Two goals in the last six minutes covered by Bryan Mbeumo’s last-breath penalty allowed Brentford to win 2-1 in a comeback over Watford in Friday Night Football.
Mbeumo left Claudio Ranieri petrified on the sidelines as his team crumbled late to throw away three points that would have lifted them six points above the crash zone.
Instead, wins at Norwich, Newcastle or Burnley this weekend may now leave them in the bottom three, with the Hornets boss left wondering if his side were “ready to fight” after the final whistle.
The Hornets took the lead in the first half by making the most of the absence of two of the Bees’ three first-choice full-backs, with Dennis left unmarked to nod home to Tom Cleverley’s corner just before the half hour, with the hosts out of sorts with a number of their key players unavailable.
Among those absent was top scorer Ivan Toney, and in his absence Mbeumo’s first-half curler was the only time they tested Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann until the 74th minute, when Vitaly Janelt cut the right and forced him into a full-length parade.
But when Thomas Frank urged his players forward, they finally found a way out with six minutes to go, when a half-out corner kick was returned to the box and Jansson, whose last goal had come. for Leeds in February 2019, he scored from close range.
And in the middle of injury time, William Ekong’s sliding challenge on Saman Ghoddos left the substitute on the ground and Michael Oliver who pointed to the spot, from where Mbeumo beat Bachmann from 12 yards to move Brentford ninth in the standings – and 10 points clear of the bottom three themselves, with a win labeled “a big win” by Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher.
Brentford: Fernandez (7), Goode (6), Jansson (7), Janelt (8), Roerslev (5), Norgaard (7), Baptiste (7), Jensen (6), Henry (6), Mbeumo (7), Wissa (5).
Subtitles: Forss (7), Ghoddos (7), Onyeka (6).
Watford: Bachmann (6), Femenia (6), Ekong (4), Cathcart (6), Ngakia (5), Kucka (6), Cleverley (6), Sissoko (6), Cucho (6), Dennis (7), King (6).
Subtitles: Pedro (5), Sema (6), Tufan (n / a).
Man of the match: Vitaly Janelt.
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Injuries have threatened to derail Brentford’s fabulous Premier League debut season, with an eight-game win on the way in Friday Night Football showdown with Watford and the joy of early-season results against Arsenal and Liverpool have turned into concerns for their safety in the top flight.
They had another absence to add to the list as Frank confirmed that Ethan Pinnock had become the latest player affected by Covid. The manager may have wondered if his powerful defender could have done a better job of marking Dennis than those who played from Cleverley’s corner, with the Nigerian left totally free to nod behind a defenseless Fernandez.
Perhaps Toney would have made a difference on the other side too, with Brentford enjoying over 60 per cent of possession in the first half without finding the right pass to open the Watford defense and test Bachmann, save for a well-scored shot. from Mbeumo who forced him into action from a distance.
Last weekend they had improved after a bad opening at 45 minutes in Leeds, but it was much the same after the Bees break, until they finally pulled out a save from the Austrian with 16 minutes to go when Janelt , pushed forward by his role as a makeshift center-back, turned inside Jeremy Ngakia and forced him to reject his driven effort.
In moments Josh King could have doubled up on a Cucho Hernandez-inspired counterattack, but shot Fernandez straight into the body.
The large number of bodies accumulated by the Bees promised possibilities as time went on and so it turned out to be a draw. Janelt’s corner kick was returned to the box by the German and Forss’s shot was boosted at home by Jansson, who had to go through a nervous offside check from the VAR before his goal was confirmed.
The momentum and crowd were both completely with Brentford by now and it seemed like only the full-time whistle would keep them from finding another way out, until Ekong’s moment of madness.
With Ghoddos going nowhere, the defender’s futile slip invited him to go ashore and Oliver had little hesitation in giving the hosts a chance to seal a last-ditch victory from the spot.
Mbeumo kept his cool to send Fernandez to the wrong side and pull his penalty shot in the far corner, taking Brentford to the top half and Watford facing the reality that they could end the weekend inside the relegation zone.
