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Match Preview: West Ham United vs Brentford

The build-up to this afternoon's action

3 October 2021

East meets West in this afternoon's Premier League London derby as we face West Ham United. Both sides head into the game having lost just once in all competitions this season. Get all the pre-match info and build-up to our first competitive clash with The Hammers since 1993 below.

THE OPPOSITION

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An unhappy few years to begin life in the London Stadium appear now, finally, to be well behind West Ham United. Last season's sixth-placed finish under David Moyes was their best since 1999 and brings Europa League football to E20.

The 2020/21 campaign ended with a record Premier League points total (65), as well as records for Premier League wins (19), and Premier League away wins (9). And this season has started in a similar vein.

The Hammers have scored 13 goals in their opening six league matches, winning three and drawing two. Moyes' former employers, Manchester United, are the only side to beat them in the league this term although The Hammers did gain some element of revenge, getting the better of United in the Carabao Cup Third Round 11 days ago. 

West Ham have also enjoyed a perfect start in the Europa League with opening wins over Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Wien leaving them three points clear at the top of Group H. 

Michail Antonio (above) tops the Premier League scoring charts with five goals and three assists while former Bees favourite Saïd Benrahma has three goals and two assists to his name already. 

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press The Athletic's Roshane Thomas, said: "It will be a 4-2-3-1 formation. Lukasz Fabianski in goal, a central defensive pairing of Ogbonna and Zouma, left-back Aaron Cresswell and Vladimir Coufal at right-back; Rice and Soucek in the middle, No 10 – I’d imagine – will be Benrahma (above), Pablo Fornals on the left, Jarrod Bowen on the right and Antonio up front.

"It has been a consistent team and a consistent formation this season. Last season we saw a wing-back system, but Moyes has preferred a 4-2-3-1 system this season and it has worked"

TEAM NEWS

Ethan Pinnock was declared fit by Thomas Frank during Friday's press conference meaning it's only Josh Dasilva (hip) and Mads Bech (knee) who will be absent.

Ahead of their seventh game in 22 days, David Moyes is hopeful Vladimír Coufal and Ryan Fredericks will be fit after both missed Thursday’s UEFA Europa League victory over Rapid Vienna.

MATCH STATS

  • West Ham have lost their last four matches when facing an opponent in the top flight for the first time, going down against Wigan Athletic (2005/06), Reading (2006/07), Hull City (2008/09), and AFC Bournemouth in 2015/16
  • Michail Antonio has been involved in more goals than any other player in the Premier League so far this season (eight), scoring five and assisting three goals in his five appearances.
  • Brentford boast seven different goalscorers in the Premier League this season/ Excluding own goals, only Chelsea (10) and Manchester City (nine) have had more players find the net than the Bees.
  • The Bees have lost just one of their last nine league London derbies (W5 D3), going down 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers in February. The Bees are the only side yet to lose a Premier League London derby, having played two in the competition so far (W1 D1).

THE MANAGER

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Glasgow-born, David Moyes' playing career began with Celtic where he won the Scottish Premier Division in 1982. Spells with Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town, Dunfermline Athletic, and Hamilton followed before he joined Preston in 1993. 

As player, coach, and then manager, Moyes would spent almost a decade at Deepdale winning promotion from the Fourth Tier as a player in 1996 and the third tier as manager in 2000. In March 2002 Moyes took the manager's job at Everton, a position he would hold for 11 years. He was twice voted LMA Manager of the Year while at Goodison Park before Manchester United tasked him as the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. His tenure at Old Trafford lasted just ten months before he was sacked with United seventh in the Premier League. 

Year-long spells with Real Sociedad and Sunderland followed before Moyes took charge of West Ham in November 2017. He saved The Hammers from relegation but left in May 2018 after not being offered a new contract. He returned to East London in December 2019 to replace Manuel Pelligrini and he has since gone on to develop a talented group of players.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

David Moyes told whufc.com: “I have been impressed but not surprised because they have been a top team in the Championship and they have that momentum.

"They have put together a really strong squad, they have a good identity in how they play and are well coached, they are a well run football club. So I don't think anybody should be really surprised by that. We have to put a halt to that and make sure we get three points on Sunday.

"Ivan Toney is someone who has looked very hungry to prove himself in the Premier League. I think if you've got that hunger and determination, it's a big ingredient, you know sometimes having the ability is terrific, but I think having those characteristics gives you a real chance to succeed. It will be a tough game for us and a tough game for the centre-halves but it will be a tough game for Brentford as well"

THOMAS THOUGHTS

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Peter Bankes

Assistants: Ian Hussin and James Mainwaring

Fourth official: Craig Pawson

VAR: Andre Marriner

Assistant VAR: Mark Scholes

West Ham United 21/22

44 fouls - Fewest in Premier League

4 yellow cards - Fewest in Premier League

1 red card - Joint-Most in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

Supporters are advised to leave extra time to get to the game with the Central Line supended west of Queensway and congestion expected due to the London Marathon. 

HOW TO FOLLOW

This afternoon's game is only available on iFollow as Charlie MacDonald joins Mark Burridge for live commentary.

