Written by AllAboutBrentford
Brentford looked to make it two wins on the bounce against a good Brighton side, following their 3-0 win over Aston Villa.
The Bees sat at 13th in the table on Sunday, with Brighton at 2nd with a chance to surpass Newcastle at the top of the table.
Brentford were playing their second game after switching to a new 4-3-3 formation, which saw them beat Aston Villa by 3 goals to 0 on Sky last Tuesday. Manager Dean Smith only made one change to the lineup, with Josh Clarke replacing Maxime Colin at left back, and new signing Sergi Canos on the bench.
The Bees started the strongest, Lasse Vibe nearly went one on one with David Stockdale but was adjudged to have fouled the defender, a wrong decision in my opinion.
Neither side really had any real chances until the 20th minute, Josh Clarke crossing low for Jota who flicked it into the bottom corner on his second start since returning from Eibar on loan.
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It didn’t take long for Brentford to get going again, Jota curled a free kick just over via a deflection, after the Spaniard was viciously brought down by Steve Sidwell, a former Brentford loanee.
The resulting corner was headed home by captain Harlee Dean to make it 2-0 to the Bees.
Brighton had a great chance to make it 2-1 but somehow Murphy missed with a clean path to goal.
Brighton made a crucial change at half time bringing on Solly March who would have a big part to play later on. They also could have had a penalty not long into the second half, with shouts for handball against Tom Field. I can’t comment as it happened up the other end of the pitch.
Brentford were handed a massive chance to make it 3 in the 57th minute as Jota is bought down in the box, only Brentford’s third penalty of the season despite many stonewall shouts.
Lasse Vibe went for power down the middle and David Stockdale went the wrong way but still managed to save with the outstretched leg.
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Stockdale was called into action again a few minutes later, making a fantastic save off Nico Yennaris’ powerful drive before Sergi Canos was called into action, making his second Brentford debut, signing from Norwich after spending last season on loan from Liverpool.
The turning point would come on the 73rd minute, Solly March received the ball 25 yards out and put it in the top corner, before the referee awarded a free kick to Brighton just inside our half, I honestly don’t know why it was given, and Anthony Knockaert’s cross was headed in by Duffy on 75 minutes.
Ten minutes later, a head injury to Tom Field resulted in 7 minutes of injury time, and Austrian centre midfielder Konstantin Kerschbaumer, who to be honest never looked very good to me, replacing him.
This substitution would prove vital four minutes into injury time as Kersch picked up the ball 20 yards out and smashed it into the bottom corner, scoring his first goal for the club.
It looked to be all over until the 97th minute, where Knockaert was given too much space again and this time Tomer Hemed headed home, a gutting conclusion to a great game.
Full Time – Brentford 3-3 Brighton
In my opinion this game in parts showed why Brentford should’ve replaced Scott Hogan. Whereas we scored three goals, and play better football as a team without him, none of those goals were scored by a striker and the man up front missed two chances that would’ve put the game to bed, and chances that Hogan wouldn’t have missed. Well, not the second one anyway. I also thought the ref had an awful game. Whether it’s free kicks when there is no contact, booking Josh McEachran when Steve Sidwell fouled him and kicked out at him, or giving a free kick for nothing, this continues a long run of awful refs at Griffin Park.
Onwards and upwards from here, this new system proves to be working with Jota and Jozefzoon massively impressing on the wings. If we can string a few wins together who knows what could happen from here?
Brentford fans, is it upwards from here? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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