the ball high up the pitch, he crossed for Sergi Canós, and Marcus Forss was found inside the penalty area. But Craig Dawson came across to make a tackle, albeit his clearance looped just past his own post.

Canós forced Łukasz Fabiański in to a low save after a good run by Halil Dervişoğlu had given Roerslev space to cross. Onyeka then went on a mazy run up the pitch that looked set to lead to a shot, but he was crowded out by Manuel Lanzini and referee Darren England decided no foul had been committed. Onyeka had run half the length of the pitch and driven deep in to West Ham territory, but was unable to find a final shot or pass.

The game had got more even as the first half wore on and Brentford took the initiative after the restart. The hosts made five changes at the break and seemed to bring their front three a little narrower. That stopped West Ham building any forward momentum through the centre of the pitch and gave more room for Brentford’s wing backs, particularly Dominic Thompson on the left.

Dervişoğlu and Forss combined early in the second half on the edge of the West Ham penalty area. Forss drove in to space on the right side, but his cross-cum-shot was cleared. Forss had another shot blocked and Dervişoğlu curled wide before a pair of corners caused problems for West Ham. Fabiański punched cleared when Ethan Pinnock looped a header in. When Janelt delivered a flatter cross soon after, Pinnock again headed back and Fabiański flew out from his goal to punch clear. Thompson met a Roerslev cross on the volley soon after, but the ball hit a defender and flew away.

Brentford had taken control of the contest early in the second half, but it was West Ham that scored what proved to be the only goal, just past the hour mark. A Pinnock pass was intercepted and the ball broke to Benrahma, he turned in to space and curled a shot past David Raya and in to the top corner from 25 yards. The shot was unstoppable and came to be the defining moment of the match.

West Ham had a couple of efforts just before – Antonio smashing well wide and Conor Coventry firing off target after driving in to the penalty area – but the goal was against the balance of second half play. The visitors did almost score again when Coventry met a Fornals cross, but Raya tipped it over the bar. And it was Brentford that then took the upper hand.

The Bees came within a whisker of equalising when Baptiste ran from deep and let fly with a shot from 25 yards that left Fabiański stationary and smashed away off the post. And Baptiste was not done yet. He picked up the ball 40 yards out and strode on, beating three mean and weaving in to the penalty area, unfortunately, at the point he could have shot, he stumbled, and the ball ran away. Thompson got to it and delivered a cross that was met by Bryan Mbeumo, but Fabiański saved his header low down.

Mbeumo was crowded out as he tried to get on to an Ivan Toney pass inside the penalty area. Toney got on to the loose ball, but his shot deflected in to the arms of Fabiański. Benrahma set up Antonio to shoot wide but there was little goal mouth action in the later stages. Brentford were on the front foot but failed to trouble Fabiański.

It took a fine tackle from Pinnock as Antonio looked to weave through and at the other end Tariqe Fosu had a shot blocked. He then tried to work a shooting chance but was prevented from getting an effort away. That was the last action of the afternoon as West Ham left with the win.

Brentford: Gunnarsson (sub Raya h/t); Goode (sub Jansson h/t), Sørensen (sub Nørgaard 61 mins), Pinnock; Roerslev (sub Stevens 80 mins), Onyeka (sub Baptiste h/t), Janelt (sub Toney 61 mins), Henry (sub Thompson h/t); Canós (sub Ghoddos h/t), Forss (sub Fosu 73 mins), Dervişoğlu (sub Mbeumo 61 mins)

West Ham United: Fabiański; Fredericks, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell; Johnson (sub Noble h/t), Coventry, Lanzini (sub Alves 68 mins), Benrahma; Fornals; Antonio

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Ticket News

Last chance to get West Ham Tickets

Tickets for our pre-season friendly against The Hammers are now on sale to Season Ticket Holders and My Bees Members

31 July 2021

Tickets for our match against West Ham United today, Saturday 31 July, are available to Season Ticket Holders and My Bees Members only for £10 Adults and £5 Juniors until 12noon.

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On sale dates

  • Season Ticket Holders: Monday 19 July, 4pm (one per person)
  • My Bees Members: Monday 19 July, 4pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Fans who became members after the on-sale date are not able to purchase their tickets online but can purchase their tickets over the phone or in person.
  • Seat Hold Deadline: Monday 26 July, 12noon (find out more information about buying your reserved seats (including those for your friends and family) and printing your tickets here)

Please note: Season Ticket Holders and Members need to log in to their ticketing account to get their priority access. Tickets will be 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.

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TICKET ACCESS POINTS

Ticket Prices

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All areas* £10 £5 £5

*Including Dugout and excluding all Premium areas

How to buy tickets

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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 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 0333 005 8521, or in person at the Box Office (subject to availability). If you have any queries relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com 

Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or Junior), and then contact the Box Office team to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket.

No booking fees for online purchases at tickets.brentfordfc.com and when buying in person from the Box Office.
 
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:

  • Juniors – under 18 (as of the 1 August)
  • Young Persons - 18-24 (as of the 1 August)  
  • Seniors – over 65 (as of the 1 August) 

Car parking spaces are available for this game with our car parking partner Event Support Team here. Spaces must be pre-booked - it won't be possible to just turn up on the day.

Please ensure that you read any guidance relating to Covid-19 carefully before you come to the stadium.

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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