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Match Preview: Norwich City vs Brentford

All the build-up to our Norwich City clash

5 March 2022

We make the trip to East Anglia this afternoon to take on our former boss Dean Smith and his Norwich City charges. The Canaries head into today's game on the back of four straight defeats, most recently against Liverpool in the Emirates FA Cup on Wednesday, but can close the gap to safety to just two points today. Below you will find all the info ahead of the big match.

THE OPPOSITION

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That Norwich City remain in touch at the bottom of the table going into this afternoon's game is impressive in itself, given that they picked up just two points from their opening ten Premier League games, a run that ultimately cost Daniel Farke his job. 

Since former Bees boss Dean Smith took over in mid-November, the East Anglian outfit have picked up 12 points from 15 matches, seven of which came in a three-game run against Everton, Watford, and Crystal Palace at the start of 2022. 

City have been streaky this season. All 17 of their points have come in two game, four game, and three game unbeaten runs which have been sandwiched in between six game, two game, five game, and three game losing runs. 

Norwich are the Premier League's lowest scorers (15) from the lowest number of shots per game (10.8). They also give up the second most shots per game (16.2). Their 55 goals conceded is the second-most in the division, not helped by shipping four or more on four occasions this season. 

Talismanic striker Teemu Pukki leads their scoring charts with six. At the other end, Grant Hanley (above) averages the fifth-most clearances (5) and second-most blocks (1.3) per game of all Premier League players. 

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press, Connor Southwell of the Eastern Daily Press, said: "What we have, largely, seen from [Dean Smith] is a 4-3-3. Norwich won the games against Watford and Everton playing 4-4-2 but that was mostly because they didn’t have any fit midfielders, so he had to strip it back completely. Subsequently, they have lost Adam Idah for the rest of the season to a knee injury, so they have only got Teemu Pukki (above) to lead the line. I would expect something like this: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams, Normann, McLean, Rupp, Rashica, Sargent, Pukki"

TEAM NEWS

Josh Dasilva begins his three-game suspension this afternoon but that's the only absentee after Christian Eriksen, Ivan Toney, and Zanka all made the matchday squad last weekend against Newcastle United. 

For Norwich City, Max Aarons and Brandon Williams are available after sitting out City's FA Cup defeat at Liverpool on Wednesday. Ozan Kabak is also in contention but Adam Idah (knee) and Andrew Omobamidele (back) will miss out.

MATCH FACTS

  • Norwich City earned their first Premier League win of the season in the reverse fixture against Brentford in November. They can complete a first league double over the Bees since 1959/60.
  • Teemu Pukki's only league goal for Norwich against Brentford came in the reverse fixture this season. The Finnish striker has never scored home and away Premier League goals against an opponent in a single campaign before.
  • Since beating Aston Villa 2-1 in January, Brentford have picked up just one point from their last 24 available in the Premier League (W0 D1 L7). The Bees' run of eight matches without victory is the longest current winless run in the competition.
  • Pontus Jansson has played 2,422 minutes, more than any other outfield player in the Premier League this season. The Brentford defender has only missed eight available minutes, at Molineux in September, when he was substituted off after 82 minutes.

THE MANAGER

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There'll be a very familiar face in the home dugout this afternoon with former Bees boss Dean Smith now in charge of The Canaries. 

Smith joined Brentford in November 2015, leading us to ninth, tenth, and ninth in his three seasons in charge. A fine start to the 2018/19 campaign saw boyhood club Aston Villa come calling in October 2018 with The Bees sixth in the Championship. 

He took Villa from 14th to promotion via the Play-Offs in his first season. Surviving their maiden campaign back in the top-flight, they then reached the 2020 Carabao Cup Final, losing 2-1 to Manchester City. Aston Villa improved to 11th last season but a five-game losing run saw the 50-year-old depart Villa Park on 7 November, taking over at Carrow Road a week later.

Smith made his name as a player at Leyton Orient, playing 309 times for The O's during a six-year stay in East London. He also had spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Port Vale before returning to Brisbane Road to begin his coaching career. 

He spent four years as Martin Ling's Assistant Manager before returning to another of his former clubs, Walsall, in 2009 to take up a role as Head of Youth. Two years later he stepped up to the main job at The Bescot, his five-year reign seeing The Saddlers establish themselves in League One while also bringing through the likes of Rico Henry and Romaine Sawyers. 

MEMORABLE MEETING

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn

Fourth Official: Gavin Ward

VAR: John Brooks

Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

Norwich City 21/22

244 fouls - 15th in Premier League

42 yellow cards - 14th in Premier League

1 red card - 10th in Premier League 

MATCHDAY INFO

The away Supporters' area is located in blocks F, G, and H of the South Stand, turnstiles 51-57, next to the Holiday Inn. 

Bags larger than 40cm x 35cm x 19cm (small bag/handbag) will not be allowed into the stadium.

