- English Football League - Championship
- Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
- Griffin Park
James Crawley reports from Griffin Park
Report: Brentford 1-1 Bristol City
Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
A late goal from Andreas Weimann secured a hard-fought point against Brentford at Griffin Park.
The striker was well positioned to take his tally to four goals for the season, heading in from a Jack Hunt cross in front of the jubilant 1,600 travelling supporters.
Brentford had taken the lead earlier in the second half when Josh Dasilva picked out the top corner under the lights in West London.
But the 1-1 result sees City picked up yet another point on the road and they have now scored in all but one match in the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship to date.
Lee Johnson named an unchanged 18-man squad from the weekend’s trip to Preston, meaning Daniel Bentley would line up against the club he left for BS3 in the summer.
City's fast start
This team scored three goals at Deepdale and City were quickly on the front-foot again, Josh Brownhill trying his luck from distance with a 30-yard free kick. It deflected off the wall and into the hands of David Raya, with Kasey Palmer firing wide soon after.
The home side had to grow into this one and they looked like they were trying to exploit the Robins right side and when Dasilva’s low cross looked to cause trouble, Tommy Rowe was well positioned to clear.
Brentford kept up the pressure and from the left again Sergi Canòs did well at the byline, sweeping the ball across the penalty area, but when the ball broke for Julian Jeanvier, Bentley got down low to smother the shot.
Chances were at a premium as Brentford began to control possession but only a better touch from Ollie Watkins would have gifted the striker a clear-cut opportunity. Rico Henry played a low ball across the area which pinged off the forward and Bentley got down to pounce on the ball.
Then came a huge tackle from Nathan Baker when Canós danced his way forward, breaking into the box. There he was, surrounded by black shirts, but it took a Baker sliding tackle to rob him of the ball. The danger wasn’t over though as it broke to Saïd Benrahma, but his curled effort went wide of the far post.
Palmer goes closest
Palmer would have the best of City’s chances as the half neared its end, latching on to Weimann’s clipped pass but Raya produced a big hand when one-on-one to deny the former Chelsea midfielder.
Famara Diédhiou and Niclas Eliasson came on to bolster City’s forward firepower at the break, Antoine Semenyo and Taylor Moore sacrificed as a result.
It saw a change of shape for City but the Bees were beginning to buzz. Dasilva caused a moment of panic when Bentley couldn’t keep hold of his cross but the shotstopper reacted superbly to tip over Christian Nørgaard’s effort, all before Canós wasted their next best effort, firing over the crossbar.
Brentford break the deadlock
But Dasilva would make no mistake when he gifted Brentford the lead. Receiving the ball on the edge of the area, he curled an effort beyond the helpless Bentley, picking out the top corner of the goal.
Han-Noah Massengo made way for Callum O’Dowda in Johnson’s final substitution as the Robins looked for more creativity to try and break down the Bees defence.
Weimann heads home
And they did just that with 87 minutes on the clock. It was another perfect delivery from Jack Hunt down the right, who notched his third assist of the season as Weimann glanced his header into the far corner, beyond the reach of Raya.
Forward came the home side in their pursuit of a late winner but Bentley was on form to thwart his former employers, denying both Dalsgaard and Jeanvier before the full-time whistle.
City will return to Ashton Gate on Saturday for the visit of Reading (October 5th, 3pm KO) where a guaranteed crowd 20,000 will be in attendance.
- Josh Dasilva (64')
- Kamohelo Mokotjo, Josh Dasilva, Sergi Canós
- Weimann (87')
- Taylor Moore, Han-Noah Massengo, Antoine Semenyo