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Brentford 2 v 0 Ipswich Town
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Wednesday, 10th April 2019 Kick-off 19:45
Brentford 2-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Wednesday, 10th Apr 2019 21:43

First-half goals from Neal Maupay and Ollie Watkins saw Brentford to a comfortable victory over the Blues at Griffin Park. Maupay slammed home the opener in the 20th minute, moments after Collin Quaner had hit the post for the Blues when through on goal, then Watkins netted the second eight minutes later after the Bees made the most of a Flynn Downes error.

Downes, Trevoh Chalobah, Toto Nsiala and James Bree returned to the Town starting line-up with Cole Skuse, James Collins and Gwion Edwards all dropping out of the 18.

Downes came into the midfield for Skuse, while Nsiala took over from Collins at the centre of the defence. Bree was at right-back with Josh Emmanuel dropping to the bench.

Chalobah was back in midfield, while Dozzell was in a role on the right similar to the one Alan Judge, facing his old club, plays on the left, with Quaner again the central striker.

Simon Dawkins and Tristan Nydam were among the subs but there was no place in the 18 for Will Keane, the striker still considered not ready for his return from his hamstring injury.

Neither side made much headway in the opening 10 minutes, although the home team saw most of the ball, with the only serious action a nasty looking late and high challenge by Bees skipper Romaine Sawyers on Teddy Bishop which surprisingly didn’t see referee Andy Davies show his first card of the evening.

On 11 Maupay tried to play through Watkins but the ball was overhit and Bartosz Bialkowski claimed. Four minutes later, Bree tried similar at the other end and his pass was also too strong for Judge.

Town began to see more of the ball and in the 19th minute Bishop was sent away down the left by Judge but his cross towards Quaner was cut out.

A minute later, the Blues should have gone in front. Dozzell sent Quaner through on goal, the on-loan Huddersfield man took the ball wide of keeper Luke Daniels and chipped goalwards but his effort stuck the post and bounced out.

Town were immediately made the rue the miss with Brentford breaking up the other end and taking the lead, Maupay slamming home from eight yards after his initial attempt had been blocked by Bree following good work from Said Benrahma.

Having taken the lead the Bees had their tails up and soon after the goal Benrahma hit a powerful strike from 25 yards but which was straight at Bialkowski.

Moments later, Watkins was found on the right of the box and his low shot was well-saved by Town’s Polish international keeper.

In the 28th minute Brentford made it 2-0. Downes slipped midway inside the Blues half - hardly the first Town player to lose his footing - and gifted possession to Sawyers, who fed Maupay. The earlier scorer played to Benrahma to his left and the Algerian passed across the six-yard box to Watkins, who was able to tap home with comfort at the far post.

Dozzell curled a shot to keeper Daniels on 33 but the home side continued to look the greater threat with Maupay eventually getting crowded out on the edge of the box.

The Frenchman, whose movement was giving the Town backline all sorts of problems, almost made it 3-0 on 38 when fed in on the edge of the box by Benrahma but he shot wide.

The Blues were fortunate to reach the break without conceding a further goal with Maupay and Benrhama in particular having caused no end of problems throughout the half.

The first Brentford goal was a microcosm of Town’s season, the Blues having created an excellent chance which Quaner had been unable to take before Brentford were immediately allowed to take their first chance at the other end.

The Bees’ second goal came from the sort of slip which has happened too often throughout the campaign.

Aside from Quaner’s chance the Blues had failed to create anything with the home side’s backline solid.

Five minutes after the restart, the Bees again went close to their third, Benrahma’s looping shot scuffed the outside of the angle of post and bar from Sawyers’s ball in from the right. Moments later, the Algerian scraped another effort wide.

Nsiala was booked for an awkward-looking challenge on Maupay on halfway on 54 which led to a brief bout of handbags before order was restored.

Benrahma shot wide again on 57 after a strong run from Rico Henry, then at the other end Judge, unable to influence the game as much as he has other recent matches, shot well over from an angle on the right.

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Kayden Jackson took over from Quaner in the 61st minute with the Blues showing little sign of getting back into the game. A minute later, Maupay went just wide for the Bees.

Nydam replaced Bishop in the 66th minute, the 19-year-old’s first appearance under Paul Lambert.

The excellent Benrahma and Maupay were replaced by Sergei Canos and Emiliano Marcondes in the 72nd minute with Bees still comfortably retaining their two-goal lead.