Read our Travel Guide

HOW TO FOLLOW

Today's game will be shown around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if it is on where you are

The only way to follow in the UK is through Bees Player. Legendary Bees striker Robert Taylor, scorer of 74 goals in 212 matches, joins Mark Burridge for live commentary from Carrow Road. 

Wherever you are around the globe, you can always keep across the action on Twitter and Instagram feeds.  

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Match Reports

Norwich City 1 Brentford 3

Toney hat-trick gives Bees away win

5 March 2022

Ivan Toney grabbed Brentford’s first Premier League hat-trick as The Bees picked up a vital victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road. The striker volleyed in from a corner to put The Bees ahead in the first half and then scored two penalties after the interval to seal the win. Norwich pulled one back, but The Bees took the points.

It was an enthralling match with no shortage of incident. As well as four goals, two of them penalties, there were two more disallowed and a series of yellow cards. It was competitive and combative, and Brentford came out on top, winning 3-1 with Toney scoring Brentford’s first top-flight treble since 1937 and taking his tally for the season to 11.

It was an all-action start to the contest with chances at both ends inside the first ten minutes. The first went the way of the hosts, who should have scored inside two minutes. A pass from Ethan Pinnock was intercepted by Billy Gilmour and he exchanged passes with Teemu Pukki before setting up Milot Rashica 12 yards out. Rashica only had David Raya to beat, but the Brentford goalkeeper got down well to save low, and Gilmour smashed the loose ball over the crossbar.

Raya had earlier saved a shot from Kenny McLean that Christian Nørgaard had got a block on, and he saved a low near post shot from Pukki later in the half. But there were also chances at the other end. Bryan Mbeumo volleyed a cross from Christian Eriksen wide at the near post and Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul got down well to save a shot from Sergi Canós.

There was a similarity in styles from the sides, both playing 4-3-3 formations. There was patient play in their own territory and an attempt to play through midfield. Brentford sometimes went longer, with Eriksen finding space to release Mbeumo on the right, who was supported by Kristoffer Ajer on the overlap. The Bees had a sight of goal when Pinnock headed an Eriksen corner back, but Mbeumo’s volley was saved.

Norwich probably had the slight upper hand as the game approached the half hour. Ajer had blocked a Rashica shot, and Raya had got down well to hold on to an effort from Gilmour. Joshua Sargent also fired over the crossbar. The home side may have had a fraction more of the ball and territory, but it was Brentford that struck first.

It came from possession on the right side when Eriksen, Mbeumo and Ajer linked. They won a throw in that was propelled in to the penalty area by Pinnock. It dropped to Canós on the edge of the box and his shot was arrowing in to the corner before it was pushed away by Krul. Eriksen floated the corner towards the near post, Ajer flicked in on and Toney volleyed in from close range. The delivery was perfect, the flick on took out the defence and Toney was able to steer it past Krul and Brandon Williams on the line.

Eriksen almost created a second goal for Canós with a delightful reverse pass. Canós cut inside Sam Byram but was crowded out before he could shoot. The pair linked again later in the half when Canós went flying down the left, away from Byram. He set up Eriksen for a shot that was blocked. Vitaly Janelt also saw a shot fly over the bar as half time approached.

Norwich tried to respond immediately after falling behind with a Grant Hanley headed blocked. The ball was recycled and Rashica let fly from the edge of the box, but Pontus Jansson made a superb block. The Bees ended the half strongly, playing on the front foot and with the lead and minutes in to the second half, they had a second

It came from another Eriksen corner, which he lifted in to the near post. Jansson got a head to it and diverted it across the face of goal but received a boot to the head from Ben Gibson in the process. Referee Anthony Taylor was instructed by Video Assistant Referee John Brooks to look at the incident again. After reviewing it, Mr Taylor pointed to the spot. There was lengthy delay while Krul tried to psyche Toney out, but the Brentford man won the battle. He drilled the spot kick to Krul’s right as the goalkeeper toppled to his left and The Bees were two up.

That came in a frenetic start to the second half where Mr Taylor and Mr Brooks were the centre of attention. The home side had appeals for a penalty when Williams stood stock still inside the penalty area and allowed Mbeumo to run in to him. Mr Taylor decided no foul had been committed and Mr Brooks agreed.

The Bees went two up moments later and there was another penalty appeal soon after. This time Pinnock challenged McLean for a dropping ball. Pinnock kicked ball and man and both Mr Taylor and Mr Brooks decided that the Brentford defender had met the ball first, meaning Norwich only had a throw on. The anger of the hosts was further raised when The Bees scored a third soon after.

Nørgaard picked a pass in midfield and a dummy from Canós allowed Toney a run in the inside left channel. Gibson came across to make a challenge and Mr Taylor decided a foul had been committed. This was, again, checked by Mr Brooks and the spot kick was awarded. Krul once again played games on his line and Toney once again smashed the ball to his right. Krul went the correct way this time, but the kick was too powerful, and Toney had his hat-trick.

