Brentford 1-0 Everton, Premier League: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 0 Griffin Park ( Attendance: NA )
Brentford claimed a first win in six Premier League games with a nervy 1-0 victory over Everton at the Brentford Community Stadium.
After an even opening period, the game sparked into life in the 24th minute when Brentford were awarded a penalty via VAR as Andros Townsend’s high boot caught Frank Onyeka in the box with Ivan Toney converting from the spot.
Everton then almost had an instant response as Salomon Rondon hit a fierce shot which Alvaro Fernandez managed to keep out with an outstretched leg.
And minutes before half-time, Everton’s appeals for a penalty for Charlie Goode’s shirt pull on Rondon were waved away by referee Darren England.
The second-half saw Everton continue to push for an equaliser with Rondon’s effort from 12 yards blocked by Vitaly Janelt before Fernandez denied Alex Iwobi.
Tempers on both sides began to fray as the game became increasingly nervy but in the end Brentford’s goal was rarely troubled as the Bees hung on for a valuable three points.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Ivan Toney’s coolly converted penalty proved the difference in a game of few chances for either side.
Moan of the Match
Brentford’s inability to keep hold of the ball meant too often they invited Everton pressure – thankfully the visitors were not able to capitalise but better opposition won’t be so forgiving.
Despite Ivan Toney’s first home goal of the season, the forward still hasn’t scored from open play since February. How can Brentford get him back to firing on all cylinders?
Man of the Match
Ivan Toney – ran his socks off for the Bees at both ends of the field and scored the all important winner from the penalty spot.
Tweet of the Match
Darren England (South Yorkshire) – should have reacted quicker to halt the game for Frank Onyeka’s head injury which led to Brentford’s penalty but otherwise made all the right calls.
Both sets of fans were in fine voice with the home faithful once again being the 12th man that Brentford needed to see Thomas Frank’s side over the line.
It was a nervy Brentford performance but a massive win nonetheless against an extremely below-par Everton side. Thomas Frank will be buoyed by his side’s ability to grind out a result in their fight for Premier League survival.
Fernandez; Goode, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos (Wissa, 87), Onyeka, Norgaard (Baptiste, 70), Janelt, Henry (Roerslev, 77); Toney, Mbuemo
Subs not used:
Cox, Thompson, Jensen, Forss, Ghoddos, Bech Sorensen
Onyeka, Canos, Jansson, Mbuemo
Pickford; Coleman, Godfrey, Keane, Digne; Townsend (Gray, 70), Doucoure, Allan, Gordon; Iwobi; Rondon
Subs not used:
Begovic, Kenny, Delph, Tosun, Gbamin, Branthwaite, Simms, Dobbin
Townsend, Rondon, Godfrey