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Brentford 2-0 Coventry City: Ivan Toney scores twice for Bees

Ivan Toney scores Brentford's second goal against Coventry City
Ivan Toney (centre) has scored five goals in his past three games for Brentford

Ivan Toney's second-half double helped Brentford record a comfortable home win over Coventry City.

The former Peterborough striker put the Bees ahead in the first minute of the second half, diverting Bryan Mbeumo's cross-cum-shot past Marko Marosi from just inside the six-yard box.

Toney then doubled the lead nine minutes later when he headed in Emiliano Marcondes' cross from the left at the back post.

The Bees had largely dominated the first half, with Marosi twice denying Toney and keeping out a close-range effort from Pontus Jansson.

Matty Godden came closest to pulling a goal back for the Sky Blues, sending a volley onto the underside of the crossbar which bounced down onto the line and having three more efforts saved by David Raya.

Brentford's win was their second in five Championship games this season, while promoted Coventry have recorded a solitary victory since their return to the second tier.

Summer signing Toney has now scored five goals in his past three games, and Brentford head coach Thomas Frank will welcome his contribution after the departure of another star player from last season's run to the Championship play-off final.

Said Benrahma joined West Ham United on an initial season-long loan on Friday, a deal which followed the sale of forward Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa last month.

The pair contributed 42 league goals last season as the Bees finished third in the table before losing to Fulham at Wembley in August.

However, they will have some concerns over Toney's fitness after he was withdrawn just after the hour mark after suffering an injury to his shoulder area in a challenge.

Coventry later revealed that striker Tyler Walker, who was not in the squad, has tested positive for Covid-19 and will now self-isolate for 10 days.

A statement added: "All other members of the testing group, which is tested weekly and includes all players and football staff, returned negative tests."

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank:

"Ivan (Toney) is about much more than goals. His link-up play and persistence are excellent and he will improve massively throughout this season.

"He scored two top goals and was frustrated about coming off, but it was an impact injury and I was thinking of taking him off anyway.

"We were good for 75 minutes and really good in spells. We started the game fast and dominated, but in the last 15 or 20 minutes we needed to do better."

Coventry manager Mark Robins:

"We were unlucky because the first goal was offside. They got the rub of the green, but the second was really poor and that took the game away from us.

"We are capable of causing teams problems - even a top side like Brentford - but that is the level of belief we need to get to.

"The level we've come into is a huge step up so I just want us to show our real face. The last third of the game was more us."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3Henry
  • 9MarcondesSubstituted forJaneltat 70'minutes
  • 8JensenBooked at 43mins
  • 14DasilvaSubstituted forGhoddosat 79'minutes
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 17ToneySubstituted forForssat 64'minutes
  • 7Canós

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 15Forss
  • 20Ghoddos
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 27Janelt
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Bech Sørensen

Coventry

  • 1Marosi
  • 16PaskSubstituted forMcCallumat 61'minutes
  • 4Rose
  • 5McFadzean
  • 15Hyam
  • 18Giles
  • 8Allen
  • 14SheafBooked at 81mins
  • 11O'Hare
  • 20BakayokoSubstituted forShipleyat 60'minutes
  • 24Godden

Substitutes

  • 2Østigard
  • 6Kelly
  • 9Biamou
  • 13Wilson
  • 21McCallum
  • 26Shipley
  • 33Kastaneer
Referee:
Andy Woolmer

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Coventry City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Coventry City 0.

  3. Post update

    Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rose (Coventry City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Shipley with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Vitaly Janelt (Brentford).

  7. Post update

    Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Sheaf (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Sheaf (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sam McCallum.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Henrik Dalsgaard.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Sam McCallum.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Canós (Brentford).

  13. Post update

    Sam McCallum (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Godden (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Giles with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Allen (Coventry City).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Saman Ghoddos (Brentford).

  18. Post update

    Ben Sheaf (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Booking

    Ben Sheaf (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Vitaly Janelt (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.