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Match Preview: Stoke City vs Brentford

The build-up to tonight's Carabao Cup Fourth Round tie

27 October 2021

We take a break from Premier League action tonight with a trip to Stoke City in the Carabao Cup Fourth Round. Both sides reached the Quarter-Final stage last season and that's the prize on offer as we meet at the Bet365 Stadium. Get all the build-up to this evening's game below.

THE OPPOSITION

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It has been a slow recovery following relegation from the Premier League for Stoke City. The Potters' ten-year stay in the top flight ended in 2018 and since then they've finished 16th, 15th, and 14th in the second tier. 

This summer was Michael O'Neill's second at the club and he used it to further mould the squad he wants to challenge at the top of the Sky Bet Championship; Ryan Woods, James Maclean, Liam Lindsay, Jordan Cousins, Moritz Bauer, Bruno Martins Indi, Lee Gregory and Sam Vokes among 22 players to depart over the summer months. 

In their place, Ben Wilmot, Jack Bonham, Mario Vrančić, Sam Surridge, Demeaco Duhaney, Romaine Sawyers, and Leo Østigård all arrived in Staffordshire.

Early signs were positive with The Potters taking ten points from a possible 12 to begin the season and making progress past Fleetwood Town, Doncaster Rovers, and Watford in the EFL Cup. Despite a slight dip in form after that fast start, Stoke were still just a point off top following their win over West Bromwich Albion at the start of this month.

However, three straight defeats, to Sheffield United, Bournemouth, and Millwall, have dropped The Potters to ninth, one of seven teams level on 21 points.

The Potters made eight changes for their Carabao Cup Third Round win over Watford with Adam Davies, James Chester, Alfie Doughty, and Sam Surridge the four to start all three ties so far. 

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press, Pete Smith of Stoke-on-Trent Live, said: "It will definitely be three at the back and most likely a 3-4-3, which is a formation that has allowed O’Neill to get Mario Vrancic (above) and Nick Powell in the same line-up. They are both creative, floaty No 10 type players, so they have been playing just off a central striker. There was rotation in the previous round against Watford, but I think there may be less temptation to do so this time around"

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank won't be able to call on nine members of the First Team squad for tonight's game. David Raya (knee) will be out for between four and five months joining Josh Dasilva (hip), Julian Jeanvier (knee), and Mads Bech (knee) on the long-term absentee list. Yoane Wissa (ankle), Bryan Mbeumo (hamstring), Ethan Pinnock (hip), Vitaly Janelt (quad), and Shandon Baptiste (shoulder) will also be unavailable for tonight's trip to The Potteries. 

The home side have issues of their own with Danny Batth suspended whilst top scorer Nick Powell, Sam Clucas and Morgan Fox remain sidelined through injury. Joe Allen is touch and go due to a leg wound but Tommy Smith and Abdallah Sima should make a return. Tyrese Campbell (top picture) could make his first start since suffering a knee injury last December following a pair of substitute appearances in recent games. 

THE MANAGER

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Michael O’Neill made more than 450 appearances, scoring 72 goals, in a playing career that saw spells at 12 clubs in four countries. He played in the English top flight for Newcastle United and Coventry, won the Football League Trophy with Wigan Athletic in 1999, and did a domestic treble at Glentoran in 2003. He also earned 31 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring four goals, before retiring in 2005.

He then moved into management with Brechin City before a hugely successful spell at Shamrock Rovers. In 2011, he made history by being the first League of Ireland manager to guide his side to the group stages of a European competition. His impressive record caught the eye of the Northern Ireland national team and he took charge later that year. He guided the nation to its first ever European Championship in 2016, eventually bowing out to Wales in the Last 16. Following his appointment at Stoke, O’Neill intended to continue with Northern Ireland for the remainder of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying. However, the postponement of Euro 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic led to his resignation as Northern Ireland boss in April 2020. 

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Michael O'Neill told stokecityfc.com "We aren’t getting away from the fact we’ve lost our last three games and we need to get back to winning games. We’re playing against a team we’ve had good games against last season and the season before. We’ve got to look at Brentford and see how they’ve been promoted and how they’ve coped in the Premier League to date.

“It’s a really good game for us I think. People always put results down to mindset, sometimes you just lose, and that’s the nature of the game. We look back on the week we’ve had and, on another week, we could’ve played to the same level and easily picked up five, six points."

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Michael Salisbury

Assistant Referees: Richard West and Sam Lewis

Fourth official: Robert Jones

Stoke City 2021/22

150 fouls - 11th in Sky Bet Championship

25 yellow cards - 14th in Sky Bet Championship

1 red card - 3rd most in Sky Bet Championship 

MATCHDAY INFO

While not a requirement, Stoke strongly advise supporters to wear a face covering whilst on the stadium footprint queuing, on concourses and in the Club Store and to only remove a face covering whilst eating, drinking or sat in your seat.