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Match Reports

West Ham United 1 Brentford 2

Bees strike late to win London derby

3 October 2021

Yoane Wissa came off the substitute’s bench to score the winner as Brentford took three points on the road against West Ham United. The Bees had taken a first half lead through Bryan Mbeumo but were pushed back after the interval and the home side levelled. But Wissa came on to replace Mbeumo and scored the winner with, basically, the last kick of the game.

It was an archetypal game of two halves. The Bees were much the better before the break and deservedly had a half time lead, albeit the home side ended the opening period well. The hosts held the upper hand for long periods of the second half but had to wait until the last ten minutes to level. Brentford refused to lay down, regrouped and went looking for the winner, finding it in stoppage time.

Brentford made a fast start. They went on the attack from the first whistle and swarmed all over West Ham in the centre of the pitch. Wing backs Rico Henry and Sergi Canós were well forward in support and The Bees had opportunities to take the lead in the opening exchanges.

The best early chance went the way of Mbeumo. He pulled between West Ham’s central defenders to meet a cross from the left by Henry but could only head wide from eight yards when he would have expected to test Łukasz Fabiański. Mbeumo also saw a curling effort clip the top of the crossbar after a Shandon Baptiste shot had been blocked following a half-cleared corner.

Ivan Toney forced Fabiański in to a good low save moments later, when he met an Ethan Pinnock header on the volley when another set piece had only been half cleared. Baptiste’s effort from the resulting corner landed on the roof of the net as The Bees had command ten minutes in. They were forcing West Ham in to their own half with direct running from midfield and winning set pieces that the hosts were just about dealing with.

Brentford had the advantage in terms of territory and possession and almost had it on the scoreboard when Henry and Mbeumo combined. Henry burst through midfield and found Canós on the far side. He let fly with a shot that deflected wide and West Ham dealt with the resulting corner.

The home side could have opened the scoring against the run of play when Kurt Zouma met a deep corner with a powerful downward header, only to direct it wide. Michail Antonio then got on a long ball and cut in off the right, but his shot was blocked by Pontus Jansson. Antonio also headed wide as West Ham had a good spell. The home side were playing more direct as the first half reached its midway point. They looked to get Antonio running behind the Brentford defence and were able to stretch The Bees a little.

The hosts seemed to be getting a foothold in the game when Brentford struck. Toney found space in midfield and threaded a pass to allow Canós to run in behind the home defence. His low shot was superbly saved low to his right by Fabiański, but Mbeumo was there to follow up. The shot from Mbeumo was clawed out by Fabiański but referee Peter Bankes was alerted by the goal line technology that the ball had crossed the line and The Bees had a lead they deserved on the balance of play.

The Bees did not have a chance to settle on that lead before they were forced in to a change. Baptiste was forced to leave the pitch with a shoulder injury and Mathias Jensen was introduced. This was the second change to Brentford’s midfield on the afternoon as Vitaly Janelt had been due to play but was injured in the warm up, giving Frank Onyeka the chance to start the contest.

In the process of being injured, Baptiste was robbed of possession, and it took a vital clearance from Pinnock to stop West Ham getting a shot on goal. A shot from Saïd Benrahma was blocked and when Onyeka was dispossessed in midfield, Henry had to dart back to tackle Jarrod Bowen. Mr Bankes adjudged that Henry’s challenge was fair and that was confirmed by Video Assistant Referee Andre Marriner.

West Ham ended the first half on the front foot. They were starting to get on top in midfield, winning more second balls and starting to dominate possession. David Raya saved a swerving shot from Benrahma, who was then set up to curl an effort from 18 yards. Raya was relieved to see the ball bend just past the post as he would probably not have reached it.

Mbeumo curled a free kick, awarded when Toney broke through the middle, in to a defensive wall but most of the action at the end of the first half was at the other end. The hosts opened Brentford up on the right and a cross from Vladimír Coufal found Antonio, but he was crowded out and a firm tackle from Jansson was deemed to be, again, fair. Antonio also volleyed wide late in the half as West Ham had the initiative, but Brentford had the lead.

West Ham had been more aggressive out of possession at the end of the first half and maintained that mindset at the start of the second period. The opening exchanges of the second half were played in Brentford territory, with the hosts looking for an equaliser and making it difficult for The Bees to build from defence. The ball was also coming straight back when Brentford cleared their lines, and it was a defensive effort from the visitors.

Bowen robbed Jansson to set up a shooting chance for Pablo Fornals, but Jensen was there to make a recovery challenge. Raya then tipped a Benrahma free kick over the crossbar before Bowen lashed a bouncing ball well off target. Raya was busy again when Antonio and Benrahma combined, and Bowen was free in the inside left channel. The Brentford goalkeeper rushed out and made a smothering save.

As the hour mark approached, West Ham were completely dominant, and Brentford were being forced to defend deeper and deeper. They were defending their penalty area well, forcing West Ham to try and work a way through, or shoot from distance. The home side continued to create chances and win set pieces as they battled for a leveller.