That was by no means the end of the action. Raya was forced in to saves from Pukki and Byram before the home side thought they had one back. Brentford were penned in their penalty area and then failed to clear a cross. Rashica let fly with a shot from 15 yards that fizzed across the turf and beat Raya low to his right. The teams were lined-up to resume the game, but Mr Brooks was checking. He found that Pukki was offside from the initial cross and the goal was ruled out.

It had been a stop-start second period, punctuated by the video checks and more were to follow. Mbeumo lashed in a shot that looked set for the net before Byram blocked. Mbeumo did have the ball in the net soon after, only to see his celebrations cut short.

Pinnock took a throw on the left and got it back from Toney. His cross looped high and Mbeumo met it with a powerful downward header. Krul saved that and then magnificently blocked the effort from Jansson that followed, only for Mbeumo to smash the loose ball home. Mr Brooks took a look and saw that Pinnock was offside when he got the ball back from Toney to cross so Mbeumo’s goal was ruled out.

Janelt looked like he was about to set up another chance with a burst through the middle, but he was tackled by Gibson and Norwich cleared. That prompted a further flashpoint with Janelt lying on the floor and Gibson trying to lift him up. Jansson was booked for his involvement in the fracas. The hosts were still looking for a goal and Raya saved a chop from Pierre Lees-Melou before a Pukki shot was blocked after a nice turn.

Norwich got a goal back in stoppage time. Substitute Jonathan Rowe worked his way in to the box on the left and his attempt to cross deflected off Jansson in to the path of Pukki. The striker latched on to the looping ball and lashed it past Raya in to the net.

There was eight minutes of stoppage time added and Norwich still had most of that to find two more goals. Byram saw a shot blocked and Sargent lashed over in the dying seconds. Brentford held firm, got their win and Toney walked off with the match ball.

Norwich City: Krul; Byram, Hanley, Gibson, Williams (sub Aarons 81 mins); Gilmour (sub Rowe 74 mins), Normann (sub Lees-Melou 81 mins), McLean; Sargent, Pukki, Rashica

Subs (not used): Gunn, Zimmermann, Dowell, Płacheta, Sørensen, Giannoulis

Bookings: Gibson (51 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Ajer (sub Roerslev 75 mins), Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Janelt, Nørgaard (sub Onyeka 59 mins), Eriksen; Mbeumo, Toney, Canós (sub Wissa 82 mins)

Subs (not used): Lössl, Zanka, Bech, Baptiste, Jensen, Ghoddos

Bookings: Ajer (24 mins), Eriksen (40 mins), Jansson (79 mins), Roerslev (89 mins), Mbeumo (90 mins)

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Ticket News

Norwich away tickets sold out

Tickets for our away trip to Norwich City are sold out.

8 February 2022

The Bees travel to Carrow Road on Saturday 5 March to face Norwich City and will be looking to avenge the home defeat against The Canaries in November.

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,600+TAPs: Tuesday 1 February, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 3 February

  • A selection of My Bees Members: Tuesday 1 February, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 3 February
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    My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game and will give them 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 Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 2,000+ TAPs: Thursday 3 February, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 4 February
  • All Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders (subject to availability): Friday 4 February, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

  • All My Bees Members (subject to availability): Tuesday 8 February, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

  • 30 TAPS
  • What are TAPs?
  • If you purchase a Match Ticket and do not attend this fixture you will not be awarded any Ticket Access Points.

PRICES

  Adults
21-64
Seniors
65 and over

Young Person
18-20

Juniors
Under 18

Juniors
Under 12

Standard £30 £28 £28 £20 £15

All wheelchair users/Ambulant Disabled tickets may have a free ticket for their personal assistant.

Admin fee of £1 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

Please note that children under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult over 18.  

TRAVEL INFO

Coaches will 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 1 March.

Terms and Conditions apply.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS AND COACH TRAVEL

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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.
    • Open 2 hours 30 minutes prior to kick-off on matchdays until half time, then open for 30 minutes after full time (subject to fixture)
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.

ACCESSIBILITY

Carers Tickets - 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 under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window. Please also let us know if you require ambulant or accessible seating and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Wheelchair Spaces – we have limited spaces available so please contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will look allocate you a space along with a carer if required. For away games, the spaces we are allocated are subject to availability with a limited number given to us. Again this must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries or questions relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com

MATCHDAY INFORMATION   

Our allocation is reserved seating and attendees must sit in the seat allocated to them on their ticket. Tickets cannot be upgraded on the day and supporters attempting to enter the stadium with a concession ticket that they are not entitled to will not be allowed entry. If supporters need to upgrade their ticket(s) they would need to upgrade the tickets via you and collect their ticket(s) from us on the day.

Carrow Road is an all-seated stadium and persistent standing is not allowed, offenders will be removed from the stadium.

SUPPORTER CHARTER   

More information can be found online here.

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