Saturday , May 15 2021

Canos proves a point, and Sorensen shines in the bees battle: Brentford talking points

Brentford reserved their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup tonight (Monday) when they defeated the National League side Barnet 3-1 at Griffin Park.

Goals from Sergi Canos, Julian Jeanvier and Neal Maupay helped the bees win, as Thomas Frank's side put a last 16 tie against Swansea City later this month.

And here are the talking points from the fourth round replay.

ticket issue

The build of the replay was a bit soured by an angry backlash from the Child's President Anthony Kleanthous who felt that the Northern London Club should have been offered the maximum 15 percent award of away fans.

The bees received 1,660 tickets for the tie at Griffin Park, which has been the losers to fans at the stadium since 2014, but Kleanthous believed that his site had not received the maximum allowed under the FA Cup guidelines.

It is 15 percent of the capacity in Griffin Park that would have worked at 1,914, although this is a maximum and not a minimum.

There were probably lots of empty spaces in the New Road Stand, but it was health and safety reasons that allowed Brentford, with the support of the local authorities, to receive FA exemption and set the growth allocation at 13 percent.

Sergi Canos had a point to prove

The wing looked eager to have an impact after getting a chance from the start, and it only took him six minutes to open the score for the bees that converted a Said Benrahma corner from close range.

Sergi Canos celebrates with teammates after he scores his side's first goal in the FA Cup fourth round-replay match between Brentford and the Child. (Photo by Mike Hewitt / Getty Images)

Canos has been left out of start XI in the last three league matches and has commented on his frustration by being left in the dugout in recent weeks.

He has shown that he has the talent to match Benrahma and Ollie Watkins, but just can't quite force himself into the normal starting line at this time because of their fine shape.

Benrahma has been almost undeveloped with his performance too late, and Watkins has three goals in his last two plays.

But having Canos on the bench, as well as Chiedozie Ogbene, who saw threat after coming on Tuesday, gives the bees a useful depth in forward-looking areas.

Mads Bech Sorensen's performance

Midtbacken made its first appearance since the Carabao Cup victory against Southend in August, and he could be called on more regularly after the January departure of Chris Mepham.

He looked back home at home on the left side of the three and moved possession together comfortably in the first half, when the child had low pressure and then made some strong challenges in the second half.

Asked which of Brentford's young players impressed him most on Tuesday night, said Thomas Frank: "I think Mads impressed me the most.

"So happy with his performance – I think he grew more into the game. Had some good diagonals, was solid in the duels. So he had a good performance and I'm happy with that."


A strong tackle from Medy Elito was met by an angry reaction from Sergi Canos when the second half came to a dramatic start.

Elito went down theatrically after Canos squared up to him, and after some more exchanges, a full blown melee broke out with 19 players.

Finally, no red cards were issued, but only Canos, Elito and Dan Sweeney were warned.

Invited print at the end

Frank's attacking philosophy means that the bees will never push forward, the Danes say he will always score the next goal, but the Child had some success on the counter-attacks late on the case.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank. (Photo by Bryn Lennon / Getty Images)

As the wings remained high, there was plenty of room for Darren Currie's side to try and exploit, and they managed to get a goal back in the 74th minute through David Tutonda.

A number of wasteful passes from the hosts did not help and created some frustration among the fans as Brentford did a difficult job looking out of the game.

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