Game #5525

Seasons | 2018-19 |

Matchday | #35 |
League Game | #32 |
Manager Game | #21 |
Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Football League | Championship | Away | Brentford | Griffin Park | 9,636 |

Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith | 

KO | 19.45 |
Referee | Tony Harrington | 

 HT Score | 0-0 | 

 FT Score | 0-1 | 
 FT Result | Lost | 

Last 5 Games | DWDDL | 

 League Position | 10th | -2 | 

Line Up |

GK Lovre Kalinić |
RB Alan Hutton |
BOOKED | 40' |
CB Kortney Hause |
CB Tyrone Mings |
CB Tommy Elphick |
M John McGinn |
M Glenn Whelan |
M Conor Hourihane |
SUB OFF | 84' |
W Anwar El Ghazi | SUB OFF | 59' |
W Albert Adomah | SUB OFF | 59' |
CF Tammy Abraham |

Substitutes |

W André Green for W Anwar El Ghazi | 59’ | 
RB Ahmed El Mohamady for W Albert Adomah | 59’ | 
CF Jonathan Kodjia for M Conor Hourihane | 84’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Jed Steer
M Mile Jedinak
M Birkir Bjarnasson
M Jacob Ramsey

Cards |

 Yellow | Alan Hutton for a bad foul | 40’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 28.00 | 

Oldest Player | M Glenn Whelan | 35.11 |

Youngest Player | CF Tammy Abraham | 21.38 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

M Jack Grealish |

CB Axel Tuanzebe |

GK Ørjan Nyland |

M Henri Lansbury |

CB James Chester |

M Tom Carroll |

LB Neil Taylor |


Loaned Out |

M Gary Gardner | Birmingham City | 9 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

RB Mitchell Clark | Port Vale | 16 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

M Aaron Tshibola | Kilmarnock | 29 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

RB Richie De Laet | Melbourne City | 14 September 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

CF Ross McCormack | Motherwell | 5 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

 F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | Cambridge United | 11 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

F Callum O'Hare | Carlisle United | 29 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

W Corey Blackett-Taylor | Walsall | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

RB James Bree | Ipswich Town | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

M Jake Doyle-Hayes | Cambridge United | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

F Scott Hogan | Sheffield United | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 | 

F Harry McKirdy | Newport County | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

RB Frédéric Guilbert | SM Caen | 31 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 38
Possession A | 62
Shots F | 6
Shots A | 23
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 7

Match Report

Sky Sports

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Neal Maupay struck a clinical stoppage-time winner as Brentford beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Dean Smith’s return to his former club.


The Bees had been the better team for the entirety of the first half and missed numerous chances to open the scoring, Sergi Canos notably forcing Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic to tip a dipping volley over the bar early on.

 

Smith’s side seemed to come to their senses after the break, but Daniel Bentley was rarely tested, though he did well to stay alert to block Conor Hourihane’s shot with 23 minutes to play.

 

Brentford looked as though they would be left to rue their failure to convert their attacking display into a win, but Maupay hit the top corner in the second minute of injury time, to leave Villa without league win at Griffin Park since 1947.
 

On the night Smith returned to Griffin Park for the first time since his departure in October, it was his side still harbouring realistic hopes of a play-off chase, yet it was his former players who dominated proceedings from the first whistle.

 

Though Thomas Frank denied it prior to kick-off, the Bees stuck with the 3-4-3 formation that has served them so well recently, and it was makeshift right wing-back Canos who was the first to go close when he forced a smart save out of Kalinic from 20 yards.
 

The severe pressure from the hosts showed no signs of letting up as the half wore on; Moses Odubajo struck the side netting, while Maupay half-heartedly appealed for a penalty and Said Benrahma shot wide on the swivel.
 

Albert Adomah could have dealt the Bees a sucker-punch moments before the break when he managed to get goal-side of Odubajo, but goalkeeper Bentley rushed out to narrow the angle and the winger dragged the shot across the face of goal.
 

Smith sent his troops out to stop the hosts from playing their passing game after the break and, for the first 15 minutes or so, it worked. Canos found fewer pockets to race into, while Hourihane was denied the chance to strike on the counter when Bentley raced off his line to close down the shot with his arms outstretched.
 

Frank’s team continued to tinker around the Villa 18-yard box to no avail, but in stoppage time, they finally made their long spells of dominance worthwhile. Tommy Elphick prematurely went to ground, allowing star man Maupay to cut inside Tyrone Mings and bury the winner.

 

Dean Smith:

 

“They played very well, but they’ve done that for the last three or four years here; they’ve got good players who can pass and move. The disappointing part of tonight and probably the most frustrating is that the big chances fell to us tonight and we’ve missed them.

 

Player ratings


Brentford: Bentley (7), Odubajo (7), Konsa (6), Jeanvier (6), Barbet (6), Canos (7), Mokotjo (6), Sawyers (6), Watkins (6), Benrahma (8), Maupay (7)

 

Subs: Field (n/a), Ogbene (n/a)

 

Aston Villa: Kalinic (7), Hutton (6), Elphick (5), Mings (6), Hause (6), Whelan, McGinn (5), Hourihane (6), El Ghazi (4), Adomah (5), Abraham (4)

 

Subs: Green (5), Elmohamady (5), Kodjia