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Brentford v Albion match preview

16 March 2019

Albion play their third Sky Bet Championship game in a week when they travel to Brentford’s Griffin Park on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The opposition 
 
Brentford are managed by Thomas Frank, who took over in October 2018 following the departure of Dean Smith. Frank had been Brentford's assistant manager since 2016 after a stint managing Brøndby IF.
 
The Bees are currently 14th in the table having won 13, drawn 10 and lost 13 of their 36 games so far this season. 
 
Last time out
 
Our last meeting was a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns in December.
 
Albion had managed to break the deadlock in a tight encounter with just over 10 minutes to play as Harvey Barnes fired home, but Lewis MacLeod snatched a point for the Bees right at the death.
 
Stats
 
Albion
 
• Jay Rodriguez bagged his 18th goal of the season in his 80th Baggies appearance against Swansea City this week. The striker is now just one short of 30 for the Club since his arrival in July 2017
• Thanks in part to some Sam Johnstone heroics, Albion recorded their 10th clean sheet of the season across all competitions on Wednesday night
• Despite defeat at Leeds just under a fortnight ago the Baggies have won eight of their last 10 fixtures away from home
 
Opposition
 
• Brentford came out on top the last time these two sides met at Griffin Park - a 3-0 triumph way back in August 1998
• The Bees were beaten 2-0 at Sheffield United in their last outing
• Frank's side have a remarkable recent home record, winning their last seven matches in all competitions at Griffin Park
 
From the archive
 
Here are the highlights from Albion’s 2-1 victory at Brentford in October 1991.

Kwame Ampadu and Don Goodman scored the goals for the Baggies.
 
 
Head to head 
 
Albion are clear leaders in the head-to-head record.
 
Of the 17 matches that have been played, the Baggies have won 11 of them, whilst Brentford have won three and the other three have ended in draws.
 
Man in the middle 
 
The referee for Saturday’s match is Andrew Madley, and he’ll be assisted by Dean Treleaven and Matt Foley - with Lee Venamore as the fourth official.
 
Madley has refereed Albion once this season, officiating the 1-1 draw at Birmingham City in September.
 
Ticket news
 
Tickets for Albion's trip to Brentford is SOLD OUT with more than 1,600 fans heading to London to support the Baggies.
 
Follow the game
 
Comprehensive coverage of the clash with the Bees is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.
 
WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.
 
International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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Match Reports

Brentford 0 Albion 1

16 March 2019

A sublime solo Kyle Edwards goal was enough to secure a 1-0 victory at Brentford as Albion won for the second time in four days.

An impressive victory in a close-fought match at a windy Griffin Park in front of more than 1,600 noisy travelling supporters was settled by a moment of individual brilliance from Academy product Edwards.

The Baggies enjoyed their fifth visit to Griffin Park since the end of the Second World War by building on the momentum of a 3-0 win at The Hawthorns against Swansea City in the week.

Sam Johnstone was deserving of his second clean sheet of the week, after an impressive first half performance, but after the break Albion were the dominant force.

Ahmed Hegazi curled an effort goalwards and Dwight Gayle was unlucky to see his free-kick tipped wide by former Albion player Luke Daniels, but the Baggies were worth their win in London - the second consecutive triumph whilst playing in the capital since March 2007 - following last month's 3-2 win at Queens Park Rangers.

James Shan made three changes to the side that beat Swansea City 3-0 at The Hawthorns on Wednesday, bringing in James Morrison, Stefan Johansen and Edwards - who made his first ever Albion league start.

The Baggies began attacking the away end and had a succession of early corners but the hosts would retaliate. Said Benrahma fired a low effort goalwards, which Johnstone comfortably pushed to safety, and Albion’s ‘keeper was just as comfortable when dealing with Romaine Sawyers’ strike across the face of goal.

But the the away side pressed high and made it difficult for the Bees, and as a result won possession in several dangerous positions. Dwight Gayle worked Albion’s first notable shooting opportunity, but fired well over the bar for the Baggies.

A tight opening period would see more chances for both sides; Benrahma fizzed another shot at the target for the hosts but Johnstone got down low to catch, whilst Edwards cut in for the Baggies and rocketed a thunderous strike just over the bar and into the away end. 

Julian Jeanvier squandered a golden opportunity for the Bees on the half-hour mark as he hit wide from six yards after meeting a low cross and Brentford then came forward again, Yoann Barbet firing from range with Johnstone again parrying to safety. 

On 34 minutes, Albion’s travelling support broke out into applause to honour the life of the Club Secretary Simon Carrington, who sadly passed away on Friday at the age of 34. Albion’s players also donned black armbands in memory of Simon.

Johnstone would have to be at his best just before half-time to keep the scores level by tipping a Barbet free-kick from the edge of the box over the bar.

After the restart Albion took the lead within six minutes. Edwards picked up the ball out wide and made a dazzling run into the Brentford box, skipping past a host of opposition players, before finishing into the corner from close range.

The youngster's maiden Albion league goal on his full league debut was not only memorable, but it was simply sensational.

In the ascendency, the Baggies looked for a second. Gayle volleyed from the edge of the box with a deflection earning Albion a corner. Then Edwards teased the Bees defence before teeing up Hegazi who forced a diving save out of Luke Daniels in the Brentford goal.

The Baggies had the ball in the Brentford net with just over 20 minutes to play, after Dawson tapped in from close range, but was judged to be offside after a Brunt shot had been pushed into his path.

Gayle won a free-kick on the edge of the box after he was tripped, but Daniels again made a flying save to push it away with his fingertips.

Despite four minutes of stoppage time, Albion saw out the game with relative ease to win at Griffin Park for the first time since 1991.

ALBION: Johnstone; Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Townsend; Morrison (Livermore 80), Brunt, Johansen; Edwards (Robson-Kanu 74), Gayle, Rodriguez.

Substitutes: Bond, Bartley, Mears, Barry, Murphy.

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Ticket News

Brentford sold out

28 February 2019

The Baggies will be backed by a sell-out following at Brentford.

Albion travel to Griffin Park on Saturday, March 16 (ko 3pm) for what promises to be a crucial Sky Bet Championship clash.

Just over 1,600 Baggies will head to London to support Darren Moore's men.

Thank you, as always, for your terrific support.

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