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Match Preview: Brentford B vs Manchester United U23

Live from Griffin Park at 1pm tomorrow, Brentford B face The Red Devils youth

19 March 2018

Brentford B face Manchester United U23s at Griffin Park on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Kick-off is at 1pm.

The Bees are going into game number 35 of the season against a United side that were beaten 3-2 the last time they visited the home of The Bees.

That day it was Chris Mepham with a brace on his birthday and Herson Rodrigues Alves on the score sheet for Flemming Pedersen's side. In front of over 1,000 fans the away side made a brave comeback attempt with two goals in seven second half minutes from Joe Riley and Sean Goss, however they couldn't find the leveller.

The B Team could welcome back Swedish forward Henrik Johansson to the side after he missed over a year with a muscle injury he suffered at Reading last season. He returned to full training during the Ireland trip last month that saw the squad play Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers.

Their last game was a 3-0 win over Rangers U23 on Wednesday last week, with three different goalscorers on the sheet for Kevin O'Connor's team. Marcus Forss opened the scoring before Reece Cole scored a smart free-kick, then Bradley Clayton scored from the spot.

iFollow Interview

Kevin O'Connor spoke to iFollow after the Rangers match and gave us his thoughts on the way his team approached the tour of Scotland.

He said: "It was really pleasing. We were nice and solid, looked very good when attacking. I was really happy that everything came together today, and I’m really pleased for the players.

"We came up against strong opposition. They had four or five First Team players. I told them before the game, I said they had nothing to lose and they had to go and prove how good they are against quality opposition. In the first half we were absolutely fantastic."

You can read his full post-match chat here.

Player Stats

Marcus Forss extended his run of scoring with goal number 16 for the season against The Gers. Bradley Clayton and Reece Cole also netted one more to their tallies, the pair are on eight and five respectively now.

Leading appearance makers Lukas Talbro and Jarvis Edobor passed 64 and 63 games for Brentford B last week. Herson Rodrigues Alves' start in Glasgow takes him to 49 apps in two season, meaning his 50th could come against Manchester United tomorrow. Zain Westbrooke is ten ahead, meaning he could hit 60 this weekend.

With several players away on international duty, Kevin O'Connor's first choice goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe will be with England and will miss out on getting his 49th appearance for The Bees tomorrow.


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