Tomáš Souček headed a corner wide before Benrahma weaved across the penalty area and fired against the legs of Pinnock. Bowen headed wide when well-placed before Antonio got away from Jansson to set up a great chance. The shot from Fornals was brilliantly blocked by Henry and the follow-up from Coufal was saved by Raya.

Coufal and Angelo Ogbonna saw shots blocked and Antonio headed a cross wide as West Ham continued to knock at the door. But it took until the 80th minute for it to open. Aaron Cresswell delivered a corner from the left and Declan Rice won the header at the near post. The ball bounced down and Bowen smashed a low shot past Raya and in to the net. The shot flew through a crowd of bodies and Raya must have been unsighted as it whistled in to the net.

The goal came, annoyingly for Brentford, when the game had gone in to a little lull. The Bees were taking the sting out of the contest, slowing the game down when they had the ball and taking their time to restart when it stopped. They also played more in West Ham’s half and Jensen had a sight of goal from the inside right channel, his shot deflecting just wide of the far post.

West Ham equalised with just over ten minutes remaining and the home side continued to push on, looking for the winner. They looked like they had got it when Rice had space to deliver a cross from the left with Antonio and Bowen waiting to head it in. But Jansson got a vital touch and Bowen could only nod it wide.

It looked like that would be that, but it was Brentford driving forward at the death, looking for the crucial third goal. They won set pieces and from the last, found the winner. Jensen delivered and found Jansson, who tested Fabiański with a powerful header. The ball dropped to the edge of the box and Wissa drove it through a crowd of bodies to win the game for The Bees.

West Ham United: Fabiański; Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Souček, Rice; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio

Subs (not used): Areola, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Vlašić, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku, Johnson, Král

Bookings: Zouma (35 mins), Rice (90 mins)

Brentford: Raya; Zanka, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós, Baptiste (sub Jensen 29 mins), Nørgaard, Onyeka (sub Bidstrup 81 mins), Henry; Toney, Mbeumo (sub Wissa 81 mins)

Subs (not used): Fernández, Roerslev, Goode, Ghoddos, Forss

Bookings: Nørgaard (69 mins), Canós (84 mins), Zanka (85 mins)

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale to more Season Ticket Holders at 3pm

Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders with 1,050+ TAPs will be able to purchase tickets at 3pm today

13 September 2021

Thomas Frank and The Bees head to London Stadium on Sunday 3 October (kick-off 2pm) to face David Moyes’ West Ham United side. Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders with 1,050+ TAPs (Ticket Access Points) will be able to secure their place for this fixture by logging in to their ticketing account from 3pm. Get ready for 3pm to avoid missing out, tickets for this phase of sales are non-guaranteed and subject to availability.  

Last week we emailed My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game to give them the opportunity to buy their ticket at the same time. Those Members who are yet to purchase their tickets can still do so (subject to availability). They can also check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account here.  

Both Season Ticket Holders and Members have until 9am tomorrow, Tuesday 13 September, to purchase. Any remaining tickets will be made available to all Season Ticket Holders on Tuesday 14 September at 2pm.

Please note, the seats remaining for this fixture are safe standing and we are unable to facilitate any seat requests if they are in different locations.

Get ready to buy at 3pm

My Bees Membership note: this season, members receive 5 per cent of all away Match Ticket allocations and will remain separate from the Season Ticket Holders allocation. Don’t forget, My Bees Members must register their interest to the away games they would like to go to. If you do not register your interest, you will not have the opportunity to buy. Register your interest here

Please note: to get priority access to your Match Tickets you will need to log in to your ticketing account before purchasing.

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,300+TAPs: Tuesday 7 September, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 9 September

  • A selection of My Bees Members: Tuesday 7 September, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 9 September
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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 1,800+TAPs: Thursday 9 September, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Monday 13 September
  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 1,050+ TAPs: Monday 13 September, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Tuesday 14 September
  • All Season Ticket Holders – Tuesday 14 September, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

Tickets are available until Thursday 30 September at 5pm (Subject to availability).

Ticket allocation: 3,001

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

PRICES

Standard

Adults  Seniors
(over 65) 

Under 21

Under 16

£30 £25 £25 £25

Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

Accessibility seating fixed at £25 with courtesy carer included.

TRAVEL INFO

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: 11.30am - 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 £25 £15

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 28 September.

Terms and Conditions apply.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS AND COACH TRAVEL

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    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
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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.

Wheelchair Spaces - for wheelchair spaces please make sure you purchase a ticket for the wheelchair user, this should be the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18). There will not be a specific wheelchair ticket available online so please choose any location. Then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will allocate the wheelchair and carers seat making sure they are together. This must be done in the relevant sales window.

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

CUSTOMER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

Important Changes to Away Seating Allocation

Rail Seating has been installed in the Away Section of the Upper Tier.

Lower Tier Seat Reconfiguration

It should also be noted that the seats within the Lower Tier have been reconfigured, resulting in the view from these seats being closer to the field-of-play than in previous seasons.

Further, where seats are shown as a ‘Wet Seat’, this indicates that the seat is not considered to be covered by the overhanging roof and is subject to potentially inclement weather.

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