Brentford 3-0 Fulham, Carabao Cup Fourth Round: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 0 Griffin Park ( Attendance: NA )
Brentford booked their place in the Carabao Cup Quarter-Finals with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Premier League side Fulham.
In an opening half of few chances, Neeskens Kebano’s free-kick for Fulham could only find the outside of the post while at the other end Josh Dasilva fired wide from 15 yards out.
However, Brentford found a breakthrough eight minutes from the interval as an excellent low cross from debutant Saman Ghoddos fell to Marcus Forss, who made no mistake with a powerful finish.
Fulham started the second-half on the front foot with Kebano’s effort denied by an excellent save from David Raya in the Brentford goal.
But a 15 minute Said Benrhama brace soon put the game to bed – the Algerian poking home from an Ethan Pinnock knockdown just past the hour before bending a wondrous second past Marek Rodak’s outstretched hand.
It is the first time Brentford have reached the last eight of the competition with the victory even sweeter by coming against a Fulham side who beat them in last season’s Championship Play-Off final.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Said Benrahma’s first goal of the new season made things much more comfortable for the Bees after a period of extended Fulham pressure.
Moan of the Match
Fulham’s defensive frailties are so far proving costly this season, with the Cottagers at fault for two of Brentford’s goals.
Said Benrahma’s first start of the season will have delighted Bees fans – will the star man stay at Brentford or will a transfer bid be accepted before the window closes?
Man of the Match
Said Benrahma – Scored a beautiful brace, including a stunning second goal which involved a cheeky bit of skill against Fulham’s Michael Hector.
Tweet of the Match
Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire) – no issues, an overall fine performance from the man in the middle.
One can only imagine the noise that would have erupted in this new stadium after Said Benrahma’s audacious second goal.
Brentford dominated and deservedly claimed an excellent win, sending them into the Quarter-Finals of the Carabao Cup and a potential glamour tie.
Raya; Fosu, Pinnock, Sorensen, Thompson; Dasilva (Norgaard, 69), Jensen, Marcondes; Ghoddos (Canos, 68), Forss, Benrahma (Stevens, 79)
Subs not used:
Toney, Jansson, Dervisoglu, Daniels
Rodak; Aina (Odoi, 69), Hector, Le Marchand, Robinson; Seri, Johansen; Knockaert (Mitrovic, 69), Onomah (Lookman, 46), Kebano; Kamara
Subs not used:
Cairney, Bryan, Fabri, Francois