Brentford 2-1 Aston Villa, Premier League: report, ratings and verdict


Brentford 3-5-2



Aston Villa 4-3-3

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

Brentford got back to winning ways after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium. 

The Bees would be tested early on as Emiliano Buendia’s neat pass to find Danny Ings would see the latter’s powerful strike blocked by Mads Bech Sorensen.

The Villa duo then combined soon after to put their side ahead in the 16th minute – Buendia beating Christian Norgaard with a spin before sliding an inch perfect pass to Ings to slot home. 

However, Brentford would be level three minutes before half-time as Mads Roerslev ball into the box found Yoane Wissa who controlled first time before curling home from long-range.

The second period saw Aston Villa start stronger as Buendia’s strike from distance almost beat Brentford keeper Alvaro Fernandez at his far post. 

At the other end, Frank Onyeka’s surging run from Ivan Toney’s back heel ended with his low effort tipped onto the post by Emiliano Martinez.

But it was Brentford who would snatch a winner seven minutes from time as Roerslev was quickest to react to his own initial effort to claim his first Bees goal and a crucial three points for Thomas Frank’s side.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

Yoane Wissa’s equaliser just before half-time was crucial for a Brentford side who had failed to score a first-half goal from open play since November.

Moan of the Match

Emiliano Buendia caused Brentford headaches throughout and registered his fifth goal contribution in his last five meetings against the Bees.

Talking Point

Sergi Canos and Mathias Jensen coming off injured only adds to Brentford’s long list of casualties. Could Thomas Frank dip into the January transfer market to help alleviate the situation?

Man of the Match

Mads Roerslev – the right wing-back got himself a goal and assist and caused all sorts of issues for Aston Villa’s full-backs throughout.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) – dealt with the game well, only handing out four yellow cards despite the 28 fouls committed throughout.


The first game of 2022 saw the Brentford faithful back in raucous spirit to spur their side to victory.


An excellent second-half display by Thomas Frank’s side helps to claim a crucial three points and take another massive step towards Premier League survival.

Line Ups

Brentford 3-5-2

Fernandez; Pinnock, Jansson, Bech Sorensen; Roerslev, Onyeka (Janelt, 80), Norgaard, Jensen (Baptiste, 61), Canos (Ghoddos, 54) ; Toney, Wissa

Subs not used:

Cox, Thompson, Forss, Ajer, Bidstrup, Stevens


Onyeka, Toney

Aston Villa 4-3-3

Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Hause, Targett; McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey (Sanson, 69); Traore (Trezeguet, 80), Ings, Buendia

Subs not used:

Steer, El Ghazi, Philogene-Bidace, Chukwuemeka, Archer, Iroegbunam, Feeney


Ramsey, McGinn

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