Brentford 2-1 QPR, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 1 Griffin Park ( Attendance: NA )
Brentford claimed West London bragging rights over QPR in an entertaining 2-1 win at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Despite early QPR dominance, the Bees weathered the storm and found an early lead through Vitaly Janelt after 14 minutes – his low left-footed effort from 20 yards finding the bottom corner.
The Hoops weren’t behind for long though, a blistering run from Bright Osayi-Samuel ended with a cross which found the boot of Lyndon Dykes to make it 1-1.
Brentford’s Mads Bech Sorenson then escaped with just a caution for bringing down Dykes with Yoann Barbet’s effort from the resultant free-kick only finding the side netting.
Ten minutes into the second-half Brentford had the ball in the back of the net only for Ivan Toney to be harshly flagged for offside.
However, Toney did eventually get his goal in the 64th minute, heading Emiliano Marcondes’ free-kick home after some poor QPR marking.
It turned out to be the decisive strike with QPR, chasing an equaliser, having Todd Kane sent-off late on for a second bookable offence.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Ivan Toney’s 12th goal of the season gave Brentford the lead for the second time on the night and one they were determined not to relinquish.
Moan of the Match
A yellow that should’ve been red and a goal disallowed for offside that was not – both sides can feel aggrieved by the referee tonight.
The formation switch for Brentford at half-time changed the game in the Bees’ favour – is a 3-4-3 formation the one they should stick with?
Man of the Match
Ivan Toney – came alive in the second-half with a goal and some excellent hold-up play, as well as doing well in his defensive duties for the Bees.
Tweet of the Match
Matthew Donohue (Greater Manchester) – not the best game for the man in the middle, both QPR and Brentford will feel hard done by some of his calls.
It won’t be long until some Brentford supporters can finally enjoy their new stadium – they’ll only wish it could’ve happened a week earlier.
A fantastic game of football and West London derby, somewhat marred by a couple of controversial refereeing decisions that went against both sides.
Raya; Dalsgaard (Jansson, 46), Pinnock, Bech Sorensen, Henry; Dasilva (Jensen, 46), Janelt, Marcondes (Forss, 72); Mbuemo (Ghoddos, 87), Toney, Fosu (Canos, 71)
Subs not used:
Daniels, Thompson, Pressley, Stevens
Dieng; Kane, Dickie, Barbet, Hamalainen (Bonne, 85); Ball (Adomah, 80), Carroll; Osayi-Samuel, Chair, Willock (Thomas, 73); Dykes
Subs not used:
Kelly, Kakay, Masterson, Wallace, Bettache, Kelman
Hamalainen, Kane, Ball