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Reading 0-3 Brentford: Bees keep pressure on top two with victory

Brentford score against Reading
Bryan Mbeumo gave Brentford a first-half lead against Reading

Bryan Mbeumo scored on his first start since returning from coronavirus as in-form Brentford brushed aside Reading to move within two points of the Championship's automatic promotion places.

The Frenchman, who missed Brentford's first post-lockdown game at Fulham after a positive test, glanced home a first-half header for his 15th goal of the season to put the Bees ahead.

Josh Dasilva lashed home Brentford's second midway through the second half after following up on Rafael Cabral's save from his initial effort, before Joel Valencia added a stunning third from outside the box in added time.

Brentford were well worth their third straight win since football's resumption - and a fourth in succession overall - that ramped up the pressure on the top two, particularly second-placed West Bromwich Albion.

The mid-table Royals' only real chance fell to Michael Olise just before half-time, with his goalbound volley deflected over by well-positioned Bees defender Pontus Jansson.

Buzzing Bees hot on heels of wobbling West Brom

When Brentford kicked off the Championship's restart with a lunchtime trip to Fulham on 20 June, all eyes were on the Bees' London neighbours as the team likeliest to break into the top two.

But after stunning Scott Parker's side that day with two late goals, Brentford then turned over Albion to arguably position themselves as the larger threat.

The Baggies will be fully aware that the Bees boast a significantly superior goal difference, a cushion stretched to 11 by these three goals at the Madejski and a fourth straight clean sheet.

If Slaven Bilic's team fail to win at Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday, Brentford would go second by beating Wigan on Saturday - deposing Albion from the top two for the first time since September.

Reading captain Liam Moore lays a wreath
Reading captain Liam Moore laid a wreath in the centre circle before kick-off, as the club paid tribute to the three people who died after being stabbed in the town earlier this month. Royals players wore special 'Together' shirts during the warm-up, before both teams joined for a minute's silence

'BMW' parts back together as Brentford purr through gears

Mbeumo's bout of coronavirus meant Thomas Frank had been unable to start with his preferred 'BMW' front three - Said Benrahma, Mbeumo and 23-goal leading scorer Ollie Watkins - since football's restart.

Back together for the first time, the trio tormented the Royals once Mbeumo nodded home from a cleverly-worked corner that Ethan Pinnock headed back after spinning free at the far post.

Brazilian keeper Rafael's brilliance prevented a Reading side with little to play for losing by more, twice preventing Watkins from moving clear of Aleksandar Mitrovic as the division's outright top scorer.

But he was beaten when static defenders allowed Dasilva to follow up the keeper's parry from his initial shot and left helpless by substitute Valencia's swerving thunderbolt from 20 yards late on.

Reaction

Reading manager Mark Bowen: "In every department, I thought Brentford were much stronger than us. They looked more brighter than us, they had more intelligence on the ball and made more right decisions than us.

"We've got to look at how we may have to freshen things up in the team. I expected much more from my side.

"That's one point from three games - that's the bottom line. Did we lack fight and character? We've just got to address that."

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank: "This was a very good performance going away from home. We maintained another high level, especially on the defensive side of our game.

"That is a most important side of the game to be focused on. You have to be disciplined and stick to your structure.

"You can always talk about putting the pressure on them (West Brom) but the only thing that we can do is focus on our training and our games - and make sure that we win the next one.

"It's then up the other teams to either win or fail - and then put more pressure on themselves. But we can't look too far ahead."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 2Gunter
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 11Obita
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 10SwiftSubstituted forAdamat 68'minutes
  • 19Meite
  • 21OliseSubstituted forMcClearyat 60'minutes
  • 14Ejaria
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forPuscasat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 12McCleary
  • 16McIntyre
  • 24Blackett
  • 25Masika
  • 26Adam
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
  • 34Osho
  • 47Puscas

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22DalsgaardSubstituted forRasmussenat 81'minutes
  • 18JanssonBooked at 67mins
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3Henry
  • 17MarcondesSubstituted forMokotjoat 82'minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 14DasilvaSubstituted forBaptisteat 65'minutes
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forValencia Castilloat 61'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 12Mokotjo
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 21Dervisoglu
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 26Baptiste
  • 28Daniels
  • 31Zamburek
  • 35Rasmussen
Referee:
Dean Whitestone

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home5
Away18
Shots on Target
Home1
Away9
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Brentford 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Brentford 3.

David Raya Martin (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Reading).

Foul by César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford).

Charlie Adam (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Brentford 3. César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Nørgaard.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Rico Henry.

Attempt blocked. César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

Attempt blocked. Andy Rinomhota (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Kamohelo Mokotjo replaces Emiliano Marcondes.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Mads Roerslev Rasmussen replaces Henrik Dalsgaard.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shandon Baptiste.

César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Reading).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.

Attempt saved. Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by César Joel Valencia Castillo.

Attempt saved. Jordan Obita (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Charlie Adam replaces John Swift.

Booking

Pontus Jansson (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Pontus Jansson (Brentford).

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Shandon Baptiste replaces Josh Dasilva.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Brentford 2. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes.

Foul by César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford).

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. César Joel Valencia Castillo replaces Bryan Mbeumo.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Michael Olise.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Puscas replaces Sam Baldock.

Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds40229960332775
2West Brom391914664382671
3Brentford402091170333769
4Fulham4019101154441067
5Nottm Forest391713952401264
6Cardiff40151695751661
7Preston39169145249357
8Swansea401415115047357
9Derby391512125452257
10Blackburn401511145550556
11Millwall401317104744356
12Bristol City391510145358-555
13Sheff Wed391410154951-252
14Wigan401311164550-550
15QPR40148185966-750
16Reading401310174848049
17Birmingham391213145160-949
18Charlton401210184654-846
19Middlesbrough391014153950-1144
20Stoke40127215061-1143
21Hull39119195267-1542
22Huddersfield39119194663-1742
23Barnsley401011194562-1741
24Luton40117224673-2740
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