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MATCH PREVIEW: BRENTFORD

21 November 2017

READ our match preview ahead of this evening’s Championship fixture against Brentford at Griffin Park (7.45pm).

HEAD 2 HEAD



The Brewers and The Bees have only met on two previous occasions which were league games last season, and it’s not great reading for the Brewers. Dean Smith’s side turned over Burton both times with a 2-1 win at Griffin Park before a 5-3 victory at the Pirelli Stadium.

SEASON SO FAR




Brentford have struggled to find any kind of consistency so far this season and currently sit 13th in the Championship table.

It took them nine league games to finally register their first win which came against Bolton Wanderers, but they followed that victory up with crucial back-to-back draws against Derby County and Middlesbrough in September.

They remained unbeaten for eight games after that first win but their run was halted on Saturday when they lost 2-0 to Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium.


BURTON ALBION TEAM NEWS




Lloyd Dyer is struggling with his hamstring injury after coming off against Sheffield United.

John Brayford (hamstring) is recovering well but will not feature tonight, as well as loanee Joe Mason who is suffering with a back injury. 


BRENTFORD TEAM NEWS



Sergi Canos impressed off the bench against Cardiff and could start ahead of Florian Jozefzoon out wide. Rico Henry and Alan Judge are both sidelined with long-term injury problems, while Henrik Dalsgaard is also out through injury.


REFEREE




Chris Kavanagh will be the man in charge tonight at Griffin Park. So far this season he has shown 19 yellow cards and one red card in eight matches across the Premier League, Championship and League One.

He will be assisted by Peter Kirkup and Marc Perry.


TICKETS





Tickets will remain on sale from the Pirelli Stadium until 12pm today.

Ticket prices are as follows (seating):
Adult 25-64: £25.50
Senior 65+: £18.50
Young Person 18-24: £16.50
Juniors U18: £6
 
Ticket prices are as follows (terrace):
Adult 25-64: £23.00
Senior 65+: £17.00
Young Person 18-24: £15.00
Juniors U18: £6
 
Brentford offer a commentary service for blind supporters. Should you require a headset please call 0208 8472511 option 1.
 
The easiest way to purchase tickets is online by clicking here. Alternatively tickets can be purchase over the phone (01283 565938) or in person by visiting the club shop during opening hours.
 
Albion supporters CAN pay on the day at Griffin Park but will be charged an extra £5.00 per match ticket on top of the original price.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: BRENTFORD

21 November 2017

Ben Turner's second goal of the season, twelve minutes from time, secured another valuable point on the road as Albion came from behind to draw at Brentford. The men from Griffin Park had done the double over Nigel Clough's side last season but it was the Brewers who provided the sting in the tail to continue their improved form away from the Pirelli Stadium.

After a dour first half the second period came to life when Dutch midfielder Florian Jozefzoon curled home a 25 yard free kick to give the home side the advantage and open the game up.

Albion though made changes and it was the introduction of young Joe Sbarra that finally unlocked the home defence, providing an excellent cross to the back post for Turner to head home. The irony is that Sbarra was only named on the bench after teamsheets had been exchanged when Jake Buxton picked up a knock in the warm up and wasnt able to take his place amongst the named substitutes.

Injuries, to a degree, dictated changes to the starting eleven for the trip to West London with four changes the order of the day as Albion looked to avenge their defeat at Griffin Park from last season. With Lloyd Dyer struggling with a hamstring there was a recall for the man who came on in his place on Friday, Lucas Akins, although his role was changed to that of a right wing back role. Tom Naylor was recalled to the side as part of a three man central defensive unit, skipper Buxton initially dropping to the bench before becoming a late withdrawal offering Sbarra the chance to be involved. There was also a recall on the left for Tom Flanagan in place of Stephen Warnock who also found himself amongst the substitutes as Albion went for the solid approach in a 5-4-1 formation. The midfield also saw a change with Sean Scannell coming in for Jamie Allen leaving Marvin Sordell to play as the lone striker. In the absence of Buxton from the starting line-up the captain's armband was handed to Luke Murphy.

It was Albion with the positive start and they could have been ahead inside three minutes, Matty Palmer's free kick from the left finding the head of Ben Turner six yards out but, under pressure, the big defender seeing his effort drop just wide of the post.

The home side soon started to get on the ball and with Albion seemingly content to get men behind the ball and frustrate the Bees were finding it difficult in the opening stages to unlock the Burton rearguard and find a killer pass to get themselves in on goal.

Albion began to look composed in possession with some nice moves as they looked to cause problems of their own but the first real shot in anger took until half way through the first period to come along, Jozefzoon eventually teeing up Romaine Sawyers for a rising shot from distance that failed to trouble Stephen Bywater. Albion were almost in themselves with a quick response as Lund and Sordell combined to steal the ball off Andreas Bjelland and Sordell's low cross back to the edge of the box was just out of reach for both Scannell and Murphy racing forwards.

