Florian Jozefzoon’s goal on the hour ensured that The Bees took a point from their home game against Preston North End on Saturday. After an even opening 45 minutes, Tom Barkhuizen outfoxed Brentford’s defense with an in-swinging cross to give Alex Neil’s visitors the advantage shortly after the restart.
However, The Bees were behind for just eight minutes as Florian turned his man and drilled home a leveller from 18 yards. Alan Judge nearly won the game late on but his fine free-kick was kept out by a combination of Declan Rudd and the upright. The point lifted Dean Smith’s Bees to tenth, eight points outside the Play-Offs, ahead of the weekend’s trip to Sunderland.
In Ireland, late goals meant it was one win and one defeat for Kevin O’Connor’s Brentford B following their two-game tour. Last Wednesday, a goal five minutes from time denied The Bees a draw from their game against Dundalk. Bradley Clayton had struck in the first-half but goals at either end of the second period wrapped up a win for the hosts.
It was a different story on Saturday with Brentford coming from behind late on to defeat Shamrock Rovers: Theo Archibald and Jarvis Edobor netting in the final ten minutes to secure the win at Tallaght.
Sky Bet Championship News
It was some week for Paul Heckingbottom. On Friday he signed a new rolling contract as Barnsley Head Coach, on Tuesday he was appointed the new Leeds United boss, and on Saturday his new charges were beaten 2-1 in the cauldron of a Yorkshire derby by Sheffield United. Billy Sharp netted both goals for The Blades as he became only the third man to pass 200 league goals this Millennium, joining Wayne Rooney and Rickie Lambert in that exclusive club.
Leeds were the only side in the top 14 to taste defeat this weekend with seven of the weekend’s 12 matches ending in stalemates. Wolverhampton Wanderers did manage to pick up the three points on Saturday to further tighten their grip at the top of the table while Aston Villa’s second-city derby win over Birmingham City, their seventh straight Championship victory, saw them move up to second. Derby County, Cardiff City, Fulham, and Bristol City all drew, The Robins seeing a three-goal lead slip at home to relegation threatened Sunderland, but they continue to fill the Play-Off places.
At the other end of the table, Hull City’s win over Nottingham Forest lifted them out of the bottom three, at the expense of Barnsley, with Sunderland and Burton Albion the other sides currently in the drop zone. However, just eight points covers the sides from 15th to 22nd heading towards the final third of the season.
World Football News
The Champions League returns this week with Europe’s elite battling it out for the biggest prize in club football. The pick of this week’s ties sees Real Madrid host Paris St-Germain with Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur also in action.
Domestically, however, four of the five major leagues in Europe look to be done deals with Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Paris St Germain all holding commanding leads heading into the spring. It’s only in Italy where the title looks to be up for grabs with Napoli and Juventus separated by just a single point with 14 games to go.