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Brentford 2-1 Charlton Athletic: Said Benrahma inspires Bees to late victory

Said Benrahma
Said Benrahma has scored five goals in five games since the Championship season resumed

A Said Benrahma-inspired Brentford came from a goal down with 16 minutes to go to beat a dogged Charlton side at Griffin Park and keep their hopes of an automatic promotion place alive.

The hosts went behind early on to Macauley Bonne's header - which ended Brentford's five-game run of clean sheets - but dominated much of the proceedings, with Benrahma at the heart of it.

Having scored a hat-trick against Wigan on Saturday, he again showed his class with half-a-dozen efforts and won a 74th-minute penalty which he converted to level.

Benrahma's deflected shot with six minutes left brought a fantastic reaction save from Dillon Phillips, but Ethan Pinnock rose to head Brentford's winner from the resulting corner.

The victory sees the third-placed Bees close the gap on second-placed West Bromwich Albion to two points, having played a game more, while Charlton slip to 20th place, two points above the relegation places.

The result also gave Brentford a club-record sixth-successive win in the second tier - and Thomas Frank's side have not been beaten since 25 February.

Dogged Addicks begin well

Macauley Bonne scores for Charlton
Macauley Bonne's goal was his ninth of the season for Charlton

Despite the home side's impressive form, Charlton could well have got more out of the game had they taken their early chances.

Addicks boss Lee Bowyer made changes to the side that lost to Millwall on Friday and three of those new faces came together to create Bonne's early opener.

Jonny Williams' industrious run down the left wing allowed the Wales midfielder to release Alfie Doughty and his excellent cross was headed back across the goal by Jake Forster-Caskey for Bonne to nod home from close range.

Jason Pearce grazed the bar with a volley as Charlton almost doubled their lead, and while Brentford dominated possession, the visitors did well to limit the hosts to mainly long-range efforts in the opening period.

Benrahma gives Bees their sting

Since the Championship restarted after the Covid-19 outbreak, Benrahma has been at the centre of Brentford's charge for a top-two place.

Having scored one and made the other in their win over then-third-placed Fulham, the Algerian scored all three on Saturday as they beat Wigan and at times Charlton found him unplayable.

Twice in the first half he curled efforts just wide of the far post, and he should have scored with two further chances before the hour.

Josh Cullen, though, was unable to stop himself fouling Benrahma for the penalty after a good ball into the box and he sent Phillips the wrong way from the spot.

Josh Dasilva hit the post for the Bees a couple of minutes after the equaliser in a move that began when Benrahma's shot from the edge of the box was saved.

And it was another save from a Benrahma effort which caused the corner that saw centre-back Pinnock rise highest to head in.

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Brentford need a maximum of two more points to guarantee a place in the play-offs

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank:

"This is a massive win. I'll not stand here and say this didn't mean anything, it was a big win.

"We know every game is a big win, but I just had a feeling because of all the circumstances, that this game would be very, very difficult.

"They have a very good ability to compete against the best sides because they defend and they are very well fixed and they have a good structure."

Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer:

"I'm proud of the players tonight, there's not many times you'll hear me say that when we lose a game.

"But tonight you're playing against a top, top Brentford side who have been hammering teams left, right and centre, before the lockdown and after the lockdown, they're the in-form team in our division and we've just given them a right scare.

"On another day we might have come away with something, but we've just got to keep showing that fight and I'm sure we'll be OK. "

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 35RasmussenSubstituted forDalsgaardat 61'minutes
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3Henry
  • 8JensenSubstituted forMarcondesat 61'minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 14Dasilva
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forDervisogluat 81'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 11Watkins
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 17Marcondes
  • 21Dervisoglu
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 28Daniels
  • 31Zamburek

Charlton

  • 1Phillips
  • 5Lockyer
  • 6Pearce
  • 23Sarr
  • 2Matthews
  • 24CullenBooked at 90mins
  • 28FieldSubstituted forPratleyat 56'minutes
  • 8Forster-CaskeySubstituted forMorganat 72'minutes
  • 45DoughtySubstituted forOshilajaat 72'minutes
  • 7WilliamsSubstituted forLapslieat 56'minutes
  • 17BonneSubstituted forAnekeat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Purrington
  • 4Oshilaja
  • 10Aneke
  • 13Amos
  • 14McGeady
  • 15Pratley
  • 19Morgan
  • 32Lapslie
  • 44Davison
Referee:
John Brooks

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home21
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Halil Dervisoglu (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Charlton Athletic. Dillon Phillips tries a through ball, but Adedeji Oshilaja is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Halil Dervisoglu (Brentford).

  7. Post update

    Dillon Phillips (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Darren Pratley.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Nørgaard.

  10. Booking

    Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Halil Dervisoglu (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Saïd Benrahma tries a through ball, but Ollie Watkins is caught offside.

  14. Booking

    Halil Dervisoglu (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Halil Dervisoglu (Brentford).

  16. Post update

    Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 2, Charlton Athletic 1. Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Dasilva with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Josh Dasilva (Brentford) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds41239963342978
2West Brom412114671403177
3Brentford422291175344175
4Fulham4221101156441273
5Nottm Forest4218141054421268
6Cardiff421616106054664
7Derby411613125653361
8Swansea411515115248460
9Blackburn421611155955459
10Millwall411417104844459
11Preston411610155250258
12Bristol City411510165360-755
13Reading421411175348553
14QPR41158186066-653
15Sheff Wed411410175056-652
16Wigan411311174553-850
17Birmingham411213165164-1349
18Huddersfield421211194963-1447
19Stoke41137215461-746
20Charlton421210204757-1046
21Hull41129205672-1645
22Middlesbrough411014174053-1344
23Barnsley421012204667-2142
24Luton42118234779-3241
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