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Brentford 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Maupay and Watkins score in Bees win

Brentford striker Neal Maupay scores against Sheffield Wednesday
Brentford striker Neal Maupay netted his third goal of the season from the penalty spot

Brentford continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable home victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

French striker Neal Maupay put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot midway through the first half after Lewis Macleod was hauled down by Sam Hutchinson.

Owls forward Marco Matias broke the offside trap to force Bees skipper Dan Bentley into a save from a narrow angle before winger Sergi Canos curled wide for the hosts.

Maupay rounded Wednesday keeper Cameron Dawson from a swift counter-attack just after the hour mark to allow Ollie Watkins to double the lead with a tap-in, consigning the visitors to their second league defeat of the campaign.

The Owls have taken just one point so far and, after a 15th-placed finish last season and a transfer embargo over the summer, Jos Luhukay's side rarely threatened at Griffin Park.

Brentford have finished in the top 10 in the Championship in the past four seasons since winning promotion to the second tier in 2014 and appear well placed to challenge for promotion after taking seven points from their opening three games.

Watkins and Maupay constantly threatened as they both notched their third goals of the season and could have added to the scoreline in the second half, while Dawson had to be alert to deny substitute Said Benrahma in stoppage time.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith told BBC Radio London:

"We were very good and controlled the game for long periods.

"It should have been more emphatic, given the chances we had. Sometimes it is about good decision-making.

"There is good movement from the team, I know the players are good finishers and we will start taking our chances.

"We believe we have a squad which can go and compete in the league this season. but it is performances which get you results."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay:

"All credit to Brentford. They deserved the win and were a better team than us.

"They had chances to make it a bigger defeat and we have to thank our keeper for keeping the score down.

"Realistically we have to try to finish higher than last season.

"We were strong in the last two months of last season and that spirit was not there today and that is very disappointing."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 55mins
  • 26Konsa
  • 6Mepham
  • 29Barbet
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forMokotjoat 71'minutes
  • 10McEachran
  • 19Sawyers
  • 7CanosSubstituted forBenrahmaat 72'minutes
  • 9Maupay
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forJudgeat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Yennaris
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 15Woods
  • 18Judge
  • 21Benrahma
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 28Daniels

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 24BakerBooked at 62mins
  • 15Lees
  • 36PudilSubstituted forPenneyat 84'minutes
  • 12Thorniley
  • 23HutchinsonSubstituted forPrestonat 45'minutes
  • 10Bannan
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 19MatiasSubstituted forFletcherat 76'minutes
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 45Forestieri

Substitutes

  • 2Palmer
  • 9Fletcher
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 31Kirby
  • 37Preston
  • 41Lee
  • 42Penney
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
10,134

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away4
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Cameron Dawson.

Attempt saved. Said Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard.

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Judge.

Offside, Brentford. Yoann Barbet tries a through ball, but Alan Judge is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Matt Penney replaces Daniel Pudil because of an injury.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Fraser Preston.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ashley Baker.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Ollie Watkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Steven Fletcher replaces Marco Matias.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Fraser Preston (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Thorniley.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Said Benrahma replaces Sergi Canos.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Kamohelo Mokotjo replaces Lewis MacLeod.

Attempt saved. Sergi Canos (Brentford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

Booking

Ashley Baker (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fraser Preston with a cross.

Offside, Brentford. Romaine Sawyers tries a through ball, but Neal Maupay is caught offside.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Fraser Preston.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Joey Pelupessy.

Booking

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Middlesbrough431082610
2Leeds33009279
3West Brom421113767
4Brentford32108267
5Aston Villa32107437
6Bolton32105327
7Swansea32103127
8Nottm Forest41305416
9Sheff Utd420257-26
10Millwall31204315
11Blackburn31203215
12Wigan31117704
13Preston31113304
14Derby310247-33
15Rotherham310227-53
16Ipswich302134-12
17Birmingham302123-12
18Stoke302146-22
19Bristol City302135-22
20Norwich301268-21
21Sheff Wed301236-31
22Hull301225-31
23Reading300314-30
24QPR3003210-80
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