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Stoke City 1-1 Brentford: Potters still searching for first win in Championship

Ollie Watkins equalised for Brentford at Swansea
Ollie Watkins netted Brentford's equaliser at Stoke with his second goal in as many games

Stoke remain without a win since their return to the Championship after Brentford almost came from behind to take all three points in an entertaining draw.

The relegated Potters went ahead against the run of play in the first half as Benik Afobe pounced on a defensive mix-up between Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley and centre-back Chris Mepham.

Ollie Watkins levelled for the Bees in the second half as Neal Maupay played him in after a neat move and he drilled in from the edge of the penalty area.

Watkins almost stole the win in the closing moments but Jack Butland rescued Stoke with an impressive save, tipping the ball round the post.

Both Afobe and Watkins netted their second goals in as many Championship matches at the start of the new season, while Bees striker Maupay came close to adding to his opening-weekend brace in the 5-1 defeat of Rotherham.

He was denied an early goal by Bruno Martins Indi's last-ditch challenge in the Stoke area, and in stoppage time fired narrowly wide of a stranded Butland's goal.

Joe Allen came close to stretching Stoke's lead near half-time but his goal-bound header was cleared off the line by Brentford centre-back Ezri Konsa.

That rallied Brentford for the second half and after Sergi Canos had a shot tipped over the crossbar and saw a penalty appeal waved away, their pressure was rewarded by Watkins' strike from 25 yards out.

Both Watkins and substitute Said Benrahma went close to finding a winner, but Stoke survived to take a point after their 3-1 defeat by Leeds on the opening weekend.

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett said:

"My message to the players is that 'we've got to wake up.' At the moment we look too easy to create chances against.

"You could see at the start that any sideways or back-pass made people get nervous or edgy. Whilst I can understand that, we've got to better than that because we have players who have played at a higher level.

"We've got a lot of work to do and need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves as a group."

Brentford boss Dean Smith said:

"Stoke have a talented squad so for us to come here and dominate is very pleasing for me. The players can take a lot of belief from this result.

"[Stoke's goal] was a mistake and it can happen. I thought we were then the better team in the second half.

"The character and spirit from the players was there in the second half and we eventually put that right with a great goal."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 2Bauer
  • 17Shawcross
  • 15Martins IndiSubstituted forWilliamsat 26'minutes
  • 3Pieters
  • 24FletcherSubstituted forCrouchat 77'minutes
  • 4AllenBooked at 53mins
  • 7Ince
  • 27BojanSubstituted forEteboat 65'minutes
  • 11McCleanBooked at 13mins
  • 9Afobe

Substitutes

  • 5Williams
  • 8Etebo
  • 18Diouf
  • 19Berahino
  • 25Crouch
  • 30Edwards
  • 32Federici

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 26Konsa
  • 6Mepham
  • 29Barbet
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forYennarisat 67'minutes
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forMokotjoat 56'minutes
  • 7CanosSubstituted forBenrahmaat 68'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11Watkins
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 8Yennaris
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 18Judge
  • 20Clarke
  • 21Benrahma
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 28Daniels
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
24,806

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 1, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Brentford 1.

Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Mepham.

Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Attempt missed. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Peter Crouch.

Chris Mepham (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Attempt blocked. Said Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Attempt blocked. Benik Afobe (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean.

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Stoke City).

Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

Peter Etebo (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Said Benrahma (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Darren Fletcher.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ollie Watkins (Brentford) because of an injury.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

Moritz Bauer (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.

Attempt saved. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Moritz Bauer with a cross.

Foul by Yoann Barbet (Brentford).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Said Benrahma (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Said Benrahma replaces Sergi Canos.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Nico Yennaris replaces Lewis MacLeod.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 1, Brentford 1. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Etebo replaces Bojan.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

James McClean (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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