The Bees returned to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday after the international break. Unfortunately, the nine-game unbeaten league run came to the end as two first half goals condemned Brentford to defeat against Cardiff City. Joe Ralls and Danny Ward scored in the first half as the South Wales side took the win. Brentford had chances to earn something from the afternoon but came up short.
Brentford will be looking to bounce back to winning ways tomorrow, Tuesday, when Burton Albion are the visitors to Griffin Park. The Bees have not lost in the league at home since early August and have won two of their last three in TW8. Tickets are on General Sale and full information can be seen here.
The B Team were also in action this week. Goals from Lewis Macleod, Herson Rodrigues Alves and Raphael Assibey-Mensah turned a 1-0 deficit in to a 3-1 win in Berkshire.
Brentford B have three more games coming up in the next seven days. They travel to Swansea City tomorrow before a home game against AFC Bournemouth at the Club’s Jersey Road Training Ground on Saturday. There is then an away game against Huddersfield Town next Tuesday.
Off the pitch, there was an update on Rico Henry’s knee injury as the young defender underwent surgery. The Club has advertised for a Head of Recruitment following the departure of Andy Scott to Watford. Half Season Tickets went on sale and those who buy can see every game from the Boxing Day clash against Aston Villa onwards. Meanwhile, Junior Members were given a chance to win a copy of FIFA 18 – more information can be seen here.
Sky Bet Championship News
This weekend’s Sky Bet Championship games were spread over three days and there were wins for the top three. Brentford fans know all about Cardiff City’s victory and there were also wins for leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, away at Reading, and second-placed Sheffield United, at Burton on Friday night. Aston Villa strengthened their hold on a Play-Off place with a win at Queens Park Rangers while fourth-placed Bristol City drew with Sheffield Wednesday.
The chase for the top-six is looking very tight as the season approaches its midway point. Sixth-placed Middlesbrough were beaten by Leeds United, who have climbed to seventh. There were six draws in the 12 fixtures this weekend which leaves Middlesbrough separated from Fulham, in 17th, by just six points.
Off the pitch Sunderland appointed Chris Coleman as their new manager. The former Fulham defender left his position as Wales boss to take charge at the Stadium of Light and was officially unveiled yesterday, Sunday. Sunderland are bottom of the table, four points from safety, and Coleman’s first game in charge will be against Aston Villa tomorrow.
World Football News
All eyes were on the internationals this week as the final places at the FIFA World Cup were confirmed. Brentford eyes were on Dublin where Bees defender Andreas Bjelland helped Denmark beat Republic of Ireland reach the finals in Russia next summer. The draw will take place next Friday, 1 December, in Moscow with former England striker Gary Lineker in charge of the balls.
There was a shock as four-time winners Italy failed to make it past Sweden and will not be in Russia. It was the first time they have missed a World Cup since 1958. Australia booked their place by beating Honduras and Peru overcame New Zealand to book the 32nd and final place in the tournament.
In the Premier League Manchester City remain eight points clear at the top after beating Leicester City. The Citizens have now won 16 in a row in all competitions. Manchester United remain second after beating Newcastle United while Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby, an appetiser for the two big West London derbies coming up in the next fortnight.
At the other end of the scale Merthyr Town lost 13-1 to Chesham in the Evo-Stick Premier League. The Welsh side lost the majority of their squad this week due to financial difficulties. They had a 15-year-old in goal and were 9-0 down at half time but did get the last goal of the game to end on a positive note. Meanwhile, Italian side Benevento conceded a 94th minute goal to lose at home to Sassuolo. This was their 13th defeat in 13 Serie A games and means they now hold the record for the worst start to a season in the top five European divisions, a record previously held by the Manchester United squad of 1930/31.