Mads Bech Sorensen was booked for a foul on Jackson, then in the 75th minute Judge forced Daniels to tip over with a curling, looping effort from distance on the left. The keeper subsequently just about held on to Dozzell’s corner from the right. Five minutes later, Idris El Mizouni replaced Chalobah in the Town midfield.

Judge should have netted his first goal for the Blues against his old club in the 81st minute when sent away on the edge of the box to the right after El Mizouni had won the ball from Henry but hit his shot the wrong side of the far post.

The Bees continued to look the more likely scorers of the game’s third goal until referee Davies’s whistle ended a well-deserved victory which was never in any doubt once their two first-half goals had been scored.

The West Londoners, who were well in control from virtually start to end, might well have been further in front at the break and had chances to add to their lead in the second, while Daniels in the Brentford goal was only really troubled by Judge’s effort he tipped over and the former Bee’s shot wide later in the half.

The Blues, whose large support kept singing in the manner which has become so familiar in recent weeks, passed the ball around at times but without ever dominating Brentford and rarely threatening their goal.

With Reading eventually drawing 2-2 with Norwich, Hull defeating Wigan 2-1 and Millwall drawing 0-0 with QPR, Town’s relegation to the third tier for the first time in 62 years is still to be confirmed, but remains just a matter of time.

The Blues, who are now 14 points plus goal difference from safety with five left to play, host Birmingham City, who drew 1-1 with Sheffield United at St Andrew’s, on Saturday.

Brentford: Daniels, Odubajo, Henry, Maupay (Marcondes 72), Watkins (Forss 87), Dasilva, Sawyers (c), Benrahma (Canos 72), Jeanvier, Konsa, Bech Sorensen. Unused: Balcombe, Macleod, Dalsgaard, Oksanen.

Town: Bialkowski, Bree, Chambers (c), Nsiala, Kenlock, Chalobah (El Mizouni 80), Downes, Bishop (Nydam 66), Dozzell, Judge, Quaner (Jackson 61). Unused: Gerken, Knudsen, Emmanuel, Dawkins. Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire).

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RobITFC added 21:45 - Apr 10
Poor!
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martin587 added 21:48 - Apr 10
Once again fantastic support.Very disappointing performance from the lads tonight.Just looked as though they have given up and accepted the inevitable.
Nothing more to add.!
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Raedwaldblue added 21:49 - Apr 10
Fair play to all town supporters who made a great noise all game , terrible performance from town tonight..
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jas0999 added 21:49 - Apr 10
Dreadful performance. Couldn’t see the point of playing loans who won’t be here next season above our players. It’s one thing playing Bolton. Quaner out of his depth again tonight and should have scored. Looked very poor.

One of the easiest Brentford wins this season, in what continues to be a very depressing one for a once proud club, rich in tradition - ITFC under Evans has finally come to this. Shameful. Embarrassing.
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jas0999 added 21:50 - Apr 10
Martin - sorry. Marked down by complete mistake.
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TimmyH added 21:51 - Apr 10
Men against boys I'm afraid tonight, they (Brentford) pass the ball quickly and far more urgently at times than us and also won a majority of the 50/50's...amazing to think most seasons they lose a few of their quality players, don't have a big budget but still play enterprising football - something our club needs to learn after years in the doldrums not playing this way under a certain manager I won't mention, our young players need to take this in as some of them have and still found clearly wanting (won't mention any names).

Sadly we're almost out of our pain with a few matches to go...
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StAlbansTractorBoy added 21:55 - Apr 10
We have come so far in the last 40 years... playing the likes of Barcelona & beating them, with Cruyff et al. It's a very sad night - a miserable defeat at Brentford. My son doesn't even know where Scunthorpe is. A very sad demise of a once great team. No way back that I can see.
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blueboy1981 added 21:55 - Apr 10
No excuses please - simply another inept performance.

Where are our 'so called superstars' that are going to supposedly blitz League 1 next season ?

I predicted the scoreline - we offer little, if anything, that's required to win football matches, is the stark reality of it all.

Get this season well and truly over with, it cannot come too soon.
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blueboy1981 added 22:00 - Apr 10
Sometimes it has to be said - we lack effort, as we did tonight. Fine margins, but we are always the wrong side of those margins.

Most teams have a spring in their step, we all too often have an apparent resigned, almost lazy, attitude.

We thoroughly deserve where we are - no questions asked.
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Steve_D added 22:01 - Apr 10
Think Simon Jordan may be right
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herfie added 22:02 - Apr 10
If we need a template of how to run a successful football club on a fairly limited budget then we have seen it tonight. ME should look closely on how they operate.

