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Preview | Brentford (h) - Emirates FA Cup

27 January 2019

Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round – The Hive London – Monday 28th January 2019 – KO: 19:45

The Bees are back in FA Cup action tomorrow night when they welcome Championship side Brentford to a packed-out The Hive London in the fourth round.

What an FA Cup run it is proving to be. It all started in October 2018 with a 4-2 victory over Braintree Town in the final qualifying round before we took League One side Bristol Rovers to a replay after a 1-1 home draw. Goals from Craig Robson and Byron Harrison saw us beat the odds for the first time this campaign to book our place in Round 2, winning 2-1 at the Memorial Stadium.

An early goal from Dan Sparkes at the next hurdle saw us edge out Stockport County, progressing to the third round for the first time in 11 years. Sheffield United awaited us at the next stage of the tournament with a victory seemingly a distant dream. However, after Shaq Coulthirst netted from the spot in the first half, we held on to cause the biggest upset of the round. The only non-league side left in the competition, our journey continues tomorrow as we aim to cause another shock.

Last Meetings:

The last time these two sides met in a competitive league fixture was back in March 2009, Brentford winning that League Two fixture 1-0 with Marcus Bean scoring the only goal of the game.

They finished that season top of the table on 85 points, gaining promotion to League One whilst we secured a 17th placed finish.

The two sides have met more recently in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area semi-final in 2011, drawing 0-0 at Underhill before Barnet won the following penalty shootout 5-3.

Manager: Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank joined Brentford just over two years ago, initially taking up the role as Assistant Head Coach alongside Richard O’Kelly.

However, when Dean Smith left the club to join Aston Villa in October 2018, the Dane took the reins.

Before Brentford, Frank helped Denmark develop their upcoming talents, taking charge of their Under-16s, Under-17s and Under-19s in three separate spells. Following his time with Denmark’s youngsters, he was gifted the managerial role at Brondby IF. He helped the Danish side clinch a 4th and 3rd place finish in 2014 and 2015 respectively in the Superliga before leaving the club.

One to Watch: Neal Maupay

What a season Neal Maupay is having. The 22-year-old has already found the net 16 times in the league this season, making him one of the top scorers in the division and our one to watch ahead of tomorrow’s tie.

It was the talented youngster who bagged the only goal of the game in Brentford’s previous FA Cup game aswell, edging out Oxford United 1-0.

The striker, who undoubtedly has an exciting future ahead of him, has international experience under his belt too. Having started out in France’s Under-16’s, he now plays for their Under-21s and will be aiming for a senior call-up in the near future.

For now though, Maupay’s focus will be firmly on tomorrow night as he will be looking to add to his prolific goal scoring tally and help his side progress to round five.

Last Season’s FA Cup Form:

Brentford have already exceeded last season’s FA Cup run, having bowed out at the third round stage last time around.

The Bees, who entered the competition in round three, played host to League Two side Notts County and it was the underdog who came away with an unlikely victory. Jon Stead struck the winner on 65 minutes with a wonder goal as the fourth-tiered side progressed to round four.

This Season’s FA Cup Run:

This season’s FA Cup run is proving to be a whole lot nicer for Brentford though as they knocked out League One side Oxford United at the previous hurdle, winning 1-0.

It was star man Maupay who found the net from the spot with 10 minutes to go as the Bees progressed to round four.

Recent Form In All Competitions:

Brentford, who sit 18th in the Championship, have picked up three wins in their last five games in all competitions.

The Bees’ final match of 2018 ended goalless, sharing the points with Birmingham City at St Andrew’s. It was a similar story on New Year’s Day when they had to settle for another draw, this time at home to title chasers Norwich City. However, they’re FA Cup victory over Oxford United four days later meant the Bees returned to winning ways before beating Stoke City 3-1 a week later when returning to league action. Brentford then beat Rotherham United 4-2 at the New York Stadium in their most recent fixture just over a week ago meaning they go into tomorrow’s game unbeaten in 2019.

Last 5 matches in all competitions: DDWWW

Connections:

First Team Coach Junior Lewis joined Brentford from Hull City in 2005 and made 14 appearances before leaving the club for MK Dons a year later.

Ticket News:

All home areas for tomorrow’s game are now sold out! Thank you for your support.

