Matchweek 21
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Sat 20 Jan 2024
Kick Off:
Gtech Community Stadium, Brentford
Att: 17,077
Ref: Darren England




Ivan Toney stole the headlines on his return as Brentford edged past Nottingham Forest in a five-goal thriller at the G-Tech Community Stadium to end their run of five successive defeats.

The Brentford striker scored the opening goal after his eight-month suspension as the Bees fought back to win 3-2 thanks to Neal Maupay’s brilliant goal.

How the match unfolded

Brentford manager Thomas Frank made four changes on top of Toney’s return, with Ben Mee, Mikkel Damsgaard and Maupay starting.

Forest manager Nuno Espirito Santo gave Andrew Omobamidele his first Premier League start, with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Orel Mangala and Nuno Tavares coming in.

Forest quickly found an opener seemingly out of nowhere, Danilo controlling a headed clearance from Mee with his thigh before lashing home a volley that dipped beyond Mark Flekken inside the opening three minutes.

Brentford took some time to recover but pulled level a quarter of an hour later. From a free-kick on the edge of the area Toney had no problems curling a low effort round the wall into the bottom corner for his first goal in 266 days, also scored via a free-kick at home to Forest on 29 April last year. 

His ability to beat the wall was probably helped by Toney sneakily moving the ball a couple of feet from its original location to create the angle. 

Brentford nearly made it two on half an hour when Keane Lewis-Potter crashed a shot against the underside of the bar that then hit Matt Turner in the Forest goal, who stopped it from going over the line before it was eventually cleared.

The hosts started the second half brightly, with Lewis-Potter the man with a couple of chances, both of which he spurned.

The pressure from Brentford eventually paid off in the 58th minute when Mee, on his 50th appearance for the club, met a Mathias Jensen corner to power a header beyond Turner at the near post.

Brentford’s lead did not last for long however, Chris Wood glancing an inswinging Hudson-Odoi cross into the far corner.

The visitors almost instantly found a third, Wood laying off a good ball to Mangala whose first-time shot was wide.

That miss proved costly as less than a minute later, Brentford retook the lead in brilliant fashion. 

Mads Roerslev whipped in a low cross that Maupay controlled well before turning his marker and powering in a low shot.

A first Brentford win in the Premier League since 2 December takes them up to 14th on 22 points, two more than Nott’m Forest who fall to 16th, only four points from the relegation zone.

Club reports

Brentford report | Nott'm Forest report

Match officials

Referee: Darren England. Assistants: Stuart Burt, Dan Cook. Fourth official: Thomas Bramall. VAR: Michael Salisbury. Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton.

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Match officials

Referee: Darren England

Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall

VAR: Michael Salisbury

Assistant VAR: Nicholas Hopton

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