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MATCH PREVIEW | CARDIFF CITY vs BRENTFORD

7 April 2017


The Bluebirds return to Cardiff City Stadium following back-to-back away games, taking on Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship.

Saturday's match against the Bees marks Foundation Day 2017 - find out more on an important day in the Cardiff City calendar here!

THE OPPOSITION


Brentford arrive in the Welsh capital in good form, having won their last three Championship games and currently occupy twelfth place in the league table. 

Dean Smith’s men began this run in their last game before the international break with an exhilarating 5-3 away win over struggling Burton Albion.

The Bees then comfortably dispatched Bristol City 2-0 at Griffin Park at the beginning of the April. Last time out, they secured an impressive 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Leeds United. First half goals from Romaine Sawyers and Lasse Vibe were enough to secure all three points foe the Bees.

Brentford’s top scorer, Scott Hogan, left to join Aston Villa in January but forward Lasse Vibe is only one goal away from equaling Hogan’s tally for the club this season. The Danish international has thirteen goals to his name so far this campaign as well as an impressive eight assists.  

CLUB CONNECTIONS


Kadeem Harris joined the Bees on loan during the 2013/14 League One season and got off to a fantastic start for the club, scoring on his debut in a 3-1 win over Colchester United.

Kadeem arrived at Cardiff City Stadium in 2012 and has been an important presence in Neil Warnock’s squad this season, making over 30 appearances and scoring four league goals. 

Others to have represented both the Bluebirds and the Bees include Leo Fortune West, Tommy Smith, Simon Moore, Tom Adeyemi and Ben Nugent.

MEMORABLE MEETING


The two sides clashed in a thrilling Cardiff City Stadium encounter on 15th December 2015.

Striker Tony Watt put the Bluebirds ahead twenty minutes into the game, pouncing after Craig Noone’s shot was parried to bundle the ball home. It was then 2-0 before half time when scorer Watt turned provider; the Scotsman fed partner Kenwyne Jones who placed the ball past ‘keeper David Button.

The Bees launched a fight back in the second half with goals from Jake Bidwell and John Swift ensuring it was 2-2 going into the dying minutes.

With added time nearly up, some good work from Fábio and Scott Malone teed up Jones who converted the chance to secure his second of the game and three points for the Bluebirds.

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REPORT: CARDIFF CITY 2-1 BRENTFORD

8 April 2017

CITY COME FROM BEHIND TO BEAT BRENTFORD AT CCS


After falling behind to Sergi Canos' strike, second-half goals from Sean Morrison and Peter Whittingham saw the Bluebirds beat Brentford on a sunny Foundation Day 2017.

AN OPEN START


Neil Warnock’s side created the first opportunity of the game in the first minute. Aron Gunnarsson’s long throw found captain Sean Morrison, but his glancing header was straight at Daniel Bentley. Gunnarsson was involved again on the fifteen-minute mark; the Icelandic international’s long range effort stinging the hands of Bentley, with the Brentford stopper alert to Kadeem Harris’ follow-up.

The visitors continued to press, with Sergi Canos firing just wide of Allan McGregor’s right-hand post. Minutes later, the Bluebirds nearly took the lead. Harris played it into the overlapping Joe Bennett, with the left-back delivering an excellent cross to find an unmarked Junior Hoilett, but the winger fired his effort over from twelve yards out.

Brentford continued to threaten on the counter attack. Canos was again involved with his clever back heel finding an unmarked Jota, but his shot was well defended by the Bluebirds’ back line and it deflected wide for a corner.  Moments later, Jota’s free kick found Yoann Barbet unmarked in the Cardiff penalty area, but McGregor was there to produce a superb save from point-blank range.

BLUEBIRDS HIT BACK


With the first half drawing to a close, the Bluebirds found themselves behind, following a good move by the visitors. Konstantin Kerschbaumer found Canos with an improvised backheel, and the Spaniard was on hand to tap home to give Brentford the lead with less than five minutes remaining before the interval.

The Bluebirds began the second half excellently though, and grabbed an equaliser just a minute after the restart. Peter Whittingham's superb delivery from the left hand side found Morrison, who headed past Bentley to bring the two sides level. It was the defender’s fourth goal of the season. Minutes later, the Bluebirds were so close to taking the lead their second half display deserved. Jazz Richards did well to find Junior Hoilett, but the Canadian was denied brilliantly by Bentley with a close-range header, while Morrison was also prevented from doubling his tally by the Brentford stopper.

Brentford almost took the lead themselves on the counter. McGregor did well again to deny Canos his second goal of the game. Kerschbaumer then stuck the ball home from the rebound, but to the Bluebird’s relief, the referee was on hand to disallow the goal for handball.

WHITTS HITS THE WINNER


With the clock ticking down, the Bluebirds finally took the lead. Kenneth Zohore did well to knock down his header to Whittingham and the midfielder found space in the Brentford penalty area, hitting a right-footed volley into the bottom corner to complete the comeback.

With their tails up, Cardiff almost made the game safe two minutes later. Whittingham’s low free-kick found Gunnarsson, but his header was straight at Bentley. Hoilett also tried his luck from distance, but Bentley was well behind it.

Richards did brilliantly to deny Alan McCormack with a last-ditch tackle as the Bluebird’s closed in on victory. With two minutes remaining, Lasse Vibe looked to have escaped Bruno Manga in the six-yard box, but the defender did well to stay with his man and deflect the Brentford striker’s effort into the side netting. Thankfully for the Bluebirds, the corner came to nothing and the Bluebirds managed to hang on for a hard-fought three points.

FULL TIME: CARDIFF CITY 2-1 BRENTFORD

Cardiff City: McGregor, Richards, Manga, Morrison, Bennett, Ralls, Whittingham (Halford 89’), Gunnarsson, Hoilett, K. Harris, Zohore (Pilkington 88’).
Subs not used: Murphy, Noone, John, Connolly, Lambert.

Brentford: Bentley, Clarke, Dean, Barbet, Henry, Jota, Woods, Kerschibaumer (Yennaris 60’), Canos (Jozefzoon 76’), Sawyers (McCormack 76’), Vibe.
Subs not used: Bonham, Hoffman, Egan, Field. 

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