- English Football League - Championship
- Wednesday, February 3rd 2021
- Brentford Community Stadium
James Crawley reports from Brentford Community Stadium
Report: Brentford 3-2 Bristol City
Wednesday, February 3rd 2021
Bristol City struck early but lost out to a battling Brentford at a chilly West London.
Zak Vyner put the Robins ahead in a first half where they impressed under the Brentford Community Stadium lights.
But the Bees were level at half-time when Sergi Canos tapped home, before they turned the tie in the second half.
On the 50th minute mark Ivan Toney steered the ball past Dan Bentley, before Saman Ghoddos pounced after hitting the post as Thomas Frank’s side went 3-1 ahead.
Dean Holden’s side wouldn’t give up and closed the gap when substitute Nahki Wells scored in stoppage time, but it was too late as City stay ninth in the Sky Bet Championship table.
City raced into a third minute lead through Vyner’s second goal in City colours. Much of the pre-game talk had been about Owura Edwards’ start and he won a free kick on the left-hand side in an impressive start to the fixture. Jack Hunt floated the ball towards the far post where Vyner was on hand to steer the ball past David Raya.
A superb reaction stop from former Bees man Dan Bentley denied Ghoddos from equalising and from the resulting corner, Ethan Pinnock arrived unmarked but couldn’t guide his header on target.
City had been in good form in front of the Sky Sports cameras and Edwards looked comfortable at this level, highlighting his range of passing and trickery as he failed to shy away from the challenge.
Elsewhere Han-Noah Massengo showed good movement, particularly catching the eye as he shifted City forward on numerous occasions as well as proving a menace with his defensive duties too.
The hosts weren’t far away from equalising though when Canos drifted inside and after being allowed too much time and space he drove a right-footed shot on goal but it drifted wide.
The Spaniard wouldn’t have to wait too long for his next chance though, and with it the Bees were level. Alfie Mawson failed to clear and his miskick allowed Tariqe Fosu in at the byline. Bentley got a strong hand to the cross to divert the ball away from Toney but it fell kindly for Canos who tapped home.
It meant the sides would be level at the break but City were immediately on the attack for the second half. Semenyo did well down the right, turning his marker before picking out Vyner on the edge of the box. The goalscorer managed to shift the ball onto his right foot with a low shot that Raya had to parry away.
However, it took Brentford only five minutes to get their noses in front and the league’s in-form striker Toney, who the Robins had kept quiet to this point, delivered. Fosu picked up the ball on the right hand side and delivered for Toney, who got himself across Tomas Kalas to sweep home his 20th goal of the season.
It was a harsh outcome for City who had battled so hard, but the Bees were in front and creating more chances with Canos forcing Bentley into a comfortable save, before Ghoddos misfired.
He might not have sorted his feet out on that occasion but lashed home to grab Brentford’s third on the night a little over the hour-mark. Fosu was involved again as he ghosted past three City men, feeding Ghoddos whose initial shot hit the bar. Unfortunately for the Robins it rebounded for the Bees player and he made no mistake with his second chance.
A trio of changes followed all at once as Holden introduced Wells, Paterson and Kasey Palmer from the bench while Massengo, Edwards and Ádám Nagy departed, with more fresh legs in the creative areas for the remainder of the contest.
City battled on with Tyreeq Bakinson moving into midfield, Zak Vyner slotting into right-back while Hunt left the field with ten minutes to go. Bakinson had a sight of goal shortly after coning on but his low shot was wide enough to cause Raya no trouble.
At the other end, Toney’s attempted lob had too much lift while a Mathias Jensen free kick was well struck but held with ease by Bentley.
City would strike again as the game entered stoppage time with Wells on the scoresheet to make it a less comfortable end for the home side. Semenyo intercepted a pass deep inside the Bees’ half and he looked for Bakinson on the edge of the area. He was tackled but in doing so the ball was steered into the path of Wells, who kept his cool to put the ball into the back of the net.
However, that would be that with the loss stretching City’s losing streak away from home to six games. Their home form sees them unbeaten in their last four as they now prepare to return to Ashton Gate where they face Cardiff City on Saturday (February 6th, 3m KO), for a Severnside derby live on Robins TV.
- Canós (27') , Toney (50') , Ghoddos (65')
- Rico Henry, Saman Ghoddos, Tariqe Fosu-Henry, Ivan Toney
- Vyner (3') , Wells (90')
- Jack Hunt, Owura Edwards, Ádám Nagy, Han-Noah Massengo