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Brentford 1-0 Everton: Rafael Benitez 'understands fan frustration' as Ivan Toney's penalty ends Bees' winless run

By Harry PooleBBC Sport
Ivan Toney
Since the start of last season Brentford's Ivan Toney has scored all 11 of his penalties in league games - more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football

Everton manager Rafael Benitez says he understands the frustrations of supporters but believes his side can rediscover their early season form after defeat at Brentford left them winless in seven games.

Ivan Toney coolly slotted in a 24th-minute penalty, awarded after Andros Townsend's high challenge on Frank Onyeka was reviewed by referee Darren England on the pitch-side monitor, as Brentford ended their own five-match wait for a Premier League win.

"We can understand the frustration of the fans but we are also frustrated," Benitez said.

"Today you cannot complain about the effort and intensity the players put in. We didn't deserve to lose but the reality is the team is giving everything on the pitch and you can see the togetherness of the players," he added.

"It is a question of confidence, missing players - but you could see what we were capable of doing at the beginning of the season. When we have everyone available, I am confident we will do it again."

Toney's spot-kick ignited a largely uneventful start to a meeting between the two clubs rooted to the bottom of the Premier League's form table.

Salomon Rondon was denied an immediate equaliser by Bees goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez at close range and Abdoulaye Doucoure produced a superb tackle to thwart Vitaly Janelt at the other end moments later.

Everton dominated following half-time but Rondon - replacing the suspended Richarlison in attack - saw an attempt blocked and Iwobi shot straight at Fernandez as the visitors chased an equaliser to no avail.

Brentford climbed to 12th in the table after surviving intense late pressure at the Brentford Community Stadium, above Benitez's side who slip to 14th.

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Both sides had managed to claim only a single point from their past five league matches - two fewer than any other side in the division.

Winless in their last 35 away league games when trailing at the break, a stuttering Everton side were unable to launch a second-half comeback and consequently find themselves on their longest winless run since April 2016.

Their dip in form has been stark. Benitez's men were fifth in the table after taking 13 points from their opening six fixtures, however they have earned just two more since then.

Doucoure's intervention to halt Janelt's progress gave his side hope for the second half, but in the continued absence of star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin they were unable to make their superiority count after the interval.

They registered 14 shots and more than twice as many touches in their opponent's box than Brentford, but Iwobi's tame effort wasted the visitors' best chance.

The defeat - their fifth in six league games - will further increase the pressure on former Liverpool manager Benitez ahead of a meeting with their bitter Merseyside rivals on Wednesday.

Brentford 1-0 Everton: Thomas Frank hails 'very important' clean sheet

The table paints a far rosier picture for Brentford following this result. Having put an end to a four-game losing run with a draw at Newcastle last time out, the promoted side sit seven points clear of the relegation places heading into December.

It is the Bees home form in particular which will have concerned manager Thomas Frank before kick-off, with just four points to show from six games since promotion.

Yet, despite failing to win in front of their own supporters since beating Arsenal on the opening day, Toney oozed confidence as he stepped up for his penalty - the 25-year-old taking two steps and maintaining eye contact with Pickford as he rolled the ball into the bottom left corner.

It proved to be Toney's only touch in the Everton box all afternoon, but it was enough to put the game beyond a toothless opposition.

"We hadn't won in five. We deserved more in those games and everyone knows it but to get the win you need to defend well and we got back to top-level defending today," Frank said.

He added: "Finally we got the home win we have been searching for and fighting very hard to get. It was a fantastic atmosphere and especially at the end, so for many reasons it was a vital win."

Player of the match

WissaYoane Wissa

with an average of 6.95

Brentford

  1. Squad number11Player nameWissa
    Average rating

    6.95

  2. Squad number17Player nameToney
    Average rating

    6.57

  3. Squad number30Player nameRoerslev
    Average rating

    6.35

  4. Squad number26Player nameBaptiste
    Average rating

    6.22

  5. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard
    Average rating

    6.22

  6. Squad number3Player nameHenry
    Average rating

    6.10

  7. Squad number15Player nameOnyeka
    Average rating

    6.09

  8. Squad number27Player nameJanelt
    Average rating

    6.01

  9. Squad number7Player nameCanós
    Average rating

    5.93

  10. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo
    Average rating

    5.89

  11. Squad number40Player nameFernández
    Average rating

    5.80

  12. Squad number5Player namePinnock
    Average rating

    5.64

  13. Squad number4Player nameGoode
    Average rating

    5.53

  14. Squad number18Player nameJansson
    Average rating

    2.94

Everton

  1. Squad number11Player nameGray
    Average rating

    5.35

  2. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    5.27

  3. Squad number14Player nameTownsend
    Average rating

    4.90

  4. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    4.89

  5. Squad number24Player nameGordon
    Average rating

    4.88

  6. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    4.84

  7. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey
    Average rating

    4.77

  8. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    4.69

  9. Squad number12Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    4.66

  10. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    4.59

  11. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    3.84

  12. Squad number33Player nameRondón
    Average rating

    3.56

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 40Fernández
  • 4Goode
  • 18JanssonBooked at 66mins
  • 5Pinnock
  • 7CanósBooked at 51minsSubstituted forWissaat 87'minutes
  • 15OnyekaBooked at 43mins
  • 6NørgaardSubstituted forBaptisteat 70'minutes
  • 27Janelt
  • 3HenrySubstituted forRoerslevat 77'minutes
  • 17Toney
  • 19MbeumoBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 8Jensen
  • 9Forss
  • 11Wissa
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 26Baptiste
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 30Roerslev
  • 41Cox

Everton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 22GodfreyBooked at 80mins
  • 5Keane
  • 12Digne
  • 14TownsendBooked at 38minsSubstituted forGrayat 70'minutes
  • 16Doucouré
  • 6Allan
  • 24Gordon
  • 17Iwobi
  • 33RondónBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 8Delph
  • 11Gray
  • 15Begovic
  • 20Tosun
  • 25Gbamin
  • 32Branthwaite
  • 50Simms
  • 61Dobbin
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
16,957

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Everton 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yoane Wissa (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shandon Baptiste.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Booking

    Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Vitaly Janelt (Brentford).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Iwobi (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lucas Digne (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ethan Pinnock.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Yoane Wissa replaces Sergi Canós because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (Everton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Séamus Coleman with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Dangerous play by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).

  16. Post update

    Frank Onyeka (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Booking

    Ben Godfrey (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ben Godfrey (Everton).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Offside, Everton. Jordan Pickford tries a through ball, but Anthony Gordon is caught offside.

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