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Disasi rescues a point for Chelsea against Brentford

By Layton Ryan-Parson 2 Mar 2024
Disasi celebrates

Wissa scored a stunning goal as Blues came from behind to earn 2-2 draw in end-to-end encounter

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Chelsea’s hopes of European football took another hit as they failed to beat Brentford for a fifth successive match as the two West London clubs battled to a 2-2 draw.

Thomas Frank’s team had led until the 83rd minute but Axel Disasi headed home his first goal since the opening weekend against Liverpool to earn a point.

Race for Europe

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
7 Man Utd MUN 32 -1 50
8 West Ham WHU 33 -6 48
9 Chelsea CHE 31 +9 47
10 Brighton BHA 32 +2 44
11 Wolves WOL 32 -5 43
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How the match unfolded

There was no Neal Maupay for Brentford as Yoanne Wissa took the Frenchman’s place in attack for the Bees. Keane Lewis-Potter and Ben Mee were also out as Mads Roerslev and Nathan Collins returned.

Mauricio Pochettino made one change, with Trevoh Chalobah replacing Raheem Sterling.  

Chelsea assumed early control of the match, holding 72 per cent possession in the first half but struggled to create clear-cut opportunities. 

Nicolas Jackson came close to opening the scoring after receiving a through-ball from Enzo Fernandez and rounding Mark Flekken, but his weak shot was cleared by Zanka.

However five minutes later the striker redeemed himself with a leaping headed goal between the two Brentford centre-backs from a well-placed Malo Gusto cross.

Thomas Frank’s side were much more combative in the second half and it soon paid off as Roerslev scored his first goal in over two years, smashing home a loose ball after Sergio Reguilion’s effort had been blocked.

Brentford went close soon after as Vitaly Janelt’s low driven effort from the edge of the box sliced through the legs of Chalobah to hit a post.

The home team continued to attack and were rewarded by Wissa’s spectacular goal. Frank Onyeka’s reflex flick-up in the area was converted by the Congolese’s bicycle kick.

Wissa goal

But with seven minutes remaining, Disasi earned Chelsea a point as he headed in a good curling cross by Cole Palmer who received the ball from a corner.

Disasi scores

The point takes Brentford above Everton into 15th on 26 points, six clear of the bottom three. Chelsea remain 11th with 36 points. 

Relegation battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
13 Bournemouth BOU 32 -10 42
14 Crystal Palace CRY 32 -17 33
15 Brentford BRE 33 -11 32
16 Everton EVE 32 -16 27
17 Nott'm Forest NFO 33 -16 26
18 Luton LUT 33 -24 25
Club reports

Brentford report | Chelsea report

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Key facts

Chelsea are unbeaten in five consecutive Premier League London derbies in a single season (W4 D1) for the first time since May 2021 (W5).

Chelsea conceded their third Premier League goal in the opening five minutes of the second half this season, they last shipped more such goals in a single campaign in 2003-04 (4).

Brentford have conceded 15 headed goals in the Premier League this season, at least three more than any other side in the competition.

Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season, ending a run of six league games without netting - only Cole Palmer (10) has scored more for the Blues in the competition this season.

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