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Brentford 2-3 Swansea City: Bees fight back not enough to earn point

Swansea City players celebrate an own goal by Chris Mepham of Brentford
Swansea City scored three goals in a Championship game for the third time this season

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank likened his side's start against Swansea City to a "horror movie" before they eventually lost 3-2.

Swansea's dominant first-half performance saw them race into a 3-0 lead inside half an hour with goals from Wayne Routledge, Leroy Fer and a Chris Mepham own goal.

Brentford did pull the game back to within a goal with 20 minutes to play, courtesy of Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma, but the Bees fell to a fourth defeat in their past five games.

"We took some momentum from the draw at West Brom, but then we went and made a mistake inside the first minute," Frank told BBC Radio London.

"We were 3-0 down after just three shots on target and you just think, 'this can't be happening'. It was like a horror movie and it got more and more scary.

"We showed fine character to get back into the game and you could say we deserved a point on the basis of our second-half performance.

"But, it's not good that we keep putting ourselves in these situations over and over again."

Defeat leaves Brentford ominously close to the Championship bottom three with just four points separating them from third-from-bottom Reading.

Frank's side were behind after just 25 seconds in when Routledge opened the scoring.

"Our defending's a concern and something we've been looking at for quite a while now," Frank added.

"Football is complex, a mixture of things like momentum, form, relationships, confidence and skills. We don't have the right recipe at this moment in time."

Victory for Swansea lifted them to 12th and their only disappointment in the early stages was the loss of Martin Olsson, who was taken off the field on a stretcher and replaced by Connor Roberts.

Potter will be relieved to see his side bounce back after three successive defeats.

Swansea manager Graham Potter:

"We were three up and doing things really well and then we conceded and the home crowd turned.

"We knew the game game was still alive and started the second half well, had chances to put the game to bed, but didn't take them and then anything can happen.

"Any three points will be hard fought in this division. We had a little luck and they missed some good chances so all in all it was a great game for the neutral, but horrible for me and their manager."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 84mins
  • 26Konsa
  • 6Mepham
  • 3Henry
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forJudgeat 45'minutes
  • 8YennarisSubstituted forMokotjoat 70'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 19Sawyers
  • 21BenrahmaSubstituted forCanosat 79'minutes
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 2Odubajo
  • 7Canos
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 14Da Silva
  • 18Judge
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Barbet

Swansea

  • 25Mulder
  • 26Naughton
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 22Rodon
  • 3OlssonSubstituted forRobertsat 14'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 8Fer
  • 21Grimes
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forCarter-Vickersat 79'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 19McKay
  • 12DyerSubstituted forFultonat 67'minutes
  • 9McBurnie

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 2Bony
  • 7Montero
  • 10Celina
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 23Roberts
  • 27Fulton
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
9,442

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Swansea City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Swansea City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rico Henry (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

  5. Post update

    Sergi Canos (Brentford) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Chris Mepham with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Barrie McKay (Swansea City).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sergi Canos.

  11. Booking

    Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Booking

    Connor Roberts (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. Cameron Carter-Vickers tries a through ball, but Connor Roberts is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

  15. Booking

    Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Cameron Carter-Vickers replaces Wayne Routledge.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Said Benrahma.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich21134438241443
2Leeds21126335181742
3Sheff Utd21114634241037
4Derby2111463124737
5West Brom21106544301436
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa218854132932
9Birmingham217953025530
10Stoke217952725230
11Blackburn217952731-430
12Swansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14QPR218492531-628
15Preston216783235-325
16Wigan2174102329-625
17Sheff Wed216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull2156102130-921
20Rotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich2118121737-2011
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