The Bet365 is a cashless Stadium – contactless and/or chip and pin payments are required in all areas.

Bags are not permitted in the Stadium and there are no bag storage facilities available.

Stoke City Covid Guidelines

HOW TO FOLLOW

Tickets for tonight's game are now off sale. Brentford fans that cannot attend can listen live on BeesPlayer as Chris Deacon joins Mark Burridge for live commentary. 

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Match Reports

Stoke City 1 Brentford 2

Bees make last eight of Carabao Cup

27 October 2021

Brentford reached the last eight of the Carabao Cup for the second year in a row with a victory over Stoke City. The Bees dominated the first half and took a 2-0 lead that they never relinquished. The hosts fought back after the break and used the energy of the home crowd to put Brentford on the back foot at stages but 2-1 was as close as it got and that score line saw The Bees in to the Quarter Finals.

The win saw Brentford break ground in a couple of ways. It was Brentford’s first-ever away win at Stoke and only the second time The Bees have won a Fourth Round tie in this competition. That it was the second time in just over 12 months highlighted Brentford’s growing affection for the tournament. Sergi Canós put The Bees in front before Ivan Toney scored what proved to be the winner. A goal from Romaine Sawyers was only consolation for Stoke.

Brentford started on the front foot and could have been ahead inside two minutes with a move started, and almost finished, by Toney. Toney’s touch found Marcus Forss and Saman Ghoddos was released on the right hand side. The ball was drilled across goal and Toney was at full stretch, getting a toe to it and diverting it inches wide. Canós was also arriving at the far post as the cross from Ghoddos was fired in but did not get the final touch it deserved.

The Bees had all the ball in the opening exchanges, pulling Stoke across the pitch and looking for openings. Mads Bidstrup was able to find pockets of space in midfield and Brentford had runners from deep, including their central defenders, who strode forward with confidence. There were no clear cut chances, but Brentford had control, albeit Stoke were able to get some of the ball in attacking areas, mainly by playing long to Steven Fletcher and picking up the loose balls.

Brentford moved up a gear as the midway point of the first half approached, capitalising on Stoke’s inability to keep chasing the ball. Mathias Jensen, Ghoddos and Bidstrup dictated from the middle of the pitch and pushed The Bees forward. There were a series of chances that ended with the first goal.

A quick free kick from Toney released Jensen in the inside left channel. He had time to measure a cut back and found Forss, but the first time shot flew wide of the near post. Forss probably had more time than he realised and would have expected to have tested Joe Bursik.

The opening goal of the game started with Ghoddos and Bidstrup linking in midfield. Bistrup’s pass released Mads Roerslev on the right and he found Toney with a cross. The first shot was blocked and the ball bounced to Canós, who cut inside and lashed a powerful near post effort that Bursik had to turn away.

The resulting corner was played deep by Jensen, and it found Forss. Neither Forss nor Toney could find room to shoot but the latter, with his back to goal, set up Canós. The shot from Canós flew past Bursik and Sawyers, on the Stoke line, was unable to keep it out. Brentford had a lead they deserved and set about building on it.

Jensen fizzed a shot over from 25 yards before a Ghoddos run set up Roerslev to cross from the right, Toney was there but was crowded out. A low Jensen free kick was saved by Bursik, who just about gathered as Forss lurked. But Brentford were threatening, and the second goal came before half time.

For the umpteenth time Brentford won the ball in midfield, with Stoke unable to play through. This time it was Ghoddos who made the interception and Forss had space deep in Stoke territory. He worked his way free of Harry Souttar and found Toney, the first time shot flew under Bursik and gave Brentford a two-goal lead.

Stoke had been almost non-existent as an attacking threat in the first half with Brentford goalkeeper Álvaro Fernández spending more time with the ball at his feet starting attacking play than with it in his hands. Fernández did have to make a near post save from a fierce Fletcher shot after the Stoke man had bundled through a couple of challenges. Souttar met the resulting corner but headed it wide.

There was space created for Jordan Thompson to shoot from 20 yards at the very end of the half. The low effort was again comfortable for Fernández, and Brentford went in at the break in command. The opening minutes of the second half were similar to the first with The Bees on the front foot, looking for the next goal.

There was a fine move on the left that looked like it would result in the third of the evening. Canós worked the ball in to the middle and Toney fed Forss. The next pass was to Jensen and he set up Toney for a powerful volley that Bursik saved well. Jensen was on hand to react quickest, but his shot was placed wide of the far post.

A change of personnel, coupled with an increase in aggression, saw a shift in momentum. Mario Vrančić came on to add to Stoke’s numbers in midfield and there were more challenges flying in. One by Demeaco Duhaney on Canós on the Stoke right angered the Brentford player. The Stoke man had both legs horizontal and at least one raised as he made a tackle with force and Canós had to take evasive action, but Referee Michael Salisbury waved play on when many officials would have seen contact with the ball as irrelevant.

The home crowd were brought in to the game as the Soke players increased the tempo and they scored just before the hour mark. A corner dropped to Sawyers on the edge of the penalty area, and he let fly with a shot that flew in to the corner. Fernández saw the shot late as it nestled just inside his left hand post and the tie was alive.

Vrančić shot over when he picked up a Sawyers pass and a deep cross to the far post was headed across the face of goal, and just wide, by Abdallah Sima. Brentford made changes of their own as they looked to secure their passage to the last eight with Christian Nørgaard coming on to replace Bidstrup at the base of midfield. Rico Henry, Frank Onyeka and Tariqe Fosu followed as the game started to stretch with Stoke chasing an equaliser.

Brentford could have made the game just about safe with 13 minutes remaining. Toney flicked a ball in to Ghoddos and he weaved in to the penalty area. His cross dropped to Onyeka, and the powerful shot was blocked inside the six-yard box. Henry was first to the loose ball but lashed it high over the bar.

Stoke made more attacking substitutions as the minutes ticked down and that left space for Brentford to go for a third. A pass from Ghoddos opened the hosts up and Toney was clear with only Bursik to beat. He tried to lift the ball in, but Bursik saved with his face. Fosu got to the loose ball, but his shot was blocked. Ghoddos then had a go but lashed it over the bar.

Toney and Fosu combined in stoppage time for another Brentford chance. This time it was Toney’s pass and Fosu through on goal, but the impressive Bursik denied him again. That gave Stoke hope of taking the tie to penalties even as the game entered the 95th minute but they were unable to create anything of note, Fernández was untroubled, and Brentford progressed.

Stoke City: Bursik; Østigård (sub Brown 82 mins), Souttar, Wilmot; Duhaney, Sawyers, Thompson (sub Ince 82 mins), Doughty (sub Vrančić 56 mins); Campbell (sub Sima 63 mins), Fletcher (sub Surridge 63 mins), Tymon

Subs (not used): Davies, Smith, Chester, Oakley-Boothe

Bookings: Østigård (52 mins)

Brentford: Fernández; Ajer, Goode, Zanka; Roerslev, Ghoddos, Bidstrup (sub Nørgaard 62 mins), Jensen (sub Onyeka 72 mins), Canós (sub Henry 72 mins); Toney, Forss (sub Fosu 72 mins)

Subs (not used): Cox, Stevens, Oyegoke, Thompson, Maghoma

Bookings: Ghoddos (76 mins)

Attendance: 9,584 (1,444 Bees fans)

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Ticket News

Help The Bees get to the quarter-finals

All Bees Fans will be able to buy their tickets to watch The Bees live at the bet365 Stadium today

12 October 2021

On Wednesday 27 October, Thomas Frank and The Bees head to Stoke (kick-off 7.45pm) to face Michael O’Neills’ Stoke City side in a Carabao Cup Fourth Round tie. Tickets for this fixture will be available to all Bees supporters at 2pm this afternoon.   

Lots of Season Ticket Holders and My Bees member have already booked their tickets and made the most of Hollywoodbets sponsoring the coach travel for this Carabao Cup last 16 fixture up to Stoke. Follow their lead as you will only have to pay £25 to watch this game live; £10 for the coach travel and £15 for a match ticket. There will also be competitions and giveaways on the buses courtesy of Hollywoodbets.

ON SALE DATES

  • All Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders: Tuesday 5 October, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability).
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 8 October at 9am. 
  • All My Bees Members: Friday 8 October, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
  • General Sale: Tuesday 12 October, 2pm (six per person, subject to availability)

Tickets are available until Monday 25 October at 5pm (Subject to availability).

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

PRICES

Adults  Seniors
(over 65) and Disabled Adults
Under 18
£15 £10 £5

An admin fee of £1.00 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

Disabled prices are the same as the relevant price band (except adults)

TRAVEL INFO

Travel coaches are sponsored by Hollywood Bets and 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: 1.30pm - 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 £10 £10

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Friday 22 October.

Terms and Conditions apply.

MATCHDAY INFO

There will be no ticket sales on the day.

Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. There will be no re-grades on the day of the game. 

If you require headsets, please contact Stoke City ticket office via email tickets@stokecityfc.com or via phone on 01782 367599.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS AND COACH TRAVEL

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 6pm
    • 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).
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

CUSTOMER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

 

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