Championship
Brentford2Cardiff2

Brentford 2-2 Cardiff City

Peter Whittingham
Peter Whittingham stroked home his fifth goal and second penalty of the season to give Cardiff City the lead at Brentford

A glut of late goals at Griffin Park saw honours shared between Brentford and Cardiff City.

The visitors went ahead thanks to a 24th minute penalty by Peter Whittingham, but were pegged back by a great strike from substitute Sullay Kaikai with six minutes left.

Neil Warnock's men thought they had snatched the win when Kenneth Zohore raced clear to score on 88 minutes.

But in added time, Kaikai headed in to frustrate the Bluebirds.

It was a showing which will have frustrated Bluebirds' boss Warnock, who has bemoaned his side's defending as they look to escape the relegation battle at the bottom of the Championship.

Whittingham, nearing a decade at the Welsh club, coolly gave Cardiff the lead from the spot after referee Simon Hooper decided Andreas Bjelland brought Cardiff defender Sean Morrison down in the box.

Brentford huffed and puffed for an equaliser and might have had it sooner but for a couple of fine saves from Brian Murphy, who was making his debut in the Cardiff goal.

In the second half, Murphy first denied Ryan Woods and then pulled off an even better stop to thwart John Egan with 15 minutes left.

Murphy was finally beaten when 21-year-old Kaikai cut inside from the left and fired home an excellent shot.

Zohore looked to have had the final say for the visitors when he poked beneath onrushing goalkeeper Daniel Bentley, but more drama followed when Bees defender John Egan crossed for Kaikai to head home his second and earn Dean Smith's side a point.

Brentford manager Dean Smith:

"I find it amazing that we have not had a single penalty this season but we have been there before. The officiating has not been the best this season and that is something that needs to improve.

"That said, we should not have got ourselves into that position in the first place.

"We started brightly but then they got the penalty and we lost a bit of confidence.

"We started to go a little bit more direct but we had a talk at half-time and came out a lot stronger."

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock:

"We can be a decent team but a team has to be 11 lads on the same wavelength or opponents at this level will find you out.

"One or two out there didn't have the desire when we needed it most and need to look at themselves."

"The lads want to punish me. They don't want to make it easy for me.

"It seems like a loss to be honest. Some of our experienced lads have to stand up - we have one or two who just please themselves instead of taking the game by the scruff of the neck."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 14Egan
  • 6DeanBooked at 75mins
  • 5BjellandBooked at 23minsSubstituted forHofmannat 77'minutes
  • 2Colin
  • 15Woods
  • 8Yennaris
  • 30Field
  • 21VibeSubstituted forKaikaiat 63'minutes
  • 9Hogan
  • 19SawyersSubstituted forMcEachranat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 10McEachran
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 25Kaikai
  • 29Barbet

Cardiff

  • 28Murphy
  • 2PeltierSubstituted forPilkingtonat 64'minutes
  • 16Connolly
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 3Bennett
  • 17GunnarssonBooked at 73mins
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 31minsSubstituted forO'Keefeat 45'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 26Zohore
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forNooneat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Noone
  • 13Pilkington
  • 19Lambert
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 24K Harris
  • 25Huws
  • 30Wilson
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
11,098

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home19
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Cardiff City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Cardiff City 2.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bennett.

Attempt missed. Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore with a headed pass.

Nico Yennaris (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Cardiff City 2. Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Egan with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Cardiff City 2. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Craig Noone.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Craig Noone.

Attempt blocked. Philipp Hofmann (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Woods with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Stuart O'Keefe.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Cardiff City 1. Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Josh McEachran.

Attempt saved. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Brentford).

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh McEachran (Brentford).

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Hogan.

Foul by Sullay Kaikai (Brentford).

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Junior Hoilett.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Philipp Hofmann replaces Andreas Bjelland.

Harlee Dean (Brentford).

(Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Bjelland.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt blocked. John Egan (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Woods with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Brian Murphy.

Attempt saved. John Egan (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Scott Hogan with a headed pass.

Booking

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Scott Hogan (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle23161645182749
2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2313463330343
4Huddersfield2313372827142
5Leeds2313283023741
6Sheff Wed2312472723440
7Fulham2399540281236
8Derby2210662315836
9Barnsley2310494035534
10Aston Villa2381052522334
11Birmingham229762729-234
12Norwich23103103837133
13Preston239593131032
14Brentford2385102930-129
15Wolves237793132-128
16Ipswich237792226-428
17Bristol City2383123030027
18Nottm Forest2375113641-526
19Cardiff2366112638-1224
20QPR2265112031-1123
21Burton2357112432-822
22Blackburn2355132739-1220
23Wigan2346132030-1018
24Rotherham2334162450-2613
View full Championship table

Top Stories

Get Inspired Activity Finder

Run by the BBC and partners

Find ways to get active near you: