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Fulham beaten by Brentford - Match Report Carabao Cup Rnd 04 20/21

last updated Thursday 01st October 2020, 11:01 PM

Match Report

Brentford (1) 3-0 (0) Fulham

Carabao Cup: 2020/2021 Round Four at Brentford Community Stadium

Thursday 1st October 2020     KO: 17:30

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

Said Benrahma scored twice as Brentford reached the Carabao Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history with a 3-0 win over struggling west London rivals Fulham.

Marcus Forss opened the scoring shortly before half-time (37), before a Benrahma double (62, 77) - the second after an impudent piece of skill - ensured Thomas Frank's side gained a modicum of revenge for their defeat to the Cottagers in the Championship play-off final.

Benrahma has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace during this window and while a deal has yet to materialise, the Algeria midfielder - who simply smiled after the game and said: "I'm at Brentford. I'm happy." - certainly gave any Premier League suitors a nudge before the transfer deadline on his first start of the season.

Match Stats Brentford Fulham
Goals (1) 3 0 (0)
Scorers Forss 37
Scorers Benrahma 62
Scorers Benrahma 77
Goal attempts 11 13
On target 7 2
Shooting Accuracy 64% 15%
Possession 39% 61%
Passes 317 544
Passes Success 78% 87%
Crosses 9 16
Crosses Success 11% 13%
Corners 2 4
Tackles 23 16
Tackles Success 48% 56%
Saves 2 4
Fouls 9 13
Offsides 2 2
Yellows 1 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Defeat means more misery for Fulham boss Scott Parker, whose side have lost all three matches upon their return to the top flight.

Parker made 10 changes to the Fulham side thumped by Aston Villa on Monday and they were inches away from taking a 10th-minute lead when Neeskens Kebano whipped a 25-yard free-kick round the Brentford wall and against the crossbar.

Bees goalkeeper David Raya almost then gifted Fulham an opener with a poor clearance but Anthony Knockaert could only find the side-netting.

Instead Brentford went ahead eight minutes before half-time with debutant Saman Ghoddos the architect.
The Iran midfielder took advantage when Jean Michael Seri lost possession, found space down the right and squared the ball for Finnish youngster Forss to slam home.

Fulham attempted to hit back before the interval but Aboubakar Kamara's curler was too high.

Parker sent on Ademola Lookman for his debut at the break and the former Everton winger injected some urgency into their attack.

Raya was forced into a fine save to keep out Kebano's looping effort before Lookman's cut-back was blazed over the crossbar by Seri.

But Benrahma doubled the lead when he arrived at the far post to convert Ethan Pinnock's header across goal and one of last season's star performers killed Fulham off with a stunning turn and shot for what could yet be his final goal in Brentford colours.

What the managers said
Brentford's Thomas Frank: "Am I confident he will stay? I'm confident that I would love him to stay, and I would love to have him. But I don't know. Honestly. If the price is right we are open to selling, but if not we will be happy for him to stay.

"Either we are going to get a top price or we are going to keep one of the best players in the Championship. Has he added a few million to his price? 100 per cent!"

"It's particularly satisfying that we wrote history tonight at the new stadium. Beating a local rival and creating history, we are very pleased."

Fulham's Scott Parker: "We all understand, we've strengthened in certain areas but it's quite clear the team in that area needs some help. But there's nothing at the moment.

"We are where we are. This is a team in transition, we came fourth in the Championship last year. There are issues that need to be resolved and hopefully we will do that."

What's next?
The Carabao Cup quarter-finals take place on December 22/23, with all four ties to be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Back in the Sky Bet Championship, Brentford host Preston at 2pm on Sunday while Fulham travel to face Wolves in the Premier League on the same day, live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League; coverage starts at 1pm with kick-off at 2pm.

Brentford: Raya, Fosu, Pinnock, Sorensen, Thompson, Da Silva (Norgaard 69), Jensen, Marcondes, Ghoddos (Canos 68), Forss, Benrahma (Stevens 79),

Unused substitutes: Toney, Jansson, Dervisoglu, Daniels

Forss 37 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Saman Ghoddos.)
Benrahma 62(right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ethan Pinnock with a headed pass following a set piece situation.)
Benrahma 77(right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Nørgaard.)

Booked: Fosu (47,F),

Fulham: Rodak, Aina (Odoi 69), Hector, Le Marchand, Robinson, Seri, Johansen, Knockaert (Mitrovic 69), Onomah (Lookman 46), Kebano, Kamara

Unused substitutes: Cairney, Bryan, Fabri Ramirez, Francois

Booked: Kamara (12,f), Johansen (49,f),

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

Attendance: 0

Source SkySports
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