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Brentford 2-0 Ipswich Town: Bees victory leaves Tractor Boys on the brink

Bretnford striker Neal Maupay (left) shoots at goal
Brentford striker Neal Maupay (left) netted his 22nd league goal of the season

Brentford made light work of Ipswich Town as they nudged the Championship's bottom club to the brink of relegation.

Neal Maupay and Ollie Watkins scored within the space of eight first-half minutes as the Bees ended a run of five matches without a win.

Collin Quaner should have put Ipswich ahead moments before Maupay's opener but hit the base of the post as he tried to dink the ball past Luke Daniels.

Ipswich will be relegated on Saturday if they fail to beat Birmingham City at home.

Paul Lambert has still only won three out of his 25 league matches since taking charge of Ipswich in November. The Suffolk club now look certain to drop into English football's third tier for the first time since 1957.

At one stage in the evening's other games, scores elsewhere meant Town were just a goal away from being relegated a year to the day that Mick McCarthy resigned after a home win against Barnsley.

Despite the club's inevitable plight, more than 1,600 fans made the trip to west London but, as has been the case for most of the season, they had little to cheer about.

Brentford should have won by more but were wasteful at times in the final third.

Their early goals came when Maupay profited from Said Benrahma's neat pass to fire in his 22nd league goal of the season - his 25th overall.

Romaine Sawyers then pounced on a slip in midfield by Flynn Downes that allowed Benrahma to slide the ball across the face of goal and give Watkins plenty of time to pick his spot.

Former Brentford man Alan Judge had Ipswich's best chances of the second half on his first return to Griffin Park when he forced Daniels to tip over a curling ball into the danger area and skewed a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told BBC Sport:

"We started well. We tried to move the ball quickly with one or two touches and there was lots of energy and intensity put into the game.

"I liked that we tried to play in behind them more so than we do usually, but that helped create more gaps in between. Throughout we found space and created opportunities and took two very good goals.

"We could have maybe scored one more. I know they hit the post and a goal for them could have changed the momentum but, in the end, we did more than well enough to deserve our lead.

"Second half, we were professional. I'm pleased we didn't give anything away with a high line and that made it into a scrap for them."

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert told BBC Sport:

"Flynn Downes made a mistake for their second goal, but the positive thing for me is he kept wanting to take the ball forward after that. It's not his first mistake and it won't be his last.

"But we never deserved to take anything from the game. The big turning point was Collin Quaner hitting the post when everyone thought it might go in.

"That might have changed the course of the game, but we were up against a good side.

"That's probably the worst 45 minutes I've seen since I've been here. But performances like this aren't why we are where we are. It goes back a lot further than that - right to last summer."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 28Daniels
  • 26Konsa
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 34Bech SörensenBooked at 74mins
  • 2Odubajo
  • 14Da Silva
  • 19Sawyers
  • 3Henry
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forForssat 87'minutes
  • 21BenrahmaSubstituted forCanosat 71'minutes
  • 9MaupaySubstituted forMarcondesat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 7Canos
  • 17Marcondes
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 25Balcombe
  • 33Forss
  • 36Oksanen

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 41Bree
  • 4Chambers
  • 22NsialaBooked at 54mins
  • 30Kenlock
  • 15BishopSubstituted forNydamat 66'minutes
  • 6ChalobahSubstituted forEl Mizouniat 80'minutes
  • 21Downes
  • 23Dozzell
  • 45QuanerSubstituted forJacksonat 61'minutes
  • 31Judge

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 3Knudsen
  • 9Jackson
  • 16Nydam
  • 27Emmanuel
  • 42El Mizouni
  • 49Dawkins
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
10,039

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Ipswich Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Ipswich Town 0.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by James Bree.

Attempt blocked. Idris El Mizouni (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Dozzell.

Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Marcus Forss replaces Ollie Watkins.

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

Foul by Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town).

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

Foul by Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town).

Mads Bech Sörensen (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kayden Jackson.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Idris El Mizouni replaces Trevoh Chalobah.

Offside, Brentford. Mads Bech Sörensen tries a through ball, but Sergi Canos is caught offside.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Luke Daniels.

Booking

Mads Bech Sörensen (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mads Bech Sörensen (Brentford).

Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes replaces Neal Maupay.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Said Benrahma.

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

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Ipswich Town).

Offside, Ipswich Town. Bartosz Bialkowski tries a through ball, but Kayden Jackson is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Josh Da Silva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ollie Watkins following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Aristote Nsiala.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Aristote Nsiala tries a through ball, but Kayden Jackson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tristan Nydam replaces Teddy Bishop.

Rico Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kayden Jackson replaces Collin Quaner.

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

Foul by Alan Judge (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Flynn Downes.

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

Attempt missed. Said Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Booking

Aristote Nsiala (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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As It Stood

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