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Match Preview: Brentford vs Oldham Athletic

All the build-up to tonight's Carabao Cup action

21 September 2021

We take a break from the Premier League tonight to welcome Sky Bet League Two side Oldham Athletic to the Brentford Community Stadium in the Carabao Cup. Both sides could create a little bit of EFL Cup history this evening with The Latics looking to make Round Four for the first time since 2003 while we've never before reached the Last 16 in consecutive seasons. All the build-up to tonight's game can be found below.

THE OPPOSITION

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Boundary Park is not a happy place right now with Oldham Athletic propping up the EFL and protests against The Latics' ownership intensifying with every passing week. 

On the pitch, Keith Curle's side have taken four points from their opening eight Sky Bet League Two matches. Oldham have lost six times already with their points coming courtesy of an away win at Sutton United late last month and Saturday's goalless draw at home to Hartlepool United. 

At this early stage of the season, Oldham are already four points from safety with the least potent attack, scoring four, and leakiest defence, conceding 14, in the fourth tier. Dylan Bahamboula (three), Carl Piergianni (two) (pictured above), and Junior Luamba (one) are the only Latics to find the net in any competition so far this term.  

Their progress in the EFL Cup has come via a pair of penalty shootout wins. In Round One they overcame Tranmere Rovers following a 2-2 draw before getting the better of Accrington Stanley on spot-kicks after a goalless 90 minutes. 

Off the pitch, anger is growing at the ownership of the Lemsagam family who, in just over three years, have overseen Oldham's drop from League One mainstays to League Two relegation candidates.  

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press, Boundary Park Alert System Podcast's Matt Dean said: "The star man last season was definitely Dylan Bahamboula (above). He can be very quiet and then BAM, he’s gone and done something magic! He’s definitely the danger man for Oldham and can really be a joy to watch. Having said that, the one to watch, for me, is young Harry Vaughan. Harry is only 17, he’s still small in stature, but he’s one of those ‘natural’ footballers; a low centre of gravity, turns on a sixpence and you can see how much he loves playing the game"

TEAM NEWS

Shandon Baptiste serves his one-match suspension tonight while Mads Bech (knee) and Josh Dasilva (hip) are also out. Thomas Frank confirmed yesterday that Zanka will make his full debut tonight in a changed, but still strong, XI.

The injuries are mounting up for Oldham with Nicky Adams, Danny Rogers, Sam Hart, Harrison McGahey, Ouss Cisse, and Jamie Hopcutt all missing the weekend's Hartlepool game.

THE MANAGER

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Keith Curle is Oldham's eighth different manager since the start of the 2018/19 season. 

Curle has been involved in the professional game for 40 years as player and manager. He made more than 800 professional appearances during his playing career, most notably for Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers during the 1990s. The central defender earned three England caps and was part of the Three Lions Euro 92 squad, playing against eventual winners Denmark in the opening game. 

Curle stepped into management with Mansfield in 2002 before stints at Chester City and Torquay United. Between 2007 and 2012, Curle was on Neil Warnock's coaching team, first at Crystal Palace and then QPR, before taking the top job at Notts County. A year at Meadow Lane preceeded a four-year stay at Carlisle United and then, in October 2018, a move to Northampton Town. It was at Sixfields where Curle won his first promotion as a manager, Charlie Goode lifting the Play-Off Final Trophy at Wembley following a 4-0 win over Exeter City. A poor run in League One saw Curle sacked in February, the month before he took charge at Oldham. 

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Keith Curle told oldhamathletic.co.uk: "They got to the semi-final last season, so they will not be taking this competition lightly.

"If you have a look at the statistics, we've lost six league games but won three in the cup, so it proves that it's all to play for against Brentford. We know what we've got to do in order to be successful and we've gone over a lot of things in training that have weighed in our favour; it starts with our mental attitude to accept the challenges that Brentford will pose"

MEMORABLE MEETING

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistant Referees: Daniel Robathan and Robert Hyde

Fourth Official: Tom Nield

Oldham Athletic 21/22

104 fouls - 3rd most in Sky Bet League Two

19 yellow cards - 4th most in Sky Bet League Two

0 red cards - Joint-fewest in Sky Bet League Two

MATCHDAY INFO

Tickets for tonight's game are on General Sale with fans able to buy up to six tickets each. 