Neville: Brentford a great place to stay | Carra: great victory for the bees
Sky Sports expert Gary Neville praised the atmosphere at Brentford Community Stadium after another dramatic win for the newly promoted team.
“I absolutely love coming here,” he said. “It’s absolutely incredible. We thought we were going to win 1-0 over Watford, but there is always something special.
“This crowd wants to be involved. You see these fans singing at the end of the match. It’s their first season in the Premier League and they’ve brought real energy and spirit. It’s a fantastic place to be.”
Jamie Carragher, meanwhile, spoke about the significance of the win, which brought Brentford to ninth place and led them to 10 points from the relegation zone.
“It was a huge win. I think I said with 10 or 15 minutes to go how the other teams would feel, certainly in the bottom three.
“They would all have been desperate for a draw, but now there is a big gap between Brentford and the bottom three.
“When you’re down there, it’s hard to start a series of matches you’re winning in. You think how long it would take them to get up near Brentford now, so it looks like a big win for them.
“Thomas Frank knows it’s a big win without his best players. The best teams in the league fight without their players. Think Liverpool without Mo Salah – that’s what Ivan Toney is for this Brentford side, so it’s a great victory over one of your rival sin binds her. “
What the managers said …
Brentford coach Thomas Frank: “We work hard to try to achieve these moments. It was cruel against Leeds and that’s the opposite. The feelings inside all of us are crazy, even the way the game went. Fantastic mentality on the part of the players.
“I don’t think everything was fantastic today. I think we lacked decisive quality in the first half. We tried but it never came out. In the break we said we needed more rhythm, more energy, more presence.
“We knew that if we kept moving forward maybe something would come. After the draw, we were never satisfied with a draw, we tried to aim for victory, always, and it came out, which is fantastic.”
Watford coach Claudio Ranieri: “It’s incredible because we were winning 1-0 and we had a chance to score the second goal and finish the match, but obviously Brentford pushed hard. In the end we made three mistakes for the penalty. It’s incredible. We have to say that. Brentford deserved to win, congratulations to them.
“We can learn but I wanted points. We lost a lot of opportunities today and we know it was an important game but maybe the Brentford team was ready to do battle and some of my players were not. Some yes, some not. We have to understand the Premier League. it is struggle and quality. You have to be smart in every situation “.
Man of the match – Vitaly Janelt
Given the unenviable task of taking on Watford’s three mighty and swift three fronts, Emmanuel Dennis, Josh King and Cucho Hernandez Janelt put themselves well into his task and ended up influencing the game on the other side more.
He was one of the few players to ask Daniel Bachmann any real questions and delivered the cross leading to the Bees equalizer. Only Jeremy Ngakia has won more defensive aerial duels in the 90 minutes (7), and has made more passes (5) than any other Brentford player.
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- Brentford have scored eight points in their last five Premier League games (V2 P2 S1), having lost four in a row just before.
- Watford are now winless in their last 10 Premier League away games to London (1N L9), having won West Ham and Crystal Palace again in December 2018 and January 2019.
- Brentford are the first team in Premier League history to see their first 10 Premier League home goals all scored by different players (Canós, Nørgaard, Pinnock, Janelt, Wissa, Zanka, Henry, Toney, Jansson and Mbeumo).
- Watford have played 26 Premier League games without clean sheets and remain the only team in the first four English leagues this season to register an exclusion.
- Watford forward Emmanuel Dennis has directly scored 12 Premier League goals this season (7 goals, 5 assists), a tally improved only by Mohamed Salah (22).
- Emmanuel Dennis’ first goal for Watford was the 74th consecutive Premier League goal scored from inside the penalty area, the longest streak in Premier League history (Crystal Palace next 56, September 2016 – December 2017).
Brentford now host Manchester United in the Premier League at 7.30pm on Tuesday, while Watford are at Burnley at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Watch free highlights of both games shortly after full time on Sky Sports.com, the Sky Sports app and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.