Brentford 1-0 Fulham, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 0 Griffin Park ( Attendance: 12,305 (1,622) )
Brentford leapfrogged West London rivals Fulham in the Championship table with an impressive 1-0 Griffin Park win.
Although Fulham dominated the early exchanges with Neeskens Kebano’s rasping 25-yard effort hitting the post, it was Brentford who took a 22nd minute lead.
Great combination play saw Ollie Watkins find Said Benrahma who chipped the ball to the back post for Bryan Mbeumo to make it 1-0.
The Bees should then have doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark as Mbeumo combined well with an unmarked Watkins whose effort hit the post before Josh Dasilva fired the rebound wide.
And in the last minute of the first-half, Mathias Jensen’s corner saw Pontus Jansson’s header hit the underside of the bar before going to safety.
The second period saw Brentford continue to dominate with the Bees hitting the post for a third time through Jensen’s long-range effort.
It meant a nervy final ten minutes but in truth Brentford were the most likely to score on the counter with victory moving them up to fourth in the table and Fulham down to sixth.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Brentford’s impressive forward line of Said Benrahma, Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbeumo combined to give the latter his fourth goal in four games and a well-deserved win.
Moan of the Match
The game should have been out of sight for Brentford who had chance after chance to put the game to bed well before the final whistle.
Up to fourth in the table and playing scintillating football – should Brentford look for more than just a top-six finish?
Man of the Match
Said Benrahma – a constant menace throughout and ran Fulham right-back Cyrus Christie ragged.
Tweet of the Match
Oliver Langford (West Midlands) – occasionally a bit fussy but generally did well to keep up with a frenetic game.
There’s nothing better than a sold-out, tightly-packed Griffin Park on a West London derby day and it did not fail to deliver.
Brentford put in a stunning performance which their more illustrious West London neighbours failed to deal with throughout.
Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Mokotjo, Jensen, Dasilva (Norgaard, 75); Mbeumo (Roerslev, 86), Watkins, Benrahma
Subs not used:
Daniels, Thompson, Jeanvier, Bech Sorensen, Hammar
Rodak; Christie, Mawson, Ream, Bryan; Johansen (Kamara, 64), Onomah, Cairney; Cavaleiro (Decordova-Reid, 76), Mitrovic, Kabano (Knockaert, 69)
Subs not used:
Bettinelli, O’Riley, De La Torre, Sessegnon