A short corner routine on 27 minutes threatened to undo Albion as the ball was played in short to Sawyers who in turn found Nico Yennaris, the midfielder also seeing his shot fly too high.

Albion were doing well as half time approached but they almost let it slip on 43 minutes. A Burton corner was hoofed clear inside the Brentford six yard box and as Ollie Watkins chased it down Flanagan tried to head back to his keeper. Unfortunately Bywater had advanced forwards and the ball flew past him at the expense of a corner. Albion made sure their defended well from the set piece and half time was duly reached on level terms.

Half time: Brentford 0-0 Burton Albion

Any hope that the second half would get off to a better start soon faded as both sides continued to lack the quality to seriously open up the other in the initial skirmishes. Bees manager Dean Smith quickly became frustrated and it took him just six minutes to opt to make a double change to try and change the flow of the match. Midfielders Yennaris and Ryan Woods were summonsed to the bench to be replaced by former Chelsea man Josh McEachran and ex-Liverpool youngster Sergi Canos. The Spaniard was soon involved winning a free kick from McFadzean and the deadlock was broken when JOZEFZOON curled home the free kick from 25 yards out.

Canos almost carved out a second for Brentford on the hour mark showing some silky skills to cut inside and fire a deflected effort just wide of the upright. A teasing right wing cross from the substitute almost opened up Albion again on 65 minutes, this time Yoann Barbet just unable to make meaningful contact with the ball as it arced through the penalty area.

Albion's first change quickly followed and it was Palmer who made way to enable Will Miller to come on for the second game running.

Matty Lund found himself the first man in the notebook of referee Chris Kavanagh for a mistimed challenge on Watkins as the game entered the final quarter and this time it wa Barbet with the free kick, Bywater getting down well, low to his right to clutch the ball.

Sordell had a sight of goal moments later but trying to beat Dan Bentley at his near post he only found the side netting. Albion threw on Joe Sbarra in place of Matty Lund for what remained of the game. The youngster had not originally been in the eighteen for the game but when Buxton failed to make it onto the bench with a knock the academy product stepped up.

The youngster showed all of his prodigious talent to drive forward and help win a corner on the right and from that corner he picked up possession and set in an angled left foot cross to pick out TURNER who got there before Bentley to squeeze a header inside the near post from close range.

Albion had to survive a couple of late scrambles inside their own box late on as the Bees tried to hit back and grab back the initiative. One particular scramble saw a shot for handball as the ball pinged around the Burton box before Bywater could successfully drop on the loose ball at his near post.

As the home fans frew restless the Brewers sensed that there could be a winner there for them to snatch all three points and Miller almost completed an unlikely victory with a looping curling effort that had Bentley beaten and momentarily seemed to be heading for the top corner until it dropped inches wide. No one was more relieved than Bentley. No one was more frustrated than young Miller who had looked lively following his introduction.

Neither side could prise one final opening in what remained of stoppage time and when referee Kavanagh brought the game to a halt Albion's continued improved form on the road had continued. Now just the home form to sort out with Sunderland up next at the Pirelli.

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INJURY UPDATE: BRENTFORD

20 November 2017

A HAMSTRING injury picked up in the defeat at home to Sheffield United will almost certainly rule Lloyd Dyer out of tomorrow’s trip to Brentford (7.45pm kick off).

Nigel Clough said: “Lloyd is struggling with his injury. He came off as soon as he felt it which is what we tell them to do as if you stay on then it can develop into something worse.

“John Brayford (hamstring) is coming on but it might still be too early for him. Joe Mason (back) is coming on but it might be too early for him as well.”

Clough might make changes to try and change his team’s fortunes.

“With the run we have had, everything is up for grabs. Nobody has a guaranteed place in the team at the moment. Nobody has done enough in the last few weeks to say ‘I’m guaranteed my shirt’.”

Tom Naylor, Tom Flanagan and Will Miller might feature in the starting line-up.

Clough said: “All the lads on the bench are perfectly entitled to say with the run we are on at the moment that they deserve a chance but what they have to do is take it. Everybody in the squad has played this season and if they had done exceptionally well they would have kept their place. They have had all had opportunities, but they will again.

“Will had a brilliant 20 minutes on Friday night and out of the 14 players he was the main bright spark when he came on with his enthusiasm. He’s right in the mix. The only thing is that he has played so little football and he’s only been back in training just over week. He’s different to what we have got and can cause problems in a different way. He has a chance tomorrow, but it might still be too early for him.”

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