Once again, fantastic support - they deserved more than tonight’s tepid (and frankly worrying) performance. Can see why they were happy to allow Alan Judge to leave; they have equally good or better in their squad.
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runningout added 22:02 - Apr 10
Been said.. lesson from Brentford on how to pass a football. Remember when we could string a few together. This winning s*it is overrated anyhow
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blueboy1981 added 22:03 - Apr 10
What a turnout of support again on a cold night ? - Legends, every one of you, on the back of a long haul at the weekend.
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Blueactually75 added 22:12 - Apr 10
Simon Jordan hit the nail on the head this week on Talksport when he said he had no idea why his friend Marcus Evans took over the club. He has no loyalty or even interest in the club and is certainly not doing anything to make us better. Very sad state of affairs right now.
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martin587 added 22:13 - Apr 10
Now stuck in London traffic.In hindsight this was always going to be a dead rubber but I did expect more tonight.I don’t think we even had a true shot on target.I’m very disappointed tonight.Its pointless to criticise after tonight but we will need to play a great deal better next season if we are to return to the championship straight away.
After this performance I won’t hold my breath and I won’t loose any sleep as time is a great healer.( So the saying goes).🤔
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ITFCsince73 added 22:16 - Apr 10
A club with zero on field leardership. But the circus rolls on. A totally disastrous season and period for the club.
The big issue is I don’t think our problems have bottomed out.
L1 will be anything but easy. Brentford tonight, a bang average Championship team, who never really got out of 2nd gear. And afforded to sub there better players early in the second half.
We are currently being lead into the abyss.
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blueboy1981 added 22:21 - Apr 10
Paul Lambert, we believe in you - but, your results page continues to look pretty abysmal.

Let's hope there's an about turn - next season, for all our sakes.
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heathen66 added 22:24 - Apr 10
I know I sound like broken record but playing one up top will vary rarely win you games.
How many long balls did Quaner win and if he did there was no one with him.
Midfield looked as though they had been thrown together 5 mins before the start. Missed Edwards out wide as an outlet to build an attack.
Nsiala again stood out and one of very few that looked as though they really cared (expect to be dropped again for Saturday)
Dozzell and Bishop out of position and failed to make any impact
One of Chalobahs poorer games but still the best in the middle.

Again lacked a true leader to guide the side and lead by example.

Thoroughly disappointed after a lack lustre performance
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1psw1ch added 22:27 - Apr 10
evans out
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BecclesBlue500 added 22:28 - Apr 10
A salutary footnote to all those posters who lambasted those of us who dared to suggest that a 2-1 victory against Bolton (who are sh1te, who hadn’t trained or been paid) shouldn’t be taken too positively; we played a lower half championship side tonight and had nil (zero - 0) shots on target and only 4 in total against Brentford’s 16 in total; we were 2-0 down with 25 minutes and it sounds like Brentford basically stopped playing too seriously at that point.

Lambert has won 3 games out of 25; we haven’t improved at all. We’ll be relegated on Saturday - and I can hear it now....”in Lambert we trust”.......

Tell me again why everyone is so optimistic about being in League 1??
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tractorintheloft added 22:31 - Apr 10
Await PL usual “we were brilliant but didn’t get what we deserved”. What a dreadful time to support Ipswich. I just cannot see us bouncing back. I fear another difficult summer and lack of investment.
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algarvefan added 22:35 - Apr 10
Wow, what amazing support yet again tonight, beaten by a better footballing side of that there is no doubt and there were a few positives tonight, N'Siala I think is growing with every game, he will be key next season and it was good to see the youngsters coming on.

I don't know why we play the loan players still, Challobah in particular was pants tonight, even Bree looked out of sorts. We look like we need to get forward together as Brentford did, attack as a team, we still look so lightweight up front.

Still at least there are signs of our passing game coming together albeit in patches. We need strikers for next season, I still think Jackson will come good in time.

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Walk_the_Wark added 22:38 - Apr 10
Ultimately, Quaner and Judge missed 1-1's I could have scored... We played badly but it could have been 2-2. All our strikers are sh$t. End of
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goat_man added 22:39 - Apr 10
How the hell could this have happened when we have Chambers and his 100% commitment in the team?
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ITFCsince73 added 22:42 - Apr 10
Only if a couple of good strikers was the problem solver.
We would struggle to make a promotion push if we went straight into L2.
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