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Match Report: Fulham edged out at Brentford ~ Prem MD 26 ~ 22/23

last updated Tuesday 07th March 2023, 8:45 AM

Match Report

Brentford (1) 3-2 (1) Fulham

Premier League Match Day 26 22-23 Gtech Community Stadium

Monday 6th March 2023    KO: 20:00

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Live on Sky Sports

Winger Manor Solomon
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Ivan Toney's penalty helped Brentford beat west London rivals Fulham 3-2 at the Gtech Community Stadium to move to within one point of their seventh-placed neighbours in the Premier League table.

In a thrilling first half, Ethan Pinnock's deflected shot (6) was Brentford's fastest-ever goal in the Premier League, although they could have already hit the net several times by then after a rapid start to the derby.

Bryan Mbeumo, culpable for a glaring miss in the opening moments, had grazed a post with a free-kick, and Toney clipped the bar with his own set-piece strike later in the half.

But fortune favoured Fulham when Andreas Pereira's free-kick came back off the post for Manor Solomon to mark his first Premier League start with his fifth goal in five games across all competitions.

The visitors had luck on their side again on the stroke of half-time when Sasa Lukic - back on the field after Toney caught him in the face with his boot - tripped Yoane Wissa but was not shown a second yellow card.

Fulham Striker Carlos Vinicius
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Issa Diop did not escape punishment when he caught Christian Norgaard's boot in the box after the restart, though, and Toney - perfect from the spot - rolled home his 15th Premier League goal of the season (53).

He almost grabbed another when he tried to lob Bernd Leno from the centre circle but it was Mathias Jensen who sealed victory and ensured Brentford's impressive unbeaten run would stretch to 12 games in the Premier League, tucking in after a brilliant run from sub Kevin Schade (85). Carlos Vinicius converted a rebound from Pereira's shot deep into stoppage time (90+9) but it was too little too late for Fulham.

It was the first time Fulham had conceded more than once in a league game since November and, with confidence flowing through this Brentford side now, Marco Silva's side have the in-form Bees buzzing right behind them in the race for a surprise European spot.

After 16 days without a game, Brentford were ravenous for the first whistle and could have struck three times before Pinnock found the net. Toney tested Leno and then Mbeumo missed a sitter from close range before seeing his low shot from a tight angle well saved.

Fulham were in a whirlwind and with just five minutes and 37 seconds on the clock they were behind. Aaron Hickey's sliced shot came to Pinnock and his dig was deflected by Tim Ream, giving Leno no chance. A red flare was thrown onto the pitch at the other end as the home fans celebrated.

Match Stats Brentford Fulham
Goals (1) 3 2 (1)
Scorers Pinnock 6 Solomon 39
Scorers Toney pen 53 Vinicius 99
Scorers Jensen 85 -
Goal attempts 14 9
On target 6 5
Shooting Accuracy 43% 56%
Possession 36% 64%
Passes 267 477
Passes Success 67% 83%
Crosses 21 31
Crosses Success 14% 13%
Corners 2 3
Tackles 22 12
Tackles Success 68% 58%
Saves 3 3
Fouls 12 17
Offsides 3 1
Yellows 0 3
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
They were almost cheering another soon after when Mbeumo grazed the post from a free-kick.

Fulham finally got their foot on the ball after that but struggled to find a way through, despite all their possession. Instead it was Brentford who were posing the threat whenever they attacked, with Toney clipping the bar from another free-kick.

But as the end of the half approached, Pereira got in on the act and fired his own free-kick against the woodwork and on this occasion the ball came back kindly for Solomon to nod home and maintain his remarkable scoring streak.

There was controversy just before the interval when Lukic escaped a second yellow card when he tripped Wissa as the Brentford forward broke away. The Serbian was sporting a nasty cut to his face by then after receiving a boot to the head from Toney but may still count himself fortunate.

After the break, Fulham looked to pick up where they left off, with Pereira miscuing a tough volley wide from close range but when Diop was punished for Norgaard beating him to a loose ball in the area Toney converted his 22nd Brentford penalty to swing the game back the home side's way.

With confidence flowing through the home side, Toney almost caught Leno out from near the halfway line but it was sub Schade who provided the third - and ultimately crucial - intervention, darting around Robinson to pull the back for Jensen.

Brentford supporters were briefly silenced when Vinicius pounced on a parried Pereira strike deep into stoppage time but the final whistle came seconds later to confirm a memorable derby victory which could be a huge moment in their season.

Fulham boss Marco Silva: "A disappointing night for us. It was more our fault, the way we cannot play a derby away from home and we cannot start the way we started the game.

"We know how they're aggressive, can punish you with runs in behind and in the first 10 minutes we conceded a goal but we gave two or three situations for them to score. We were sloppy at the start of the first half and the second half. We showed the character with the reaction.

"I think that penalty was a really harsh decision from the official. If it's a VAR decision I can understand. But it's difficult to see the soft touch from the player, a really harsh decision from the referee. But it was our fault not the referee's fault."

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Fulham conceded as many goals today (3) as they had in their previous six Premier League away games.

Brentford have scored more set piece goals than any other side in the Premier League this season (17), with the Bees also netting the most penalties in the competition this term (6).

Ethan Pinnock's opener (5:37) was Brentford's earliest ever Premier League goal (previously Ivan Toney's strike against Aston Villa in August 2021 after 6:23).

Fulham's Manor Solomon became the first ever Israeli player to score in four consecutive Premier League appearances, while only Lionel Messi (5 in a row) is currently enjoying a longer scoring streak than Solomon (4) across the big five European leagues.

Excluding shootouts, Brentford have scored each of their last 32 penalties in all competitions, since Ollie Watkins' failed spot kick against Millwall in the Championship back in October 2019.

Up next for Fulham is a Premier League home match against Arsenal next Sunday at 2pm, live on Sky Sports. They then travel to Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals the following weekend.

Brentford: Raya, Hickey (Roerslev 91), Pinnock, Henry, Mee, Norgaard, Jensen, Damsgaard (Janelt 76), Mbeumo (Dasilva 91), Toney, Wissa (Schade 77)

Unused substitutes: Janelt, Cox, Ajer, Onyeka, Baptiste

Pinnock, 6 (There's a bit of fortune about the goal as the ball lands at the feet of Pinnock just inside the penalty area. He gets a shot away and the ball takes a huge deflection off Ream before nestling into the back of the net. Leno had no chance. FPL Assist: Hickey)
Toney pen, 53(Absolutely no mistake from Toney who converts from the spot to score his 15th league goal of the season.)
Jensen 85 (right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Schade.)

Fulham: Leno, Tete (Soares 83), Robinson, Diop, Ream, Reed, Pereira, Lukic (De Cordova-Reid 75), Willian (Vinicius 83), Solomon (Wilson 75), Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Adarabioyo, Rodak, James, Wickens, Harris

Solomon, 39 (Pereira's effort is another stunner. Raya's beaten but the ball thuds back off the crossbar. Solomon reacts quickest and he has a free header into an empty net to bring the visitors level. That's five goals in his last five games for Fulham. FPL Assist: Pereira)
Vinicius, 90+9 (Raya can only push Pereira's long-range effort back into the danger area and Vinicius reacts the quickest to tap the ball home.)

Booked: Willian (sim,25), Lukic (f,35), Mitrovic (xx,61)

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Attendance: 17,025

Source SkySports
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