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Posted Friday, May 7th 2021

MansionBet Match Preview: Brentford (H)

The season wraps up this Saturday with City going head-to-head against play-off candidates Brentford.

City sign off the season against the Bees at home, which will hopefully be the last fixture without supporters.

The Robins are safe from relegation at the end of what has been a disappointing second half to the campaign in particular and the teams meet in contrasting form: City are without a win from their last nine games, and Brentford are unbeaten in 11 matches heading to BS3 off the back of three consecutive wins.

Striker Ivan Toney has equalled the most goals scored in a Championship season (30) and so goes in search of setting a new record.

As for the Robins, the objective remains on finishing as strongly as possible before the summer and bouncing back after the 4-1 defeat at Millwall last weekend.

Highlights: Millwall v Bristol City

Not for the first time, City’s youngsters were praised for their input with Tommy Conway scoring his first senior goal and Alex Scott catching the eye in South London.

But Nigel Pearson stressed afterwards that he will part ways with any player who does not want to be a part of the journey with another disappointing result and performances underlining the work that needs to be done.

Not that he is fazed about the task at hand having signed a three-year deal as manager last week, but already he is having to plan in advance. “I’ve committed my future here and I’m pleased to have done that but there is a lot of work to be done,” he says.

But the short-term focus is all about the final game of the season and improved performances, whether players are coming to the end of their contracts or not.

Brentford have been one of the stronger forces in the Championship this season so no doubt it will be a tough ask on any given day, as the Bees showed when they battled back to beat City 3-2 in February. Nahki Wells did pull the score back to just one goal when he struck in stoppage time but it was too late for the Robins in the West London league fixture.

And while City are looking to battle back after defeat a week ago, Thomas Frank’s side beat Watford 2-0 in their final home game of the season. They were the better team in the first half and ended up taking a quick lead after the interval before Toney’s record-equalling goal from the penalty spot. It puts them on 84 points with a game to go, three points better than last season when they reached the play-off final.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate
When: Saturday, May 8th, 12.30pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: James Linington
Assistants: Andrew Fox and Steven Meredith
Fourth official: Scott Tallis

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Brentford 0-3 Bristol City
Griffin Park
August 14th 2007
Carling Cup, first round

Phil Jevons struck twice as City knocked Brentford out of the Carling Cup at the first hurdle.

Scott Murray's cross set up Marvin Elliott's headed opener - the celebrations are pictured below - before Jevons pounced at the end of both halves with a brace to see the Robins advance to the next round.

The striker could have grabbed a hat-trick but he struck wide late on.

HEAD TO HEAD*

Bristol City v Brentford

Played: 83
City won: 28 (34%)
Drew: 19
City lost: 36

Bristol City goals: 52
Brentford goals: 91

Bristol City top goalscorer: Nahki Wells (11)
Brentford top goalscorers: Ivan Toney (30)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (7)
Brentford most assists: Bryan Mbeumo (7)

Bristol City clean sheets: 12
Brentford clean sheets: 20

League positions
Bristol City: 19th (51 points)
Brentford: 3rd (84 points)

*All competitions unless stated

Off the mark: Conway scored his first goal for the club at Millwall
Nathan Baker made his first appearance of the season

Robins TV

City versus Brentford will be streamed live on Robins TV. The Matchday Show, which costs just £10, starts at 12pm.

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