Written by billythekid
In the first game at Dean Court on Monday in a tight game with both set of defences playing well, AFCB were unlucky to lose Steve Cook after 45 mins due to injury. In the second half after 55 minutes, the Cherries had a breakaway move with the final pass nicely executed by David Brooks to find Arnaut Danjuma who coolly slotted the ball into the far corner of the Brentford net to put our side into the lead. That goal in the end was the only goal of the game. Another player to be substituted because of injury was Ben Pearson in the 72nd minute. Both sides will commence battle again on Saturday at 12.30 pm at Brentford’s ground in front of around 4,000 home fans this time, the game is live on Sky.
In their last play-off semi-final, last season Brentford played Swansea City over the two legs. As with our game against them, Brentford’s first game was away in Wales at the Liberty Stadium and the result was a 1-0 win for Swansea City (same as at Dean Court on Monday). Back at home Brentford won 3-1 and went through 3-2 on aggregate to face Fulham in the final.
In the 2014-15 season in the Championship semi-final, Brentford had to play Middlesbrough, the first leg was at home and Brentford lost 1-2. Away at Middlesbrough in the second leg the home side won 3-0, to give Middlesbrough an aggregate of 5-1.
Brentford this season at home in their last four games drew the first two, 0-0 against Millwall and 1-1 with Cardiff City. In their last two games, they beat Rotherham United 1-0 and in their last home game they beat Championship runners-up (for the second time) Watford 2-0. Brentford’s last four away games in the 46 game Championship season was better with 3 wins and a draw.
In all away league games against Brentford, AFCB have W 9, D 19, L 23.
All competitions, AFCB have W 39, D 32, L 40.
Brentford v AFCB
Brentford Team News
They had both Henrik Dalsgaard and Rico Henry back after a time out injured, both came on as subs at Dean Court and might start on Saturday.
Brentford Player To Watch
Even though our defence had him well marked again, Ivor Toney will be a real threat on his own ground in front of their fans where he has scored 15 of his 31 goals in the Championship.
AFCB Team News
Injury news, Steve Cook (knee) and Ben Pearson (hip), could both be available for this important game.
AFCB Player To Watch
Again our main threat is our leading scorer this season Arnaut Danjuma. David Brooks had a good game in midfield on Monday in which he assisted for the goal. Our defending will be key in this game, so hope Steve Cook is back to partner Cameron Carter-Vickers.
The referee for this game is Jarred Gillett.
We had him earlier this season for our away defeat 2-1 against Brentford.
Also away against Coventry City & Birmingham City, both 1-3 wins and Preston 1-1 draw.
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…with what looked like a serious problem I don’t think that Steve Cook will make it into the team for Saturday…we do have an international defender to replace him and we should show some faith in him to do a good job on the Brentford attack.
I hope that we press them and the longer we keep them at bay the more pressure will build on them…I think that we will score so they will need two goals at least in my opinion…we have drawn so many matches (too many) this season but I will take another one on Saturday. – Join the conversation, click here.