Game #5464

Season | 2017-18 |

Matchday | #27 |
League Game | #24 |
Manager Game | #63 |
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Football League | Championship | Away | Brentford | Griffin Park | 11,341 |

Game Summary

Manager | Steve Bruce | 

KO | 19.30 |
Referee | Keith Stroud | 
HT Score | 1-1 |

FT Score | 1-2 |
FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DDLDL | 

Scorers | Josh Onomah | 30’ |

Assists | Scott Hogan | 30’ |

League Position | 8th | -2 |

Line Up |

GK Sam Johnstone |
LB Neil Taylor |
CB James Chester |
CB Tommy Elphick |
BOOKED | 68' | SUB OFF | 85' |
RB Alan Hutton |
M Glenn Whelan |
SUB OFF | 67' |
M Mile Jedinak |
M Jack Grealish |
W Robert Snodgrass |
W Albert Adomah |
SUB OFF | 18' |
F Scott Hogan | ASSIST | 30' |

Substitutes |

M Josh Onomah GOAL | 30' | for W Albert Adomah | 18’ | 
CF Keinan Davis for M Glenn Whelan | 67’ | 
RB Ahmed El Mohamady for CB Tommy Elphick | 85’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Jed Steer
RB Richie De Laet
M Conor Hourihane
M Birkir Bjarnasson

Cards |

 Yellow | Tommy Elphick | 68’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 29.26 | 

Oldest Player | M Glenn Whelan | 33.98 |

Youngest Player | M Jack Grealish | 22.31 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | 

CB John Terry |

Loaned Out |

W Carles Gil | Deportivo La Coruña | 12 July 2017 - 30 June 2018 |

LB Jordan Amavi | Marseille | 10 August 2017 - 30 June 2018 |

M Gary Gardner | Barnsley | 31 August 2017 - 31 May 2018 |

GK Matija Šarkić | Wigan Athletic | 31 August 2017 - 7 January 2018 |

CF Ross McCormack | Melbourne City | 29 September 2017 - 31 January 2018 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 47
Possession A | 53
Shots F | 6
Shots A | 8
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 10
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 11

Match Report

 

Sky Sports

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Lasse Vibe was the hero for Brentford once again as he scored the winner in a 2-1 Boxing Day victory over Aston Villa at Griffin Park.


The Bees had taken time to grow into the game, but took the lead in the pouring rain when Ryan Woods seized on Glenn Whelan’s mistake to feed Romaine Sawyers, who drove home the opener from 20 yards (22).

But following sustained pressure in the final third, Josh Onomah drew Villa level when he met former Brentford striker Scott Hogan’s dinked cross to divert a powerful header past Daniel Bentley in the Bees goal (30).

 

And Vibe - who scored twice against Norwich on Friday night - capitalised on another defensive mix-up seven minutes after the break (52) to secure the victory and ensure another bad day at the office for Steve Bruce’s backline.

 

Villa looked more strategic after throwing away two cheap goals against Sheffield United on Saturday evening, while Brentford were subdued and found themselves on the back foot in the opening 15 minutes.

 

It looked as though the opener would come from a mistake - and it did. Whelan misplaced his pass on the edge of the area, allowing Woods to square for Sawyers, who tucked a low shot past Sam Johnstone.
 

The Bees continued to look bright on the attack but had their lead cancelled within 10 minutes. After sustained Villa pressure in the final third, Onomah - an early substitute for Albert Adomah - drew the visitors level when he headed Hogan’s cross home.

 

The Bees flew out of the traps after the restart and restored their lead after 52 minutes when Vibe slotted home from close range after Onomah and Tommy Elphick failed to track his run into the box.
 

Both centre-backs - Andreas Bjelland and Chris Mepham - suffered blows to the face as Brentford dug deep to keep the threat Villa posed at bay late on, forcing plenty of stoppage time at the game’s conclusion.
 

And the visitors came within inches of grabbing an equaliser through Keinan Davis in those six nervy minutes of added time after tireless work from Jack Grealish, but it was the Bees who held firm to take all three points.

 

The managers
 

Dean Smith: “I thought there was a period [in the second half] where we were on top and maybe we should have converted the chances we made there, but we didn’t quite take it.
 

“I thought we were good value for the win, to be honest. I thought we started the game really well, passed the ball quite well and pressed them very well. I don’t think we created loads of chances, but when they did come around, we took them well, so it’s a great victory for us.

 

Steve Bruce:”We’re not going to try and flannel it or do anything, we simply weren’t good enough on the night. All round, we didn’t do enough with or without the ball so where do you want to start?
 

“Sometimes it’s difficult to come in front of cameras when we’ve just witnessed something like that, but it’s difficult because I thought those sort of days were behind us.”

 

Player ratings
 

Brentford: Bentley (6), Yennaris (7), Mepham (6), Bjelland (6), Barbet (6), McEachran (6), Woods (6), Josefzoon (6), Sawyers (7), Canos (9), Vibe (7)

Subs: Mokotjo (5), Maupay (N/A)

Aston Villa: Johnstone (6), Hutton (5), Chester (6), Elphick (6), Taylor (6), Snodgrass (6), Whelan (5), Jedinak (6), Adomah (5), Grealish (7), Hogan (5)

Subs: Onomah (7), Davis (6), Elmohamady (N/A)