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Arrive before 6.45pm and save big on food and drinks at the stadium with pints, sausage rolls, and pies all available for just £3.50

MATCH COVERAGE

Due to broadcast regulations, tonight's game is not available to watch in the UK or internationally. 

The only way to follow the action away from the Brentford Community Stadium is with an iFollow audio match pass.

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Match Reports

Brentford 7 Oldham Athletic 0

Bees progress on record-breaking Carabao Cup night

21 September 2021

Marcus Forss scored a first half hat-trick as Brentford reached the Carabao Cup Fourth Round with a record-breaking win over Oldham Athletic. Forss became the first player to hit a treble for The Bees in this competition and got four in total as he helped Brentford to their highest ever win in the competition. Yoane Wissa got two of his own, including a spectacular acrobatic effort, and there was an own goal as The Bees ran out 7-0 winners on the night.

Oldham came to West London bottom of the EFL and were behind within 150 seconds. Things scarcely got better for them and for long periods they worked to keep the score line down. Brentford were ruthless, attacking throughout and ensured there would be no shocks as they progressed through the Third Round tie.

It took just three minutes for Brentford to take the lead. Mathias Jensen spread the play to the right to find Mads Roerslev in space. The ball in to the box was controlled by Yoane Wissa and he was tripped by Carl Piergiani inside the area. Referee Simon Hooper pointed to the spot and Forss smashed the penalty low past Jayson Leutwiler to put The Bees in front.

It soon became apparent it was going to be a difficult evening for Oldham. Jamie Bowden tried a speculative effort from kick off, that sailed well wide of goal, leaving Álvaro Fernández untroubled, and they spent most of the early stages in their own half. Jensen dictated play from the centre of the field with Roerslev, on the right, and Saman Ghoddos willing recipients for his passes.

Oldham tried to play out through midfield but found it difficult to build any attacking momentum, with Frank Onyeka chasing all over the pitch when The Bees did not have the ball. The early goal forced Oldham to a more defensive outlook, changing to a back five and leaving Zak Dearnley as an isolated figure in attack. Wissa blasted a snap shot over the bar and then turned a drilled cross from Ghoddos wide at the near post as Brentford hunted early goals.

The second goal came 16 minutes in. Wissa was released in the inside left channel and teased a shot across Leutwiler, beating the goalkeeper to his left. Unfortunately for Wissa, the ball cannoned off the far post, but Forss was there to tap in and double both his and Brentford’s tally for the night.

Ghoddos lashed over from distance and Forss flicked a cross from Dominic Thompson over the crossbar as Brentford maintained complete control of the first quarter of the contest. Oldham tried to offer something in attack and Fernández had to save along range shot from Bowden after he exchanged passes with Davis Kiellor-Dunn. The Brentford goalkeeper then stopped an effort from Dearnley.

Oldham had a decent spell around the half hour, making progress in to Brentford territory on occasion, but The Bees soon regained control and ended the half with a three-goal blast. The third goal was scored by Wissa but owed a lot to Jensen. The midfield man lost possession initially but then burst through a challenge and fizzed a ball through the eye of a needle to release Wissa in space in the inside left channel. Wissa fired low past Leutwiler to get his second goal in two Carabao Cup ties.

Onyeka forced Leutwiler in to a low save after a shot on the turn and the fourth goal came moments later. Brentford forced Oldham to concede possession deep in their own half and Ghoddos found space inside the penalty area. He turned smartly and drilled the ball in looking for Forss only for Raphaël Diarra to turn it past Leutwiler and in to his own net.

Four became five in the blink of an eye. The Bees played their way through the Oldham defence with some rat-a-tat passing around the penalty area. The final ball was played by Ghoddos and Forss had all the time in the world to pick his spot, secure his hat-trick, the first by a Brentford player in this competition, and give The Bees a 5-0 lead.

It could have been even better for The Bees before the interval as they continued to pour forward. A clever pass from Roerslev released Jensen, breaking in to the penalty area. He drilled a ball that flew across the face of goal, eluding everyone arriving. Tariqe Fosu picked it up on the far side, but his shot was blocked. The resulting corner reached Ghoddos, but his effort deflected in to the arms of Leutwiler.

Oldham made a triple substitution at the break to try and salvage something from the game and one of the three – Benny Couto – almost caught Fernández out with a shot from the left side. The Brentford goalkeeper had to be at full stretch to tip the effort away.  Diarra also headed a corner wide later in the half and Oldham were more competitive and combative for long periods of the second half. But it was still mostly a rear-guard action from the visitors.

