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Preview: Brentford (A)

Notts travel to Griffin Park for Emirates FA Cup third-round tie

6 January 2018

Notts County travel to Brentford in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup looking to make it to round four for the first time since 2012.

The Magpies have beaten Bristol Rovers and Oxford City on home turf to reach this stage and now face Championship opposition in the form of the Bees, who will provide a tough test for Kevin Nolan's team.

Brentford were comprehensively beaten by Championship leaders Wolves during the week, losing 3-0 at Molineux to bring an end to their three-game winning streak.

But the West London club, managed by former Walsall boss Dean Smith, are unbeaten at Griffin Park since mid-September - a run of nine games - so Notts have their work cut out if they are to progress.

Notts manager Kevin Nolan says...

"It's a fantastic tie for all of our lads to pit themselves against players from a couple of leagues above. The pressure is all on them to get into the next round because they are at home.

"Our lads can go there with an air of confidence because of what they have done so far this season. I'm looking forward to pitting my wits against a Championship manager for the first time in my career."

Click here for more from the manager.

Brentford boss Dean Smith says...

"Notts County will be a potential banana skin for us. They will be very tough.

"They have done fantastically this season. They have good, experienced players.

"We have to make sure there is no complacency and play to our strengths."

Team news

Midfielder Liam Noble is available for selection for Notts after a two-month wait since agreeing to rejoin the club in October.

For the Bees, Henrik Dalsgaard is unlikely to be fit as he continues his recovery from a heel injury.

Tom Field is ill but former Magpies midfielder Alan Judge could play against his former club after recovering from a broken leg.


A €1.3m signing from IFK Goteborg in 2015, Vibe has been a fine investment by the Bees.

The Danish striker has scored at a record better than a goal every three games in the red and white stripes, finding the net 36 times in 95 appearances.

After taking 12 games to open his account for this campaign, the 30-year-old now has six goals in his last six games.

We've met before

The head-to-head standings favour the home side, who have won 26 of the 73 previous meetings between the sides.

Notts are without a win at Griffin Park since February 2004, when goals from Ian Richardson, Paul Heffernan and Tony Scully gave the Magpies a 3-2 win.

However, Notts have drawn four of their past six outings in West London.

There has been one previous FA Cup tie between the teams, in 1964-65 when Brentford ran out 4-0 winners on their own turf.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up at 5/1 outsiders to beat the Bees, while the hosts are odds-on favourites at 4/9. The draw, which would see the tie go to a replay at Meadow Lane, is 10/3.

Notts are 18/1 to win 1-0 and 16/1 to come away from Griffin Park with a 2-1 success. A 3-0 victory is a whopping 80/1.

Captain Richard Duffy is 50/1 to open the scoring against the Londonders and Lewis Alessandra is available at 10/1 in the same market.

You can get odds of 17/2 for Notts to win the game with Jorge Grant scoring at any time.

Fancy the Magpies to win and keep a clean sheet? It's 9/1 for Nolan's men to win to-nil and the 15/2 for both teams to score with the Magpies progressing to the next round. 

You can bet on the game here.

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Brentford 0-1 Notts

Stead fires Notts into round four

6 January 2018

A superb Jon Stead strike sent Notts into round four of the Emirates FA Cup at the expense of Championship side Brentford.

The experienced frontman bent a delicious effort into the far corner in front of over 1,000 Notts fans to secure Notts' place in Monday's draw.

Kevin Nolan made one change to the side that beat Port Vale on New Year’s Day, Terry Hawkridge coming in for Jonathan Forte as the Magpies lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Liam Noble was named among the substitutes in his first eligible game since returning to the club earlier in the season.

Stead had the game’s first half-chance when the ball came to him in the area. He had to stretch to make contact with it and fired it high and wide with the toe of his boot.

Former Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran was inches away from meeting a teasing cross and Stead landed an effort on top of Brentford’s net as the sides traded early chances.

Home defender Chris Mepham nodded the ball straight at Ross Fitzsimons and later saw an effort blocked, while at the other end Ryan Yates nodded over from a corner.

It was proving to be a closely-contested affair but the Magpies capitalised on defensive dallying to burst into Bees territory on 25 minutes. Stead led the charge after good work from Hawkridge and for a moment looked set to bear down one-on-one with home keeper Luke Daniels. A Brentford midfelder did superbly to cover the danger however, dispossessing Stead at the crucial moment.

In typical fashion, Brentford’s response was immediate as Fitzsimons was called upon to make a strong save from a well-struck long-range effort.

Three minutes later the keeper was in crucial action again, this time tipping Neal Maypay’s effort wide.

Yates made a strong block to deny Kamohelo Mokotjo as the clock ticked down towards half-time.

And 0-0 was how it stayed going into the break.

There were no changes for either side at the interval and Notts began the second period strongly, Lewis Alessandra seeing the ball take an unfortunate bobble which caused him to balloon his effort over the bar – and the packed away end – from the edge of the area.

Richard Duffy's name was the first in the book after he halted a speedy Brentford counter-attack by blocking Maupay's run off the ball.

Notts' defence was called into more pressing work shortly afterwards when substitute Ollie Watkins' low effort beat Fitzsimons and trickled agonisingly towards the goal line. Shaun Brisley heroically cleared the ball off the line to keep the score locked at 0-0.

And the Magpies' relief became joy seconds later when they opened the scoring in spectacular style, Stead receiving the ball in the right-hand channel and bending it into the far corner with a beautiful left-footed effort.

Former Notts man Alan Judge was then sent on for his first appearance since he suffered a double-leg fracture in April 2016.

And his emergence appeared to give the hosts a lift as they forced Fitzsimons into a strong one-handed save before, moments later, the keeper had to knock a looping ball over his own crossbar.

Noble's long wait was over on 74 minutes when he replaced Hawkridge in a move which saw him slot in behind Stead and Alessandra move wide-right.

And he nearly had a Notts goal to celebrate when the ball broke kindly for Grant with only Daniels to beat. The keeper made a superb one-handed save to keep his side in the tie.

Nolan's second change saw Alan Smith replace Stead up front and Notts continued to show their threat, Noble picking out Grant and watching on as the loanee curled the ball wide.

Liam Walker came on for Grant during a nervy four minutes' added time but the Magpies held firm to secure a memorable win at Griffin Park.

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Tickets: Brentford (A)

500 terrace tickets available today

6 January 2018

Five-hundred terrace tickets will be available at cash turnstiles for Notts County's Emirates FA Cup third-round trip to Brentford.

Please note - seated tickets are completely sold out.

Away supporters will be located behind the goal in the Brook Road Stand.

Prices will be as follows:

Adult: £10

Seniors/under 25s: £10

Under 18s: £5

Disabled supporters

In line with Brentford’s policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those who receive the middle or higher rate of Living Allowance or equivalent.

Both ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the appropriate age-related rate for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Ambulant disabled supporters will be allocated tickets from the main allocation, with three pairs of wheelchair disabled tickets available.

Official away travel

Official away travel is SOLD OUT for this fixture. Coaches will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 10.30am.

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