EFL Cup - Quarter-finals
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Brentford 1-0 Newcastle: Josh Dasilva sends Bees into Carabao Cup semi-finals

By Phil McNultyBBC chief football writer at Brentford Community Stadium
Josh Dasilva.
The winner was Josh Dasilva's second Carabao Cup goal this season after also scoring in a 2-0 win at Southampton

Brentford boss Thomas Frank said his players have "created a new chapter" in the club's 131-year history by beating Newcastle to reach a major semi-final for the first time.

The Championship side claimed the fourth Premier League scalp of their Carabao Cup run as they dominated the Magpies, despite Frank making six changes to his starting line-up.

The in-form Bees came into the quarter-final on the back of a 13-match unbeaten run and missed a host of good chances before Josh Dasilva's crisp, left-foot volley secured a spot in the last four.

Dasilva's breakthrough was merited as Brentford created the better chances throughout, with Saman Ghoddos hitting the bar and Sergi Canos heading wide with the goal at his mercy in the first half.

Callum Wilson threatened briefly for Newcastle but all the urgency and progressive football came from the hosts, despite the second tier's top scorer Ivan Toney being left on the bench against his former club.

Danish head coach Frank, 52, said: "It's a big step for the club and shows how far we have progressed. The owner Matthew Benham deserves great credit.

"And also, the way we did it - we fully deserved to win and we could have had more.

"I think they were as strong as they could be. We made changes and we still beat them."

Brentford show class once more

In the surroundings of their new Brentford Community Stadium, Frank and his players demonstrated how well they have rebuilt from the bitter pain of defeat by Fulham in the Championship play-off final and the loss of key players.

Last season's main striker, Ollie Watkins, and attacking creator, Said Benrahma, have left for Aston Villa and West Ham United respectively, but Frank still has a progressive, attractive side.

This game could have been over in the first half had Brentford taken those opportunities, but it was no more than they deserved when Dasilva finally broke the deadlock.

The Bees, who had already seen off Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham during their cup run, are back in the top four in the Championship, three points off the automatic promotion places, and are shaping up once more as serious promotion candidates.

And this was all achieved with a much-changed team. Frank insisted before Tuesday's game that, despite the changes, Brentford had the quality and inspiration to win and no-one can begrudge them a historic victory.

Newcastle embarrassed on grim night

Thomas Frank and Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce (right) made six changes to his side, while Brentford boss Thomas Frank made four

Newcastle's players made for the sanctuary of the dressing room very quickly at the end of a grim night that is sure to bring a storm of criticism down on the head of manager Steve Bruce and his players.

They got the kinder end of the quarter-final draw by avoiding the Premier League big guns, even though this was still a difficult assignment against a very good Championship side.

Newcastle did not even come close to taking advantage.

Yes, the Magpies suffered with a Covid-19 outbreak in their camp recently but there can be no excuses for the lack of drive, ideas and quality served up in west London on Tuesday.

Newcastle laboured throughout and were reduced to the desperate ploy of launching long balls towards substitute Andy Carroll in the closing stages while their opponents still carved out chances for lively substitute Toney with smart passing football.

Bruce has struggled to win over the Toon Army despite some respectable league placings, but this result and performance will go down terribly on Tyneside - a glorious opportunity squandered with a performance devoid of energy and inspiration.

This was a very, very bad night for Bruce and Newcastle.

'We've missed a big opportunity' - what they said

Brentford boss Frank to Sky Sports: "It means a lot to me, the staff and the players because it's a massive step and a massive win.

"We want to be a part of creating a totally new history for Brentford, so that makes me proud. But I'm even more proud of the way we played today.

"One of their strikers up front cost more than our front three, so we knew they could put one in the back of the net at the end of the game - but we saw it through and we won."

Newcastle manager Bruce, also to Sky Sports: "Unfortunately, we haven't done enough, so we have to accept what is coming our way and get ready for what is a huge challenge ahead of us in the Premier League.

"I can't hide my disappointment because we've had a great opportunity to get into a first semi-final in many years. I'm bitterly disappointed and very, very frustrated.

"I stand by what I said when I walked in the door - I picked the team I thought was going be good enough to win the match. Unfortunately, Brentford played very, very well on the night."

