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Brentford 1-0 Luton Town: Saman Ghoddos goal lifts Bees up to third in Championship

Saman Ghoddos scores for Brentford
Saman Ghoddos also scored in Brentford's last game - an FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough

Brentford climbed to third in the Championship as Saman Ghoddos' goal gave them victory over Luton and extended their unbeaten league run to 16 games.

The Iranian headed home Ivan Toney's whipped cross after Luton keeper Simon Sluga had earlier denied Sergi Canos with a magnificent flying save when the forward tried his luck from 25 yards.

The Bees were playing their first league game of 2021 because of a Covid-19 outbreak, but dominated the opening half in which Luke Berry's glancing header, held by David Raya, was Luton's only effort on target.

The second half saw the Hatters willing to commit more men forward, but substitute Jordan Clark fired across the face of goal from an angle as they failed to conjure an equaliser.

However, the end of the game was marred by two red cards as Hatters defender Tom Lockyer and Toney were sent off in added time following an off-the-ball incident.

Brentford's win lifted them above Watford, Reading and Bournemouth and they are just two points behind second-placed Swansea, while the visitors slipped a place to 13th.

Luton arrived at the Brentford Community Stadium having lost their previous seven league games in London, while the home side had boss Thomas Frank back on the sidelines after having to isolate with coronavirus.

Thomas Frank
Brentford boss Thomas Franks hopes his side can go one better after losing in the play-off final last season

The Dane got to see Ghoddos score his first league goal after making his loan move from Amiens permanent earlier in the month to reward Brentford's positive start.

The visitors, though, were roused by Nathan Jones' words at the interval and David Raya saved well from James Collins on the hour, although the striker was flagged for offside.

After Clark's miss, Raya kept out an audacious backheel by Ryan Tunnicliffe before Luton forward Harry Cornick missed his kick from eight yards as James Bree crossed low into the box.

The altercation between Lockyer, who received a straight red card, and Toney, a second yellow, provided a sour note to end the game but another victory means Brentford have not lost in the league since 24 October.

The Bees now host Leicester City in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, while Luton visit Chelsea.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told BBC Radio London:

"We were extremely good in the first 35 minutes as we pressed aggressively and created chances.

"We got too passive in the last 10 minutes of the half and that carried on into the second half. Maybe that is because of the break, but I need to give a lot of credit to Luton.

"They caused us a lot of problems. But sometimes in this league you need to dig deep to get wins."

Luton boss Nathan Jones:

"In the first half, we allowed Brentford to do what Brentford do well. I'm disappointed with that. Second half, I thought we were excellent, got the ball into great areas and had enough chances to have got something from the game.

"There are a lot of positives especially as the last time we came here, we lost 7-0 and earlier in the season they comprehensively beat us (3-0 at home).

"Barring a little bit of quality in the final third, we would have got something from the game and I can't ask any more from them."

(On Tom Lockyer sending off) " I'm disappointed my player got involved with a minute to go after an earlier incident. We will appeal it because he will miss three game and he shouldn't."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 5Pinnock
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 3Henry
  • 20GhoddosSubstituted forZamburekat 83'minutes
  • 27Janelt
  • 8Jensen
  • 19MbeumoBooked at 32minsSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 74'minutes
  • 17ToneyBooked at 90mins
  • 7CanósSubstituted forForssat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Goode
  • 15Forss
  • 21Dervisoglu
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 28Daniels
  • 30Rasmussen
  • 31Zamburek
  • 36Stevens
  • 37Gilbert

Luton

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 12Sluga
  • 26Bree
  • 15LockyerBooked at 90mins
  • 5BradleyBooked at 39mins
  • 3PottsSubstituted forNaismithat 76'minutes
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 7Cornick
  • 8BerrySubstituted forTunnicliffeat 64'minutes
  • 22Dewsbury-HallSubstituted forHyltonat 89'minutes
  • 14MoncurSubstituted forClarkat 64'minutes
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forLuaLuaat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 6Pearson
  • 9Hylton
  • 16Rea
  • 18Clark
  • 24Naismith
  • 25LuaLua
  • 27Nombe
Referee:
Steve Martin

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Luton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Luton Town 0.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Ivan Toney (Brentford).

  4. Dismissal

    Tom Lockyer (Luton Town) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  5. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Toney (Brentford).

  7. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Simon Sluga tries a through ball, but Harry Cornick is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town).

  9. Post update

    Ivan Toney (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by James Bree (Luton Town).

  11. Post update

    Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Toney (Brentford).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Danny Hylton replaces Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mathias Jensen (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Clark (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mathias Jensen with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kal Naismith.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marcus Forss (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jan Zamburek.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich25165435211453
2Swansea24137429131646
3Brentford23128337211644
4Watford24127528171143
5Reading2413473728943
6Bournemouth25119538211742
7Middlesbrough24116730201039
8Stoke2591063026437
9Bristol City24113102526-136
10Preston25112123133-235
11Barnsley25104112732-534
12Blackburn2496939281133
13Luton2596102127-633
14Huddersfield2594122835-731
15Cardiff2485113028229
16Millwall2461172124-329
17QPR246992330-727
18Coventry2468102234-1226
19Birmingham2568111830-1226
20Nottm Forest2567122029-925
21Derby2457121525-1022
22Rotherham2255122332-920
23Sheff Wed2367101523-819
24Wycombe2336141635-1915
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