A low corner caused problems and Zanka and Charlie Goode tried to find the target before Roerslev was crowded out. Wissa shot over the bar and then forced Leutwiler in to a low save after Fosu had recovered a Ghoddos cross. When the sixth goal came, it was possibly the best of the night to that point. Ghoddos found space in the inside right channel and released Roerslev on the outside, the ball was cut back to Forss, and he drilled a shot in to the net off the underneath of the crossbar.

There was no let up from The Bees, who continued to attack. Oldham sat deeper and deeper, protecting their penalty area and trying to limit the damage. Ghoddos had a shot blocked and Forss fired over before The Bees made a triple substitution, which included giving Myles Peart-Harris a debut in the centre of midfield.

Chances continued to come for The Bees with Jensen unable to make good contact with a Ghoddos cross before Goode stung the palms of Leutwiler from almost 40 yards. Mads Bidstrup had a shot blocked after some nice interplay on the edge of the penalty area, which included Ghoddos making the final pass. Bidstrup got on to the loose ball but fired wide.

Wissa had a shot blocked when a free kick was half cleared and then lashed over before Thompson fired wide from a tight angle. Brentford saved the best to last. After a spell of possession on the right, Fin Stevens delivered a cross, Wissa met the cross with an overhead kick that flew past Leutwiler and in to the net. Wissa had two, Brentford had seven and a place in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.

Brentford: Fernández; Zanka, Goode, Thompson; Roerslev (sub Bidstrup 71 mins), Ghoddos, Jensen, Onyeka (sub Peart-Harris 71 mins), Fosu (sub Stevens 71 mins); Wissa, Forss

Subs (not used): Raya, Ajer, Toney, Mbeumo

Oldham Athletic: Leutwiler; Fage, Clarke, Piergiani (sub Da Silva h/t), Jameson; Kiellor-Dunn, Bowden, Diarra, Whelan, Bahamboula (sub Couto h/t); Dearnley (sub Vaughan h/t)

Subs (not used): Danielewicz

Bookings: Clarke (79 mins)

Attendance: 12,819 (599 away fans)

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Ticket News

Carabao Cup tickets on General Sale at 2pm

All fans can purchase up to six tickets per person for our Carabao Cup tie at 2pm today

10 September 2021

We will host Oldham Athletic in the Third Round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday 21 September, kick-off at 7.45pm. The game will be played under the lights at our new home with a place in the Last 16 on offer. 

All fans will be able purchase up to six tickets per person for our Carabao Cup tie at 2pm today, Friday 10 September.  

If you are not a Season Ticket Holder or My Bees Member this is one of the best chances you have of watching The Bees this season, so don’t risk missing out and buy yours now. 

Don't know where to sit?  

Our West Stand is perfect for passionate and loud fans who want to chant to support The Bees – it’s an all-seater stadium but ‘West Standers’ tend to get to their feet on a regular basis to support the team so if this isn’t for you please choose a different stand. Our Family Area is great for families with junior fans under ten years old. If you are attending with a big group, the East Stand is best as we have most availability there. And don’t forget the corners where there are excellent views of the pitch. Find out more information about visiting the stadium here. 

Get ready to buy tickets at 2pm

A limited amount of Premium Seats will be available from £30 at 2pm as well and you can find out more information here.

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders: Monday 6 September, 2pm (one per person)
  • Seat Hold Deadline: Wednesday 8 September at 10am
  • My Bees Members: Wednesday 8 September, 3pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Fans who became members after the above on-sale date are not able to purchase their tickets online but can purchase their tickets over the phone or in person.
  • General Sale: Friday 10 September, 2pm (subject to availability)

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

MATCHDAY PRICES

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Young
Persons

U18s
Dugout £15 £15 £15 £15
All other areas*  £10 £5 £10 £5

*Excluding Hospitality

  • No booking fees apply when buying online or in person from the Box Office
  • Admin fee of £2.50 per transaction (not per ticket) may apply when booking over the phone.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS

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 7pm
    • 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).

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.

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 

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:

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

Season Ticket Holders who forget their Brentford Card will be required to pay a £5 admin fee. Replacement Brentford Cards can be arranged at the Box Office. Valid ID must be shown and an admin cost of £10 applies.

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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