A goal in each half as Bees beat Premier League side
A first half goal from Andy Gogia and one late on from Stuart Dallas gave Brentford a win over Premier League Stoke City.
The Bees ran out 2-0 winners in a match that had the upper hand in for long periods.
The Premier League side started both halves well but The Bees were well worth the win in their only home pre-season friendly ahead of the 2015/16 Sky Bet Championship season.
The first 20 minutes saw both teams looking to push forward.
With each playing three midfield players, the central area of the field was congested.
Brentford were looking to use the width of the pitch to get Gogia and Jota in to the game while Stoke’s front three were a little narrower with the full backs pushed up the pitch.
There wasn’t much of a flow to the game in the first quarter but there were openings at both ends.
Andre Gray stung the palms of Jack Butland with a fierce shot after a nice turn and a low Gogia shot was saved by the England Under-21 goalkeeper.
At the other end, David Button saved from Marco van Ginkel after a quick break and then denied Steve Sidwell.
Jota brought Griffin Park to its feet with a twinkle-toed run along the dead ball line but was unable to pick out a pass before van Ginkel shot over and Gogia blocked a Sidwell shot.
Jota curled an effort over for The Bees, who were starting to dominate possession and territory.
And the home side took the lad just past the half hour.
Gogia will get the credit but he had a huge slice of luck, a shot deflecting in to the top corner off Ryan Shawcross, giving Butland no chance.
Button tipped a swerving Peter Odemwingie free kick over at the other end as Stoke tried to find a response but Brentford went in at half time ahead.
And it could have been more in the dying seconds when, after a corner had been half cleared, Jota and Alan Judge set up Gogia but this time his shot curled over the bar.
The visitors made three changes at the break with the livewire Bojan among those introduced.
And the Premier League started the second period well.
Joselu lobbed an effort over the bar after getting on to a long ball and the Spanish striker then crossed for Sidwell to head wide.
Stephen Ireland saw a shot blocked and Jonathan Walters missed the target after controlling well in the penalty area.
Konstantin Kerschbaumer saw a shot saved at the other end but Stoke had the upper hand before a series of substitutions midway through the second half.
Both teams rang the changes and Brentford seemed to adapt better.
Dallas was just unable to set up Judge after a flying run down the right, producing a low cross that was just too far ahead of the Brentford midfield man.
Jack O’Connell almost set up a second goal with a raking cross field pass that Nico Yennaris fed back to Judge, the final shot was tipped away by Butland.
From the resulting corner, Dallas’ volley to the far post was cleared.
But when the next deliver came in it reached Dallas at the back post and he smashed in.
Brentford moved through the gears in the later stages, Marc Muniesa made a fine tackle to prevent Judge going through and Lasse Vibe, on his first appearance in a Brentford shirt, shot wide.
Ryan Williams saw a free kick deflect over and Yoann Barbet nodded the resulting corner inches over.
Vibe went close with two more efforts as Brentford tried in vain to add to their lead.
They were, however, able to secure a 2-0 win in their final match at Griffin Park before the start of the season.
Brentford: Button; Odubajo (sub Yennaris 67 mins), Dean (sub O’Connell 72 mins), Bjelland (sub Barbet 38 mins), Bidwell (sub McCormack 72 mins); Kerschbaumer, Judge (sub Williams 77 mins), Diagouraga (sub Tébar 72 mins); Jota (sub Dallas 64 mins), Gray (sub Hofmann 64 mins), Gogia (sub Vibe h/t)
Stoke City: Butland; Johnson (sub Bardsley h/t), Shawcross (sub Wollscheid 66 mins), Muniesa, Pieters (sub Ireland h/t); van Ginkel (sub Adam 72 mins), Sidwell (sub Whelan 72 mins), Cameron; Odemwingie (sub Bojan h/t), Joselu (sub Diouf 66 mins), Walters (sub Crouch 79 mins)
By Chris Wickham