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Middlesbrough 0-1 Brentford: Jonathan Woodgate calls for VAR after defeat

Brentford forward Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins scored his 24th goal for Brentford

Middlesbrough head coach Jonathan Woodgate called for VAR to be introduced in the Championship after seeing his side have two goals ruled out in a 1-0 defeat by Brentford.

Twice Ashley Fletcher had the ball in the net for Boro before half-time only for the assistant referee to rule both out - first for handball then offside.

Woodgate's side then conceded the winner shortly after half-time as Ollie Watkins celebrated signing a new four-year contract with the Bees by turning in Sergi Canos' cross.

"We've got VAR in the Premier League - why not in the Championship?" Woodgate told BBC Radio Tees. "Are these games less important? I don't think they are.

"We had two goals ruled out - one is onside and the other isn't handball. People can't be making these mistakes, this is big business."

Boro also saw Britt Assombalonga strike the base of a post in a dominant first half but they slipped to defeat in their opening home game of the season for the first time since 2013.

It was further frustration for Woodgate, whose side were denied by an 85th-minute equaliser at Luton in his first game in charge.

"The first half performance, I thought we were excellent," said Woodgate. "We dominated and should have been two or three up at half-time, and I thought we deserved the victory."

Brentford responded to an opening weekend defeat by Birmingham with a second-half rally.

Mathias Jensen tested Boro goalkeeper Darren Randolph before Watkins broke the deadlock with his 24th Brentford goal.

Canos then had a chance to double the lead but shot wide from 15 yards out.

But the Bees saw the game out for their second win on Teesside in five months - having previously waited 81 years for victory at Middlesbrough.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank: "I have big belief in Ollie - he scored a classic number nine goal.

"We had to sell the best number nine in the league when Neal [Maupay] left, but now the new number nine has scored, so it is a case of job done.

"I was disappointed with us in the first half because we gave the ball away too much, and I was impressed with Middlesbrough.

"We kept throwing the ball away and making bad decisions. At half-time, I said we needed to be much more aware, that we were too soft, and that we had to make better decisions."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 16Howson
  • 4Ayala
  • 5Shotton
  • 33Coulson
  • 26Wing
  • 8ClaytonSubstituted forDijksteelat 75'minutes
  • 17McNair
  • 21JohnsonSubstituted forBrowneat 75'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 11FletcherSubstituted forGestedeat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dijksteel
  • 7Tavernier
  • 10Browne
  • 14Gestede
  • 22Saville
  • 27Bola
  • 42Pears

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 18Jansson
  • 5PinnockSubstituted forRacicat 72'minutes
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 82mins
  • 14DasilvaSubstituted forYearwoodat 88'minutes
  • 8Jensen
  • 3Henry
  • 7CanósSubstituted forMbeumoat 81'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 17Marcondes

Substitutes

  • 4Yearwood
  • 15Forss
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 20Clarke
  • 28Daniels
  • 32Racic
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
21,911

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Brentford 1.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala tries a through ball, but Marcus Browne is caught offside.

Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dru Yearwood (Brentford).

Foul by Marcus Browne (Middlesbrough).

Mathias Jensen (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Dru Yearwood replaces Josh Dasilva.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Anfernee Dijksteel tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Dasilva (Brentford).

Booking

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

Marcus Browne (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Rudy Gestede replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Bryan Mbeumo replaces Sergi Canós.

Anfernee Dijksteel (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sergi Canós (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Sergi Canós (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Offside, Brentford. David Raya Martin tries a through ball, but Ollie Watkins is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anfernee Dijksteel with a cross.

Foul by Marcus Browne (Middlesbrough).

Mathias Jensen (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Anfernee Dijksteel replaces Adam Clayton.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Marcus Browne replaces Marvin Johnson.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Britt Assombalonga.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Luka Racic replaces Ethan Pinnock because of an injury.

Foul by Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough).

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

Attempt blocked. Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Marvin Johnson is caught offside.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mathias Jensen (Brentford).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Mathias Jensen.

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