Brentford 2-1 Middlesbrough, FA Cup Third Round: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 0 Griffin Park ( Attendance: NA )
Brentford beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium to reach the FA Cup Fourth Round for the third consecutive season.
The Bees started on the front foot and went close with Tariqe Fosu flashing an effort wide in the fourth minute.
The lively Fosu then stole the ball on the halfway line and drove at the Boro defence before feeding Halil Dervisoglu who could only find the side netting from eight yards out.
However, Dervisoglu redeemed himself by opening the scoring in the 35th minute – Saman Ghoddos’ outswinging corner somehow landing at his feet on the penalty spot with the forward steering a controlled volley past the stranded Jordan Archer.
The second-half saw Middlesbrough start brightly, equalising three minutes after the interval as substitute Sam Folarin tapped into an open net after Patrick Roberts’ deflected shot fell into his path.
Brentford regained the lead in the 64th minute though after a lovely one touch passing move ended with Dervisoglu finding Ghoddos who broke through the lines, cut inside the defender and curled his effort home.
Middlesbrough pushed for an equaliser late on but were unable to beat the excellent Luke Daniels in the Brentford goal.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Saman Ghoddos’ second half strike proved to be decisive with Brentford seeing the game out relatively comfortably afterwards.
Moan of the Match
Too often Marcus Forss cut a lonely figure upfront as Brentford were unable to fashion any chances for the clinical forward to feed on.
Another opportunity for Brentford’s fringe and youth players to impress and they did not disappoint – could Brentford match their League Cup exploits and reach another semi-final?
Man of the Match
Halil Dervisoglu – a goal and assist on his return to Brentford just gave him the edge over the lively and dangerous Tariqe Fosu.
Tweet of the Match
Tim Robinson (West Sussex) – the former PE teacher had a relatively quiet game.
Neil Warnock’s ceaseless berating of the poor linesmen provided much entertainment on a bitterly cold night.
Despite wholesale changes, a deserved Bees win with special mention to Brentford B graduates Fin Stevens and Lewis Gordon – the future is bright.
Daniels; Rasmussen, Pinnock, Bech Sorensen, Gordon (Haygarth, 71); Ghoddos, Stevens, Gilbert; Dervisoglu (Goode, 71), Forss, Fosu
Subs not used:
Shepperd, Canos, Pressley
Archer; Spence, Wood, Bola, Coulson; Wing, Hackney; Tavernier (Jones, 90+1), Roberts, Browne (Folarin, 45+6); Akpom (Burrell, 90)
Subs not used:
Brynn, Fletcher, Kokolo, Sykes