Brentford 0-2 Barnsley, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 1 Griffin Park ( Attendance: NA )
Brentford’s incredible unbeaten Championship run was brought to a sudden end as the Bees fell to a surprising 2-0 defeat to Barnsley at the Brentford Community Stadium.
The visitors began on the front foot and subsequently took the lead in the 13th minute – Callum Brittain crossing into the path of Conor Chaplin to stroke past David Raya
Brentford could have equalised immediately afterwards but were unable to capitalise as Josh Dasilva shot wide after a soaring counter-attack led by Rico Henry
And Barnsley doubled their lead at the beginning of the second-half in a well worked attack which ended with Carlton Morris lashing home a strike off the post and into Raya’s net.
Sergi Canos’ long range attempt was then spilled by Barnsley keeper Bradley Collins as Brentford looked for a way back with no team-mate quick enough to react.
In the end Barnsley comfortably held on with the defeat leaving Brentford second in the table, one point behind Norwich but four ahead of third-placed Swansea.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
If Brentford capitalised on Bradley Collins’ second-half spill it could have changed the game’s complexion but the Bees’ slow reaction summed up their overall performance.
Moan of the Match
Brentford’s consistently sloppy play in their defensive area made them victims of their own downfall.
It was Barnsley who ruined Brentford’s automatic promotion hopes on the final day of last season – will this loss be a similarly defining moment in this campaign?
Man of the Match
Rico Henry – the only player who retained his usual high standards of performance in a difficult game for the Bees.
Tweet of the Match
David Coote (Nottinghamshire) – some bizarre decisions throughout the game, angering both set of players and staff.
The sort of game where the noise of the fans would have provided inspiration for Brentford – it was a difficult game played out in front of empty seats.
Brentford’s incredible unbeaten run may have come to an end but with games coming thick and fast, Wednesday’s West London derby against QPR will provide the perfect opportunity for a quick response.
Raya; Dalsgaard (Roerslev, 74), Pinnock, Bech Sorensen, Henry; Dasilva (Jensen, 74), Janelt, Ghoddos (Forss, 74); Mbeumo (Fosu, 64), Toney, Canos
Subs not used:
Daniels, Goode, Reid, Zamburek
Collins, Sollbauer (Sibbick, 67), Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Palmer (Williams, 77), Mowatt, Styles; Dike (Woodrow, 56), Morris (Adeboyejo, 56), Chaplin (Frieser, 56)
Subs not used:
Walton, Moon, Kane, Oduor
Sollbauer, Dike, Woodrow, Mowatt