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Brentford 4-1 Huddersfield Town

Chris Long
Chris Long made the perfect start to his loan spell

Chris Long scored a brace on his first start as Brentford moved back into the Championship play-off places with a 4-1 win over mid-table Huddersfield.

Everton loanee Long smashed a shot past goalkeeper Alex Smithies to open the scoring then tapped in a rebound after Harry Bunn had levelled.

Alex Pritchard's curled shot made it three on 70 minutes and Jon Toral clinched the points in stoppage time.

Mark Warburton's Brentford climb to sixth, one point ahead of Ipswich.

It was a comfortable victory for a dominant Bees side against a Huddersfield outfit who seemed determined to play on the counter-attack from the outset.

After his powerful opening strike, Long almost quickly added a second, with only a point-blank stop from Smithies denying the defender after he had raced on to Toumani Diagouraga's through-ball.

Bunn's 22nd-minute equaliser gave Town hope, but the striker's goading of the Griffin Park fans saw him lucky to escape a card.

The Bees, who lost 1-0 at Birmingham last weekend, began to tire on a heavy pitch just before the break, but rediscovered their attacking flair in the second-half.

Jota left three defenders in his wake before seeing his 51st-minute drive parried by Smithies only as far as Long, who rifled the loose ball into the roof of the net.

On-loan Tottenham midfielder Pritchard then pounced to extend the lead and Toral volleyed in from the edge of the box late on.

It was another excellent home win for the Bees, who beat Bournemouth and Blackpool in their last two games at Griffin Park.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton: "It was similar to Saturday at Birmingham when we played against two banks of four, but this time we upped the tempo and intensity and maintained our width and got our rewards.

"It showed that if we have a setback we bounce back and more importantly, that we continue to learn. I was delighted for Chris Long.

"He fits our model of young, hungry players in the mould of Adam Forshaw, Jake Bidwell, Marcello Trotta and George Saville that have been well looked after at the club."

Huddersfield boss Chris Powell: "We started both halves very slowly and got punished both times. In the first half we could have been three down but for Alex Smithies, who made some brilliant saves.

"After we equalised we looked more confident on the ball, pushed forward and started to build. We got a foothold in the game but then conceded early in the second half and we were right up against it again."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 29Moore
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 20DiagouragaSubstituted forToralat 72'minutes
  • 23Jota
  • 21Pritchard
  • 15DallasSubstituted forSmithat 77'minutes
  • 31LongSubstituted forGrayat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 6Dean
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 19Gray
  • 24Smith

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 27Smith
  • 4HudsonBooked at 67mins
  • 15Wallace
  • 7ScannellSubstituted forCoadyat 79'minutes
  • 6Hogg
  • 2EdgarSubstituted forMillerat 79'minutes
  • 8ButterfieldBooked at 39mins
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forCarrollat 45'minutes
  • 30BunnBooked at 45mins
  • 9Vaughan

Substitutes

  • 10Coady
  • 11Miller
  • 13Murphy
  • 18Lolley
  • 25Carroll
  • 28Gobern
  • 45Majewski
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
9,625

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home23
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 4, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 4, Huddersfield Town 1.

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Coady.

Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 4, Huddersfield Town 1. Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by James Vaughan.

Attempt blocked. Tommy Smith (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Gray with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Andre Gray (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt saved. Tommy Smith (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Tommy Smith (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

Hand ball by Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Conor Coady replaces Sean Scannell.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Ishmael Miller replaces David Edgar.

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Stuart Dallas.

Attempt missed. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Andre Gray replaces Chris Long.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Toumani Diagouraga.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. David Edgar tries a through ball, but Harry Bunn is caught offside.

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).

Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 3, Huddersfield Town 1. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Toumani Diagouraga.

Booking

Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Long (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg with a cross.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Harry Bunn is caught offside.

Foul by Chris Long (Brentford).

David Edgar (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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