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Brentford 2-2 Reading: Yoann Barbet equalises for Bees

Yoann Barbet scoring
Yoann Barbet headed home a stoppage time equaliser for Brentford

Yoann Barbet headed a stoppage-time equaliser to rescue a point for 10-man Brentford against Reading.

The Royals came from behind after two mistakes from goalkeeper Daniel Bentley allowed Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to level before the break and John Swift's free-kick to drop over the line in the second half.

Said Benrahma was then sent off in the closing stages for two bookable offences, but full-back Barbet nodded in at the back post to secure a point in stoppage time.

Championship top scorer Neal Maupay had earlier opened the scoring for the hosts after slotting the ball past Sam Walker from six yards out.

Maupay rolled in his ninth goal of the season after Benrahma found the striker unmarked in the penalty box.

But two spillages either side of half-time from Bees shot-stopper Bentley allowed Paul Clement's side to take the lead.

A 25-yard shot from Swift was bundled over by Bodvarsson before the midfielder got on the scoresheet after Bentley fumbled his free-kick over the line.

Benrahma was handed a second yellow card without hesitation from referee Geoff Eltringham before nine minutes of stoppage time.

But despite being down to 10 men, Dean Smith's side flooded forward and Barbet headed in the equaliser from a corner.

Brentford manager Dean Smith:

"I don't think I've ever been involved in a game like that where 10 minutes have been added on and an air ambulance hasn't arrived.

"They came and slowed the game down and were allowed to do it by the referee, who booked no-one in the first half and then threw cards around like confetti in the second.

"I'm still trying to sort my head out after that game. It will be interesting watching it back but in the end, I have to praise my side's character in fighting to the end and then going looking for the winner. That's the way we play.

"Daniel will be disappointed with the two mistakes but he has saved us plenty of times before."

Reading manager Paul Clement told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"(It was a) great game, loads of passion, edge of your seat stuff.

"We are disappointed to not have taken all three points particularly because they had 10 men on the field.

"There has been a mental shift in this team and that's pleasing. I think we have turned a corner but we know we have to keep it going.

"The fans here today were unbelievable for us, absolutely fantastic."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 26Konsa
  • 6Mepham
  • 29Barbet
  • 10McEachranBooked at 52minsSubstituted forMokotjoat 71'minutes
  • 19SawyersSubstituted forJudgeat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21BenrahmaBooked at 86mins
  • 4MacLeod
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 55minsSubstituted forCanosat 69'minutes
  • 9MaupayBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 2Odubajo
  • 7Canos
  • 8Yennaris
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 18Judge
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 28Daniels

Reading

  • 28Walker
  • 2Gunter
  • 20Ilori
  • 6Moore
  • 3Yiadom
  • 7BacunaBooked at 52mins
  • 32Ezatolahi
  • 21MeiteSubstituted forAlukoat 82'minutes
  • 10SwiftSubstituted forKellyat 90'minutes
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forSimsat 71'minutes
  • 23Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 14Aluko
  • 19Sims
  • 24Blackett
  • 29McNulty
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 38Kelly
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
10,045

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamReading
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Reading 2.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

Tiago Ilori (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

Offside, Reading. Andy Yiadom tries a through ball, but Jón Dadi Bödvarsson is caught offside.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Alan Judge (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

Josh Sims (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Liam Kelly (Reading).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Reading 2. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Mepham following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tiago Ilori.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis MacLeod with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Liam Kelly replaces John Swift because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match John Swift (Reading) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Said Benrahma (Brentford) for a bad foul.

Foul by Said Benrahma (Brentford).

Josh Sims (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Sone Aluko replaces Yakou Meite because of an injury.

Delay in match Yakou Meite (Reading) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Booking

Neal Maupay (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Yakou Meite (Reading) because of an injury.

Daniel Bentley (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

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

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds105412081219
3Middlesbrough10541124819
4Sheff Utd106131813519
5Norwich105231413117
6Brentford104421812616
7Swansea10442106416
8Wigan105141412216
9Derby105141311216
10Bristol City104331512315
11Nottm Forest103611311215
12Sheff Wed104331515015
13Blackburn103611313015
14Bolton104331012-215
15Aston Villa103521615114
16Birmingham10172910-110
17Stoke102441418-410
18Rotherham10316816-810
19QPR10316718-1110
20Reading102351415-19
21Hull102261017-78
22Ipswich10064814-66
23Millwall10136916-76
24Preston101271121-105
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