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Season 2021-22
Brentford (a) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Saturday 26th February 2022, 3pm


Venue:
 Brentford Community Stadium

Conditions: Dazzling

Programme: £4.00
 

Brentford

 Newcastle

 

0 - 2

 

 

Teams

Goals

33 mins Ryan Fraser found space on the United left to ping over a precise cross for Joelinton to rise above Kristoffer Ajer and majestically power home a header at the West End of the ground.

The goalscorer ran the length of the field to share his celebration with the celebrating hordes at the opposite end of the ground.
1-0

44 mins A swift counter attack following a Brentford corner saw Fabian Schar outwit an opponent on the halfway line before advancing forward. He then delayed his through ball until Joe Willock sprinted forward infield, taking possession before stylishly and confidently hammering the ball home.

Exactly why the Swiss central defender was the furthest man forward is unclear, but his touch and pass were supreme.
2-0

Half time: Bees 0 Magpies 2

Full time: Bees 0 Magpies 2


An increasingly familiar post-match pose - note Trippier on
crutches and the Little & Large Fraser/Burn combo yet again

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"We are on a really good run: the spirit is high and confidence is returning to the players, but we have tough fixtures ahead and aren't taking anything for granted.

"I'm really, really pleased with our response to the red card, because, as we saw in our game against Norwich, it doesn’t guarantee you anything.

"We knew we’d have a lot of the ball, and it was about our quality and ability to break them down.

"I'm never satisfied in this moment because the season is still all to fight for. I don't think me being delirious is going to help in anyway.

"I stay very calm through the good and bad, but my big search is for improvement and it will be until I leave the club.

"I wanted a bit more control with the extra man, I wanted us to be more dominant, I wanted us to create more. With the ball I think we have to improve.

"It's going to be tight right till the end. We don't want to be involved, we want to elevate ourselves away from trouble as quickly as possible, but there's no guarantee on that.

"We're in a really good run of form, we want to maintain this for as long as possible, but we have some tough fixtures to come."

Ryan Fraser on working with Eddie Howe:

"It's been unbelievable, There was a lot of talk when I left Bournemouth but we've always kept a good relationship and the type of manager and person he is - he's come in and changed everything.

"Philosophy, togetherness, team spirit - every little thing you can think of, he came in and changed. From walking into the training ground and seeing things up on the wall that inspire you in the morning.

"Honestly I could keep you here for days to tell you what he's changed and it's been absolutely brilliant. The lads have taken to it and not looked back really.

"There is a belief we can win when we got out on that pitch. No one questions it, we all get our jobs and he's putting us out there to win the game. The lads are feeling unbelievable - I can't tell you how hard it is to go seven games unbeaten in the Premier League.

"Getting back-to-back wins is hard enough but to go seven unbeaten and winning four of them is unbelievable from where we'd been. You get the top six teams who will struggle to be seven unbeaten sometimes; it's brilliant and the lads are buzzing for it.

"I don't think the red card changed the game; before the red card we dominated and had chances. I think it makes it harder because they sit in even more but the lads stood up to it, getting the two goals before half time.

"The gaffer told us to try and win by three or four, but 2-0 a clean sheet in the Premier League and getting three points with the fans buzzing is all that matters!"

They Said

 

Thomas Frank said:

About the sending off:

"I think it was very easy. I just wanted to get a bit more knowledge about the red card. I understand why it can be given.

"I'm not saying it's completely wrong, but it's hard to accept that randomness in football. It's not like he's flying into the tackle, he steps in to try to get his body in front.

"We went to a 4-3-2 and tried to defend well. It's a bit of good play from Newcastle for the first goal, but we still need to defend better at the back stick. The disappointing thing is the second goal, I think we can avoid that.

"I must praise the players for mentality, effort and character. For me, it was a coincidental red card in a random situation."

Home and away fans joined together in a standing ovation when Eriksen made his Bees debut and a playing return that had scarcely seemed possible. The Dane had last faced Newcastle when playing for Spurs in August 2019.

The parallels with today were many and various: Eriksen appears as a second half sub, Joelinton scores the first goal, Newcastle win to nil on their PL debut in a new ground, the sun shines and Mike Dean is the match referee.


About Eriksen:

"I think for everyone in football it was a big moment. He got a big reception from the Newcastle fans and all our fans, and it was big for Christian and his family.

"It was nice to see and hopefully now he can talk with his feet and speak only about football.

"I've been privileged to see him in training over the last three weeks, and you saw some glimpses of brilliance here, the balls in behind, some of the passing.

"I'm convinced 100% he will help us going forward, He's a top, top player and he's going to add a lot of value to our team."

Eriksen himself said:

"If you take away the result, I'm one happy man. To go through what I've been through, being back is a wonderful feeling.

"Now I want to get the feeling and touch back, that football feeling, and then to help Brentford stay in the Premier League."
 

