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Brentford 3-1 Forest Green Rovers: Bees survive scare at League Two leaders

Bryan Mbeumo celebrates scoring for Brentford
Bryan Mbeumo scored for the first time since Brentford won promotion from the Championship

Premier League newcomers Brentford came from a goal down to beat League Two side Forest Green in the Carabao Cup.

Jack Aitchison put the visitors ahead early on with a scrappy goal after a defensive error from the Bees.

But after Josh March hit the post for Rovers, Brentford equalised almost immediately through Yoane Wissa, before Bryan Mbeumo's header put them ahead.

The away side had Ebou Adams sent off with 10 minutes left, and Marcus Forss sealed Brentford's win.

Brentford made nine changes from the side that drew 0-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday, and it showed over the course of the first half as Rovers, who have won all four of their league games this season, took command.

That said, the Bees would have been ahead two minutes before Rovers' opener, but a superb double save from Lewis Thomas kept out Mads Bidstrup and Halil Dervisoglu.

The League Two side - who themselves made six changes - were in the ascendancy for much of the first half, though, as Jake Young saw a header deflected wide and March nodded past the post after a cross from the impressive Nicky Cadden.

Brentford brought on Sergi Canos and Frank Onyeka at half-time and upped their intensity, but Forest Green almost make it 2-0 as Regan Hendry shot wide.

As the half wore on, Brentford began to assert themselves, though they were fortunate not to fall two goals behind before Wissa's equaliser on his first start since his summer move from Lorient.

The goal galvanised Thomas Frank's side, and substitute Mbuemo shot narrowly wide after being through one-on-one and Thomas made an excellent save from Dominic Thompson's volley.

But French forward Mbuemo made no mistake shortly afterwards with a stooping far-post header from Thompson's cross from the left.

Forss wrapped up the victory as he converted Canos' pull-back from the byeline after a twisting run by the Spaniard.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told BBC Radio London:

"I need to praise Forest Green Rovers, Rob Edwards and his staff, I think they did a top job and I think they were the better side in the first half.

"We made nine changes and changed the formation as well, maybe that didn't help, maybe I didn't help the boys as much as I should have done.

"Football games are 90 minutes, so maybe we wanted to do something at the beginning, hoped that it would work better, but sometimes there are different moments in the game that change the momentum of the game.

"We'd like to go as far as possible and then find that balance between how strong a team we put out there depending upon the opponent."

Forest Green Rovers head coach Rob Edwards told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I'm really, really proud of the players, every one of them. They put in an amazing performance, a really brave performance, we showed people what we were about.

"If we're ever going to lose a game, that's how we're going to do it, and we left it all out there.

"The first half performance was top quality. Bravery, quality, work ethic and desire, and potentially we could have had more than one goal.

"We forced them into some changes at half time and obviously the game does change both on their tactical changes and their personnel changes."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 40Fernández
  • 30RoerslevSubstituted forCanósat 45'minutes
  • 29Bech SørensenSubstituted forAjerat 45+6'minutes
  • 5Pinnock
  • 2Thompson
  • 28BidstrupSubstituted forOnyekaat 45'minutes
  • 27Janelt
  • 21DervisogluSubstituted forMbeumoat 68'minutes
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 11Wissa
  • 9Forss

Substitutes

  • 7Canós
  • 13Gunnarsson
  • 15Onyeka
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 20Ajer
  • 25Peart-Harris
  • 36Stevens

Forest Green

Formation 3-5-2

  • 24Thomas
  • 3Bernard
  • 6Cargill
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 17EdwardsSubstituted forMattat 79'minutes
  • 21Hendry
  • 23DialloSubstituted forMarchat 34'minutes
  • 8AdamsBooked at 80mins
  • 11CaddenSubstituted forAllenat 74'minutes
  • 18YoungSubstituted forWilsonat 59'minutes
  • 10Aitchison

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 2Wilson
  • 4Sweeney
  • 12Allen
  • 14Matt
  • 16Evans
  • 28March
Referee:
Will Finnie
Attendance:
12,137

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 3, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Brentford).

  4. Post update

    Josh March (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Frank Onyeka (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Vitaly Janelt.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 3, Forest Green Rovers 1. Marcus Forss (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Ethan Pinnock (Brentford).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

  9. Dismissal

    Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the red card.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Forss (Brentford).

  13. Post update

    Jordan Moore-Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jamille Matt replaces Opi Edwards.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Frank Onyeka (Brentford).

  16. Post update

    Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Taylor Allen (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Yoane Wissa (Brentford).

  19. Post update

    Opi Edwards (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 2, Forest Green Rovers 1. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Dominic Thompson with a cross.

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