Brentford 2-0 Bournemouth: Premier League – as it happened

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Key events

Match report!

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Thomas Frank has a word with Sky Sports: “To get the win was very pleasing for me. I’ve been on to the players just to reinforce the message, that after a good run of games … then we are facing Bournemouth at home, a very, very tricky game … and these players have a top mentality. I just wanted to make sure we trained like beasts the whole week, with a high intensity, because we know in the Premier League, nothing is ever easy. But I’m pleased that we put the foundations in.

“I don’t think we played a top game. But I think in a season how many top games do we play, like perfect games, maybe four, five? And then, you know, 20, 25 are like in the middle and we just need to get over the line. I think it was probably was one of these in the middle. But I think it was a well deserved win. So very pleased.

“I think it’s important we have dreams and ambitions … I listened a little bit to the pre-game interview of Erik ten Hag speaking [before Manchester United’s derby win against City] and he said something clever about [Sir Alex] Ferguson that the season starts in April. If we think too far ahead, then we will have a problem … I hope the players and all of us celebrate this for 24 hours because I think it’s important to celebrate our wins. But after that we need to work very hard because we’re going to have a difficult game against Leeds.”

O’Neil, the Bournemouth manager, is not pulling any punches on the first goal. He tells Sky Sports: “The penalty decision was scandalous. It’s never, ever a penalty. It’s a foul on Marcos. I don’t know how we have VAR, where we are, how that still gets given. I think it’s a scandalous decision.

“Yeah, we get caught with a sucker punch and we don’t show enough quality to score. I’m going to sound the same again. We created some chances, we had some moments, but it didn’t go our way.”

How big was the impact of the decision? “Huge. Same ref last time, when we were in the playoff semi-final. Similar performance. I thought he (the referee) was really poor. I will have a chat with him afterwards. I just can’t believe it. If he doesn’t see it, I don’t know how VAR doesn’t see it. Toney’s pulling Marcos Senesi over. So never a penalty, but it seems to be that way at the moment.”

“The second goal, obviously, we’re pushing a little bit and there’s a defensive error in there when two of the lads go for the same ball. The first goal, it’s an awkward one … Marcos gets fouled. That’s the end of it, really …

“They are a real honest group who gave everything and were let down by a terrible decision. They gave everything. We’re short at the moment. Injuries, illness … we’re in a tricky spot at this moment … yeah, the first goal was huge.”

Does it feel like everything is going against them? “No … we’ll put this one to one side again … we understand how we need to improve. We’ll reset, and go again next week.”

He says he is not sure how long Dominic Solanke will be out injured, ditto Lewis Cook, who went off injured today.

Ivan Toney speaks to Sky Sports: “It feels good to be back. When the team’s playing well and you’re watching at home it’s kind of painful but enjoyable at the same time. I’m just delighted to be back in the team and back scoring goals again.

“In between training sometimes I get told off practising them [penalties] quick, but it seems to be paying off, so that’s good.”

“How much did you engineer the situation?” asks Kelly Cates of the penalty incident with Bournemouth’s Marcos Senesi. (Worth noting that is an excellent question, one many presenters would avoid asking in the name of friendliness/sycophancy.)

“I think it was a penalty, personally,” Toney responds, looking a little bit sheepish. “But I felt he didn’t really need to pull me down, because I feel like the ball wasn’t really going through on goal … I think he made a mistake. At the end I felt like it was a penalty, like I said.”

Reaction from south west London, and a match report, coming up.

Brentford’s social media team are suitably pleased.

That went pretty much exactly as expected. Bournemouth were swatted aside with consummate ease by Brentford. As we discussed, the penalty that Toney won and scored to make it 1-0 was probably not a penalty, but Frank’s side were far superior and deserved their win.

Bournemouth were not dreadful – in fact they had some decent spells – but it appears they badly need their injured players back, and also urgently need to present more of a goal threat. Easier said than done, sure, but they had the look of a side that could go on a decent run with a few players back and a smattering of luck.

Four wins out of five for Brentford, who move up to eighth, as stated.

Full-time! Brentford 2-0 Bournemouth

It’s over.

90 min: Keane Lewis-Potter comes on for Brentford, for Mbeumo, with this match long since wrapped up. We will have four added minutes.

89 min: “Unusual that the two keepers have been booked and no one else,” emails Richard Hirst.

Very unusual, I’d say. Good spot.

88 min: The Sky Sports co-commentator Alan “Smudger” Smith gives the player of the match gong to Josh Dasilva of Brentford, who is now tucked up nice and warm in a big blue overcoat on the bench.

85 min: Damsgaard, having just joined the fray, bends a shot just wide with options all over the place and the Bournemouth defenders nowhere to be seen.

82 min: Toney, scorer of the first goal, goes off for the young German player Kevin Schade, who is making his Brentford debut. Ajer and Dasilva also go off in a triple substitution, with Jørgensen and Damsgaard also coming on. Toney gets a warm hug from Frank, the gaffer.

80 min: Lovely scenes for Brentford, their fans, and the endlessly impressive manager Thomas Frank, of course. This victory – presuming Bournemouth can’t pull off the maddest comeback since Argentina 2-2 Netherlands – will lift them above crisis club Liverpool and into eighth place. They will be a point behind Brighton who beat Liverpool earlier.

