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Brentford 3 – 2 Fulham


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.

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.

How Brentford won the west London derby

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.

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Ethan Pinnock gives the hosts a dream start against Fulham in the London derby

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.

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Manor Solomon finds the net for the visitors to bring things level at 1-1

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.

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Ivan Toney remains clinical from the penalty spot, as Brentford regain the lead against Fulham

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.

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Mathias Jensen all but secures the three points for the home side

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.

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Carlos Vinicius grabs a late consolation goal for Fulham, with Brentford still ahead 3-2.

Opta stats – Bees buzzing

  • 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.
  • Excluding shootouts, Ivan Toney has converted all 22 of his penalty attempts for Brentford in all competitions, while only Yaya Touré (11/11) has a better 100% record from the spot in Premier League history than Ivan Toney (10/10).

What’s next?

Sunday 12th March 1:00pm

Kick off 2:00pm

Brentford travel to Everton in the Premier League next Saturday at 3pm before making the trip to Southampton on March 15 at 7.30pm.

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.

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