Brentford 1-1 Norwich City, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


Brentford 4-3-3



Norwich City 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 1 - 0 Griffin Park ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

Brentford were forced to settle for a draw as a late equaliser gave Norwich City a share of the points in an entertaining 1-1 draw.

Norwich started brighter as Emiliano Buendia dispossessed Rico Henry in his own half, with the ball eventually running to Mario Vrancic for his shot to whistle just past the post.

However, Ivan Toney opened the scoring for Brentford in the 27th minute as Saman Ghoddos found Bryan Mbeumo who drove to the touchline and swung a right-footed cross for Toney to dispatch comfortably from close range.

And Toney could have had a second five minutes from the interval, rising highest to direct a header back across goal and force a stunning save from Norwich keeper Tim Krul. 

Minutes later, Norwich nearly equalised with a header of their own as Grant Hanley’s effort nestled on top of the Brentford goal.

The second half started slower than the first but with the Bees nearly doubling their advantage – Toney knocking the ball down to Henrik Dalsgaard who headed straight at Krul from point blank range.

But in the final minutes Norwich equalised through substitute Kenny McLean’s deflected effort which wrong-footed David Raya and trickled over the line.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

David Raya’s first-half save to deny Emi Buendia when the Argentinean had the goal at his mercy kept Brentford in the game at a crucial time.

Moan of the Match

Brentford’s sloppy start and finish to the game may have cost them the win and is something they will need to rectify quickly if they are to mount a genuine promotion push.

Talking Point

Brentford’s new front three put a slick passing move together for their goal. Can they pick up where the BMW left off last season and propel them to another promotion push?

Man of the Match

Ivan Toney – great positioning and physicality throughout and his eighth goal of the campaign once again showed his clinical edge.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire) – a straightforward game to officiate but made the right decisions when called upon.


Thomas Frank and Daniel Farke went toe-to-toe on the touchline animatedly barking orders to their respective sides throughout.


Brentford will be disappointed to have conceded late on with last season’s defensive solidity worryingly appearing to have deserted them so far this term.

Line Ups

Brentford 4-3-3

Raya; Dalsgaard, Pinnock, Bech Sorensen, Henry; Marcondes, Jensen, Dasilva (Janelt, 70); Mbeumo, Toney (Forss, 83), Ghoddos (Canos, 59)

Subs not used:

Daniels, Thompson, Fosu, Goode



Norwich City 4-2-3-1

Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Lungi Sorensen; Skipp (McLean, 69), Rupp (Hugill, 69); Buendia, Vrancic, Cantwell (Placheta, 46); Pukki

Subs not used:

McGovern, Steipermann, Tettey



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