Mathias Jensen is mobbed by teammates.
Mathias Jensen is mobbed by teammates. Photograph: Simon Dael/REX/Shutterstock

Goal! 75 min: Brentford 2-0 Bournemouth (Jensen)

It’s goodnight for Bournemouth now in this match, surely. The hosts counter quickly through Dasilva, who surges down the left wing on to a ball from the back. He looks up and picks out an excellent pass back for Jensen on the edge of the penalty area. The Dane takes one silky touch to bring the ball under control, and an even silkier one to guide a curling shot into the corner. A very well taken goal and the kind of threat that Bournemouth have so obviously lacked.

Mathias Jensen rifles home a second goal for the Bees.
Mathias Jensen rifles home a second goal for the Bees. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

71 min: The home goalie David Raya has been booked. To be honest I don’t know why, I was distracted by looking at the substitution: Wissa has gone off for Mads Roerslev for Brentford.

68 min: Siriki Dembele, who has just come off the bench for Bournemouth for Jaidon Anthony, darts down the left and cracks a powerful shot which Raya saves smartly. Brighter, better from the visitors! They needed an injection of pace and direction, for sure, and Dembele looks ready to provide it. Dembele soon has a hand, or foot, in another Bournemouth attack.

Siriki Dembele with a chance for the Cherries.
Siriki Dembele with a chance for the Cherries. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

66 min: Brentford on the front foot. Wissa hits a deflected cross first-time, looking for a spectacular half-volley in the top corner, but it flies over.

65 min: “Absolutely delighted to read of your disbelief that Ben Mee does not play for Burnley any more,” emails Steve Claridge (not that one). “I showed your post to my daughter who has been struggling badly to comprehend the Mee/Brentford situation. She has taken some comfort that others share her bewilderment.”

63 min: The Cherries win another corner but they fluff it again in bizarre fashion. It’s pumped long towards Stacey on the edge of the box. He’s in position to meet it but seems to think a teammate is behind him, and opts to leave it. Then he has to chase back and extinguish the chance of a Brentford counter. Odd.

Set pieces, as Graham Taylor once said, win and lose you games. You ignore them at your peril.

59 min: Brentford win another corner. They play it short and mess around with it for a while just outside the penalty area. Eventually and somewhat surprisingly, this approach pays off, and Nørgaard has a chance to try a side-footed curler from a tight angle after bursting into the box. The shot is straight at Neto who makes a low save.

57 min: Billing’s quality on the ball has looked a class apart for Bournemouth but they still cannot find a cutting edge. He is involved again as they knock the ball around nicely for a sustained spell in Brentford’s half, and eventually Stacey is released on the right, cutting into the penalty area and crossing low towards the near post. It’s a very poor ball though and Raya is able to dive on it and snuff out the danger.

53 min: Jensen and Anthony of Bournemouth have a little coming together out near the touchline. Anthony goes down in a heap. Jensen stands over him and tells him exactly what he thinks of him. The crowd wails. That did look like a dive/over-reaction by Anthony, although presumably not an attempt at time wasting, in view of the fact that Brentford are losing.

48 min: Bournemouth get the corner wrong. They need to capitalise on those moments if they are going to get something from this.

Frank had a chat with Sky Sports at half-time, by the way, and admitted that Brentford had struggled to impose themselves but that “it’s never easy in the Premier League”. He also said they had not showed the coolness he’d hoped for.

At the conclusion of quick interview, he advises the Sky Sports reporter to “take care”, which seems a bit unnecessary as all being well, they’ll be speaking to each other again in an hour or so. Nice, though, all the same.

47 min: Moore takes another bash in trying to get Bournemouth on the move. They win a free-kick near halfway, then a corner.

Second-half kick off!

We go again.

Just goes to show how people seeing the same incident can have markedly different perspectives,” emails Alex. “The replay showed me that Toney was completely in control, and used Senesi’s arm to pull him around like a rubber ducky. Senesi’s other arm did come around Toney after, when Toney dove, but I didn’t see any evidence of anything other than the lightest contact. Who’d want to be a ref, eh?”

Having watched more replays I think you’re spot on. Toney initiated the contact and was very clever. I first thought it was robust, Argentinian-style defending from Senesi but I think when the referee watches it back, he will conclude he got it wrong. (Like I did.)

Sky Sports have a word with Christian Nørgaard, the Brentford captain, for a quick interview as he walks for the tunnel (a first for their coverage, Kelly Cates tells us afterwards).

Will the manager Thomas Frank be happy, he is asked? “I’d like to think so,” he replies. “Let’s see when we get in there.”

Half-time reading:

45 min + 4: There is still time for another Brentford corner. It’s hit from the Bees’ right. Senesi and Pinnock end up having a bit of a wrestle near the corner flag on the other side of the pitch … and the referee soon blows up for half-time.

It looks like this match is going to go to form, unless Bournemouth can do something unexpected in the second half.

45 min + 2: Brentford lose it in midfield and Billing cracks a powerful low shot from just outside the area for Bournemouth. Raya gets right behind it, executing a good diving save.

45 min: There will be four minutes added on at the end of the first half.

43 min: The Cherries are struggling to break out now. Dasilva hits a shot from distance but skews it wide.

Sky Sports replay the penalty incident. There is a bit of pushing from both players, but Senesi can’t have many complaints. If anything it looks like he would have got away which an initial shove, which unbalanced Toney and may well have ended the danger while attracting no punishment. But he kept grappling, and that probably gave the referee no choice but to award the penalty.

41 min: Toney has another sight of goal, from open play, and belts a right-footed shot over from an angle. It flirts with the near top corner after Toney hits a bouncing ball, but narrowly misses the target.

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