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 3-3 Brentford - Emirates FA Cup

28 January 2019

There will be a sequel to the ‘battle of the bees’ after Barnet held Championship side Brentford to a 3-3 draw at the Hive London on Monday night in the FA Cup fourth round.

Third round hero Shaq Coulthirst scored two in three minutes in the second half after Brentford took a 1-0 lead into the break after an Ollie Watkins 40th minute opener.

However, the Championship side hit back just shy of the hour mark as Neal Maupay scored from the spot before Sergi Canos put them back in front soon after.

There was another twist to the tale though as Dan Sparkes came off the bench to produce an outstanding free-kick with 15 minutes remaining, taking the tie to a replay.

The result means that our FA Cup dream lives to see another day.

It was to be a solid start to the game for Barnet who made three changes from the side who lost to Braintree in their last fixture, including a debut for goalkeeper Will Huffer.

The on-loan shot-stopper was called into action on a few occasions including the sixth minute when Maupay saw his effort saved on six minutes.

The wood-work was to thank soon after though when Yoann Barbet’s header from a corner crashed against the post and out of danger.

Huffer did well again to deny Josh Dasilva from distance before a brilliant curling strike from Moses Odubajo cannoned off the upright from 25 yards out.

It was Barnet’s turn to try and open the scoring on 26 minutes when man of the match Dan Sweeney’s header from a corner was dealt with by Daniels.

Odubajo then picked up a yellow card for a foul on Elito before Watkins’ tried his luck from distance and after an awkward bounce, found the bottom left corner.

Craig Robson saw his effort on the edge of the box fall wide before Ephron Mason-Clark and Jack Taylor failed to capitalise after a tackle on Coulthirst.

It was Elito’s turn to try and find an equaliser before the break but his shot whistled wide of the right post.

HT: 0-1

It was goals galore in the second half and it all started when Coulthirst fired home from close range five minutes after the break.

Three minutes later and our number 10 turned the game on it’s head, tapping the ball into the bottom corner, making it 2-1 to the North London side.

However, the celebrations were halted just before the hour mark when David Tutonda was adjudged to have brought down Watkins; the referee pointed to the spot.

Top scorer Maupay stepped up to take it and made no mistake, slotting the ball into the bottom left corner, Huffer diving to his right.

Coulthirst, on the hunt for a hat-trick, saw his header saved seven minutes later before hero-on-the-night Sparkes came on for Wes Fonguck shortly after.

However, Brentford took the lead again two minutes later after Sergi Canos was played through on goal before calmly striking low past Huffer.

However, the away celebrations were short-lived when Barnet were awarded a free-kick from 30 yards out.

Substitute Sparkes stepped up to take it before bending a delightful effort around the wall, finding the net via the crossbar in spectacular fashion.

The goal sent The Hive into frenzy but it was to be a very tense final 15 minutes.

Huffer was on hand again to deny Maupay with 10 minutes to go before producing another good save to keep out Said Benrahma’s effort from distance.

Odubajo then saw his low drive hit the post before Julian Jeanvier’s effort was blocked off the line following a corner.

Elito then made way for Andre Boucaud just shy of the five minutes of stoppage time in which neither side could find a winner, taking the tie to a replay.

6,215 spectators attended the game making it a record turn-out at The Hive London.

A date for the replay will be announced in due course with the winner of the tie travelling to Championship side Swansea City in round five.

Barnet side: Huffer, Alexander, Johnson, Robson ( c ), Coulthirst, Taylor, Fonguck (Sparkes), Elito (Boucaud), Tutonda, Sweeney, Mason-Clark.

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Harrison, Payne, Smith, Bettamer.

Attendance: 6215 (1822 Brentford)

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Ticket News

News | Brentford's a sell out!

27 January 2019

Tickets in all home areas for our Fourth Round Emirates FA Cup tie have now all gone!

Thank you for your incredible support!

However, there are still a handful of seats remaining in our Club 1888 hospitality offering.

In Club 1888, you get:

- A two-course meal
- A private cash bar (18:15-22:15)
- Seats right next to the dugout in Block E of The Hive Stand
- Complimentary Match Programme

All of this for just £50!

To purchase a seat in Club 1888, please email Binita Senghani on bsenghani@thehivelondon.com

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