Stats


This is the 59th different venue that we've played at in the Premier League and the 49th that we've won a PL game at, including SJP. The missing ten venues (not teams before you say "St Mary's" or "White Hart Lane") are:

Barnsley (Oakwell), Blackpool (Bloomfield Road), Bradford City (Valley Parade), Brighton & Hove Albion (Amex Stadium), Manchester City (Etihad Stadium), Reading (Madejski Stadium), Southampton (The Dell), Swindon Town (County Ground), Tottenham Hotspur (Wembley Stadium), Watford (Vicarage Road). We never beat Wimbledon at Selhurst Park in PL but have won there against Crystal Palace so that's off the list.

Brentford become the 47th team that we've beaten in the PL from the 49 we've played. Blackpool and Brighton & Hove Albion are the missing two.

Today was our 126th PL away win from 510 outings (248 losses, 136 draws).

Joe Willock scored his tenth PL goal for Newcastle, all coming in the PL.

Joelinton hit his eighth PL goal as a Magpie, and has 12 in all competitions.

A second away win of the season plus the four draws extends United's points total on the road to 10 - one more than in the entire 2015/16 season.

After a run of 14 PL games without a clean sheet, we've now managed four in our last 11 outings - three of which came in the last five games.

Magpies @ Bees - all-time:

2021/22 won 2-0 Joelinton, Willock
2020/21
lost 0-1 (LC)
2016/17 won 2-1 Gayle, Murphy
1992/93 won 2-1 Kelly, G.Peacock
1947/48 lost 0-1
1938/39 won 2-0 (FA) Clifton, Mooney
1934/35 lost 0-3

(All games at Griffin Park until 2020/21 then BCS)

Following a draw at Brighton and defeat at Liverpool, there was a successful third competitive airing for the blue change strip.

 

Waffle

 
 

First half goals from Joelinton and Joe Willock gave United three priceless points at a sun-drenched Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday - raising them above the Bees to the dizzy heights of 14th.

Newcastle were aided by an 11th minute red card for Josh Dasilva; punished for a stamp on Matt Targett's ankle, confirmed by referee Mike Dean after he reviewed the footage at pitchside (although the whistler had initially awarded the Bees a free kick).

Clad in their blue change kit, Newcastle dominated the play and Chris Wood came close to a debut goal before Joelinton expertly dispatched Ryan Fraser's 33rd minute cross from the left - a tangible return after a run of games when he has been nothing short of magnificent since changing position.

One pub debate over big Joe being the best example of a Magpie changing position was met with our counter-offer of Steve Howey from going from a Second Division striker to an England defender, but it's a close-run thing.

(Given our disdain for Fraser for much of his time on Tyneside, it's arguable whether his transformation from shirker to worker this season isn't actually a greater reinvention than that of the £40m man...)

After Jonjo Shelvey had sent a first time effort whistling narrowly over the crossbar, United doubled their lead just before the break when Fabian Schar set up Willock to grab his second goal in as many games.

Despite being unable to score a third goal after the break while attacking a jubilant away section, the Magpies saw out the remainder of the game without any serious threats to their own goal,

Having switched from their perennial 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 to try and contain their in-form visitors, a Brentford side with just a single point from seven games were forced into a 4-3-2 by the dismissal.

And that proved to be a perfect scenario for United; Targett and Fraser repeatedly finding space down the left and the full twice getting into the Brentford box to test the goalkeeper.

Another two headed efforts from Wood - one wide and one saved - extended his goal-less start to life at United, but playing with a conventional set-up means that he's unbeaten in the PL since changing clubs. And like the fee for Dan Burn one could argue that in the bigger scheme of things that already represents money well spent in the quest to avoid relegation.

We're only too well aware this season of the dangers of being so on top but failing to score the goals that dominance suggested, so there was great delight in establishing a two goal advantage before the break - Willock's flawless finish bizarrely reminiscent of a Laurent Robert goal at Boro many years ago to these beer-stained eyes.

And although Brentford improved once Eriksen and fit-again Ivan Toney appeared, it was too little, too late: Martin Dubravka's major involvement a routine stop in the closing seconds.

Victory extended our unbeaten Premier League run to seven games -
the best run of form in the top flight since back in 2011 under Alan Pardew.

It remains to be seen whether a fantastic February that brought three victories and a draw for his side lands Howe with what would be his first PL Manager of the Month accolade since October 2018.

What is more than evident though is that he's earned the gratitude of the Geordie Nation; restoring a connection with their team and making the matchday experience pleasurable again.

Biffa

 

This report is dedicated to the Denholm family, who have endured the loss of two generations of Newcastle supporters this season; Tom passing away last October and his son David last week. David (left) and Tom (right) are pictured above in happier times with Andrew Horwood.

Here's a re-phrased version of David's 2021 eulogy to his father:

“Maybe one day we will actually win a cup. In the unlikely event that ever happens they’ll definitely be smiling, they’ll definitely be cheering and they’ll definitely be buying us a drink and they both will always be in the seat next to us.”
 

 

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