- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, May 8th 2021
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 1-3 Brentford
Saturday, May 8th 2021
Louis Britton came off the bench to mark his debut with a goal at Ashton Gate.
Ultimately, it came on a day where Brentford ran out 3-1 winners as City succumbed to defeat in their final game of the Sky Bet Championship season.
After a goalless first half, Ivan Toney netted a record-breaking 31st goal of the campaign before the Bees doubled their lead, showing off their passing and movement qualities before Bryan Mbeumo eventually finished off a memorable team move.
Sergi Canos netted a late third but there was still time for a glimmer of positivity as Under-23s striker Britton was well-placed to hit a consolation goal in front of the South Stand.
The result wraps up City’s disappointing campaign but full focus is now on preparing for improvements in the 2021/22 campaign.
Tomas Kalas was absent, so Dan Bentley picked up the captain’s armband. Alex Scott earned his full debut, while Britton came off the bench late on to make his first appearance in a Robins shirt.
The visitors bossed possession early on, but City kept the Bees at arm’s length as they were happy to sit back on home soil.
It took a while for the game to come to life in terms of chances though Alex Scott’s tame free kick straight at David Raya gave the youngster a first sight of goal on his full debut.
At the other end, Tariq Fosu-Henry couldn’t keep his free kick on target but they went close when Canos picked out the run of Marcus Forss who dragged his low shot wide of Bentley’s left-hand post.
Brentford and Forss went close again with a curling effort which sailed agonisingly wide of the top corner, before City survived a penalty appeal.
Tyreeq Bakinson lost possession to Canos who chipped a ball into Ivan Toney and he fell to ground under pressure from Nathan Baker and Nahki Wells but the referee James Linington wasn’t interested in the striker’s appeals.
City's moment of pressure
But the Robins ended the half positively and Wells was in the thick of the action, twice going close to giving them the lead. First, he saw a shot blocked by Pontus Jansson, before a Kasey Palmer flick put the ball into his path and on the swivel he forced Raya into a good fingertip save.
There was a moment of danger back at the other end though, as City just about held on before the break but Dasilva did his defensive duties by providing a perfectly timed sliding challenge on Fosu-Henry who was slipped in by Canos.
It had been a good end to the half but the visitors went closest to breaking the deadlock five minutes after half-time and the chance presented itself to the man in form Toney, who was chasing a record 31st goal of the season. Scott turned into trouble which allowed the ball to break for the Brentford striker and he powered a shot into the side netting.
City’s first change soon followed when Adrian Mariappa was substituted for Zak Vyner, who scored in the 3-2 defeat earlier in the season.
But Toney, who was also on the scoresheet in the reverse game, did so again in BS3 as the Bees led minutes before the hour-mark. City struggled to clear their lines and Forrs picked up the pieces on edge of the box where he tried a shot on goal himself. It was deflected off Vyner into the path of Toney, whose touch took ball past Bentley before he tapped the ball into an open net.
Nigel Pearson made a double change in response, as Wells and Palmer departed for Owura Edwards and Saikou Janneh, respectively, but still the Bees continued to pile on the pressure.
It took a strong right hand from Bentley to deny his former club from stretching their lead, as he flung himself to keep out an effort from defender Christian Noorgard. The keeper, named City’s Player of the Year ahead of kick-off, then proved his worth yet again as he watched the flight of a cross moments later, and blocked while under pressure from two Bees players looking to attack at the far post.
A second double change soon followed and it was another positive for City’s youth team as Under-23s striker Britton was handed his debut. Conway would depart, as did Danny Simpson who was replaced by Steven Sessegnon.
Brentford’s own substitute Saman Ghoddos went close however when he raced through on goal but he could only drag his low shot wide of the far post.
Britton's consolation goal after Bees sting
But Mbeumo made no mistake with 12 minutes remaining when he finished off a sublime team move from Thomas Frank’s men. It came off the back of another passage of possession where City were unable to get near the ball. The Bees displayed some neat one-touch play in the build up, with intricate passing as they forced the ball into the box with Canos, who slid in Mbeumo and he struck the ball high into the net.
It was 3-0 not long after when Canos turned from provider to scorer. Mbuemo sent the ball down the right and the low cross which followed made its way to Canos at the back post area who fired the ball past Bentley.
But if there was one moment to celebrate it was Britton who found himself in the right place at the right time. Scott’s free kick picked out a strong Baker header who guided the ball into the unmarked Britton’s path and he tucked the ball low past Raya.
- Britton (87')
- Danny Simpson, Adrian Mariappa, Kasey Palmer, Nahki Wells, Tommy Conway
- Toney (57') , Mbeumo (78') , Canós (83')
- Ethan Pinnock, Vitaly Janelt, Tariqe Fosu-Henry, Ivan Toney, Marcus Forss