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Brentford 0-1 West Bromwich Albion: Kyle Edwards scores stunning winner

West Brom celebrate Kyle Edwards' goal
Kyle Edwards' first senior goal for West Brom came in the League Cup against Mansfield in August

Kyle Edwards scored a stunning solo goal on his first league start for West Bromwich Albion to ensure victory for the promotion chasers at Brentford.

It took a captivating run to put the Baggies ahead, Edwards slaloming past a number of Bees players after collecting the ball wide on the right, skipping through challenges before poking his finish past Luke Daniels.

West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone kept the visitors in it at half-time with a series of saves - twice denying Said Benrahma before foiling Julian Jeanvier and Yoann Barbet.

Edwards' stunning individual effort was West Brom's first effort on target, with Daniels then going on to keep Dwight Gayle and Ahmed Hegazi out.

Johnstone's intervention was again needed after the break as he foiled Sergi Canos, a save that capped a fine display by the keeper to help the Baggies to their second win in seven days since head coach Darren Moore's sacking.

West Brom remain fourth in the table with the win, and move to within seven points of the automatic promotion spots.

Defeat was Brentford's first at home in six league games at Griffin Park, leaving them 14th and eight points adrift of the play-off spots.

Johnstone was made to work hard in the first half with a string of saves - the finest to keep Barbet out - while West Brom in response failed to get a shot on target before the interval.

Edwards' goal early in the second half was a dazzling moment that decided the game, but Johnstone's impregnable presence proved decisive.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told BBC London:

"The wind played a big part and on the day we didn't show enough quality.

"We needed to create more chances in the first half. There were four or five very good counter-attacking opportunities where with a better decision, a better pass, we could have created a massive chance."

West Brom caretaker boss James Shan told BBC WM:

"Kyle Edwards has been magnificent. I've worked with him from under-eights and seen him progress through the academy. To see him do that at this level is a magnificent achievement.

"We were under the cosh at times in the first half but we also had some really good moments.

"In the second half we began to have some real moments of control and caused Brentford some problems."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 28Daniels
  • 26Konsa
  • 23JeanvierBooked at 65mins
  • 29Barbet
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 19Sawyers
  • 12MokotjoSubstituted forDa Silvaat 83'minutes
  • 2OdubajoBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMarcondesat 83'minutes
  • 7CanosSubstituted forWatkinsat 69'minutes
  • 9Maupay
  • 21Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 10McEachran
  • 11Watkins
  • 13Gunnarsson
  • 14Da Silva
  • 17Marcondes
  • 33Forss
  • 34Bech Sörensen

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 68Holgate
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 14Townsend
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forLivermoreat 80'minutes
  • 11Brunt
  • 6Johansen
  • 21EdwardsSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 74'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16GayleBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 5Bartley
  • 8Livermore
  • 12Mears
  • 18Barry
  • 23Bond
  • 70Murphy
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
11,488

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away14
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Foul by Stefan Johansen (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Luke Daniels.

Attempt saved. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Foul by Josh Da Silva (Brentford).

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Townsend (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes replaces Moses Odubajo.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Da Silva replaces Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Luke Daniels.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jake Livermore replaces James Morrison.

Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Luke Daniels.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard with a headed pass.

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

Foul by Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Kyle Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Moses Odubajo (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but Craig Dawson is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Ollie Watkins replaces Sergi Canos.

Yoann Barbet (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion).

Sergi Canos (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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3Leeds38227963392473
4West Brom381910972482467
5Middlesbrough37151394031958
6Aston Villa381415968541457
7Preston381512115850857
8Derby371511114644256
9Bristol City361510114538755
10Sheff Wed381413114851-355
11Nottm Forest381315105244854
12Hull38149155456-251
13Birmingham381214125349450
14Brentford3713101460501049
15Swansea36138154546-147
16Stoke381017113742-547
17Blackburn381211155260-847
18QPR38128184559-1444
19Wigan38109194157-1639
20Millwall37910184155-1437
21Reading38813174056-1637
22Rotherham38715164061-2136
23Bolton3878232663-3729
24Ipswich38315203062-3224
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