Brentford make history - the stats

  • Brentford have reached the semi-final of a major domestic cup competition (FA Cup/League Cup) for the first time, on their fifth attempt.
  • Only Arsenal (13), Norwich City, Southampton and Tottenham (all nine) have suffered more League Cup quarter-final eliminations than Newcastle (eight).
  • Before this season, Brentford had knocked out top-flight opponents in just two of their 22 League Cup ties - but the Bees have beaten twice as many in 2020-21's competition alone.
  • Newcastle boss Bruce has now lost five of his six quarter-finals as a manager, including both in charge of the Magpies, having also been beaten by Manchester City in last season's FA Cup.
  • Since the start of last season, 10 of Dasilva's 14 Brentford goals have come in home matches.

What's next?

Brentford, fourth in the Championship, continue their push for promotion with a trip to Cardiff City on Saturday (15:00 GMT kick-off).

The same day, Newcastle return to Premier League action with a visit to Manchester City (20:00).

Player of the match

Josh DasilvaJosh Dasilva

with an average of 8.49

Brentford

  1. Squad number14Player nameJosh Dasilva
    Average rating

    8.49

  2. Squad number17Player nameToney
    Average rating

    8.02

  3. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard
    Average rating

    7.91

  4. Squad number27Player nameJanelt
    Average rating

    7.83

  5. Squad number5Player namePinnock
    Average rating

    7.83

  6. Squad number29Player nameBech Sørensen
    Average rating

    7.78

  7. Squad number7Player nameCanós
    Average rating

    7.77

  8. Squad number9Player nameEmiliano Marcondes
    Average rating

    7.72

  9. Squad number2Player nameThompson
    Average rating

    7.71

  10. Squad number8Player nameJensen
    Average rating

    7.68

  11. Squad number15Player nameForss
    Average rating

    7.64

  12. Squad number20Player nameGhoddos
    Average rating

    7.64

  13. Squad number28Player nameDaniels
    Average rating

    7.53

  14. Squad number24Player nameFosu-Henry
    Average rating

    7.51

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number26Player nameDarlow
    Average rating

    4.38

  2. Squad number13Player nameWilson
    Average rating

    3.63

  3. Squad number21Player nameFraser
    Average rating

    3.34

  4. Squad number2Player nameClark
    Average rating

    3.30

  5. Squad number14Player nameHayden
    Average rating

    3.30

  6. Squad number12Player nameGayle
    Average rating

    3.15

  7. Squad number22Player nameYedlin
    Average rating

    3.13

  8. Squad number23Player nameMurphy
    Average rating

    2.84

  9. Squad number8Player nameShelvey
    Average rating

    2.76

  10. Squad number15Player nameLewis
    Average rating

    2.75

  11. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón
    Average rating

    2.66

  12. Squad number7Player nameCarroll
    Average rating

    2.65

  13. Squad number9Player nameJoelinton
    Average rating

    2.64

  14. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff
    Average rating

    2.37

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 28Daniels
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 5Pinnock
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 2Thompson
  • 14DasilvaSubstituted forJensenat 81'minutes
  • 27JaneltSubstituted forNørgaardat 60'minutes
  • 9Marcondes
  • 7CanósSubstituted forToneyat 69'minutes
  • 15Forss
  • 20Ghoddos

Substitutes

  • 1Raya
  • 4Goode
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 8Jensen
  • 17Toney
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 36Stevens

Newcastle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 22Yedlin
  • 14Hayden
  • 2Clark
  • 15LewisSubstituted forCarrollat 80'minutes
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 70mins
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 23Murphy
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forGayleat 65'minutes
  • 21FraserSubstituted forJoelintonat 65'minutes
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 7Carroll
  • 9Joelinton
  • 11Ritchie
  • 12Gayle
  • 16Hendrick
  • 17Krafth
  • 29Gillespie
Referee:
Robert Jones

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Newcastle United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United).

  4. Post update

    Ivan Toney (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcus Forss.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Newcastle United. Karl Darlow tries a through ball, but Andy Carroll is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United).

  9. Post update

    Saman Ghoddos (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Andy Carroll (Newcastle United).

  15. Post update

    Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mads Bech Sørensen.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Mathias Jensen replaces Josh Dasilva.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Andy Carroll replaces Jamal Lewis.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saman Ghoddos.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ciaran Clark.

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