Brentford 1-2 Norwich City, Premier League: report, ratings and verdict


Brentford 3-5-2



Norwich City 4-5-1

Half Time: 0 - 2 Griffin Park ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

Brentford fell to a fourth straight Premier League defeat with a disappointing 2-1 loss against strugglers Norwich City. 

In a frantic opening, Ivan Toney flicked an effort agonisingly wide before Norwich took a sixth minute lead as Mathias Normann glided through Brentford’s midfield and slot home from range.

The Bees should have equalised minutes later through Christian Norgaard but Norwich keeper Tim Krul’s point range save denied the midfielder. 

And the opening 45 minutes would go from bad to worse for Brentford as substitute Charlie Goode brought down Teemu Pukki in the penalty area with the Finn dispatching the resultant penalty to double Norwich’s lead. 

Bryan Mbeumo then had the ball in the back of the net just after the interval only for VAR to rule it out for offside.

However, Rico Henry did halve the deficit on the hour mark as Saman Ghoddos’ pinpoint cross found the wing-back at the far post to acrobatically guide the ball home.

But despite Brentford testing Krul a few more times, they would fail to get an elusive second to lose at home for a third consecutive time. 

Key Points

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

Key Moment

Teemu Pukki’s spot-kick to double Norwich’s lead meant Brentford had their work cut out for the rest of the game.

Moan of the Match

Bryan Mbeumo’s ruled out strike immediately after the break could have been the real spark needed for a potential Brentford comeback.

Talking Point

Zanka’s injury after just 12 minutes added to Thomas Frank’s ever-increasing casualty list. How bad of a loss could he be in view of the poor run of form the Bees are currently on? 

Man of the Match

Rico Henry – tested the Norwich defence time and time again, and deservedly got on the scoresheet.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Jarred Gillett (Australia)  – in what was a quite hostile game used his cards well and dealt with the game accordingly. 


Brentford’s faithful would be drowned out by the travelling Norwich fans after the opener, before bouncing back to be in full voice as they nervously watched their side try to rescue a point.


It’s now four Premier League losses on the bounce for Thomas Frank’s side with the Bees having a huge task on their hands to bounce back with a tough run of fixtures after the international break.

Line Ups

Brentford 3-5-2

Fernandez; Zanka (Goode, 12), Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt (Ghoddos, 46), Henry (Forss, 69); Mbeumo, Toney

Subs not used:

Cox, Thompson, Onyeka, Bidstrup, Roerslev, Stevens


Toney, Goode

Norwich City 4-5-1

Krul; Aarons, Omobadamidele, Gibson, Williams; Dowell (Giannoulis, 74), Normann, Lees-Melou, McLean, Rashica (Idah, 90+5); Pukki (Sargent, 78)

Subs not used:

Gunn, Rupp, Gilmour, Placheta, Tzolis, Sorensen


Normann, Omobamidele, Aarons

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