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Everton 2-3 Brentford: Nine-man Toffees miss chance to secure Premier League survival

By Matthew HowarthBBC Sport
Rico Henry, Brentford, Everton
Rico Henry's second-half header deepened Everton's relegation fears and earned Brentford their seventh victory in ten league games

Everton manager Frank Lampard says his side have been "on the wrong end of a lot of bad decisions this season" after the nine-man Toffees were beaten by Brentford at Goodison Park.

Leeds' draw at home to Brighton earlier on Sunday meant victory for Lampard's team would have secured their top-flight status with two games to spare, but the narrow loss leaves them just two points clear of 18th-placed Burnley and one above Jesse Marsch's side, who have played a game more.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin got the faintest of touches to Richarlison's flick to give the hosts an early lead, but the dismissal of teenage defender Jarrad Branthwaite - which came moments after Richarlison's appeals for a penalty for a foul by Kristoffer Ajer were turned down - swung the momentum back in the visitors' favour.

"When you see that shirt pull [on Richarlison], that's a foul anywhere on the pitch," said Lampard, who is facing an FA hearing over comments made in the aftermath of last month's 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield.

"This 'clear and obvious' phrase, I don't know if it still counts but I think it's a nonsense. The decision is either right or wrong.

"Is a shirt pull a foul? Yes. Is it in the box? Yes. It's a penalty."

A Richarlison spot-kick in first-half stoppage time restored Everton's advantage after Seamus Coleman's own goal had levelled for the Bees, but Brentford dominated the second half and deservedly turned the game on its head through headers from Yoane Wissa and Rico Henry.

The Toffees contacted the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) after the Liverpool defeat to query why referee Stuart Attwell did not penalise a challenge on Anthony Gordon.

"It's hard," Lampard continued. "I have to represent the club, represent the fans that come here, and those small margins can affect our position.

"I do believe that penalty for the shirt pull means maybe 2-0 and 11 men, and I think we all know how that game goes."

The Toffees' woes were compounded late on when substitute Salomon Rondon was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Henry, but Lampard's side will be safe if they beat Crystal Palace at home on Thursday evening.

Everton miss chance to secure safety

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An impressive haul of seven points from three games had lifted Everton clear of the bottom three before Sunday's crucial game, and Leeds' failure to overcome Brighton at Elland Road meant survival was within tantalising distance for Lampard and his players - who were greeted off the team bus by thousands of Toffees fans prior to kick-off.

Both sides had opportunities to open the scoring in a blistering start to the match, the first of which was spurned by Richarlison after Brentford goalkeeper David Raya had clawed Gordon's clever flick into the forward's path.

Ivan Toney and Richarlison traded further chances, before Calvert-Lewin - making his first start since 9 April - got the slightest of touches to Gordon's driven free-kick to break the deadlock and ramp up the noise inside an already frantic Goodison Park.

The mood changed dramatically, however, when Branthwaite was adjudged to have brought down Toney as last man.

The red card shifted the momentum inside Goodison Park as Christian Eriksen curled a free-kick narrowly wide of the far post, before Wissa's whipped delivery was diverted into his own net by Coleman.

There was still time for another twist before the interval as Mads Bech Sorensen was adjudged to have tugged back Richarlison inside the Brentford penalty area, allowing the Brazilian to slam home the resulting spot-kick for his 10th goal of the campaign in all competitions.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank switched to a back three at half-time in a bid to press home his side's numerical advantage, and the bold move paid off as the visitors struck twice in the space of three second-half minutes.

There was little Jordan Pickford could do about Wissa's looping header or Henry's well-placed effort moments later, which handed Brentford a first league double in this fixture since 1936.

There seemed little chance of Everton clawing their way back into the game at this stage, but any hopes the Toffees had of salvaging an unlikely point were well and truly extinguished by Rondon, whose reckless challenge on Henry earned him a straight red card from referee Michael Oliver.

The victory lifts Brentford up to 11th - two points behind Leicester and Brighton in ninth and 10th respectively.

Everton 2-3 Brentford: We kept our coolness - Brentford boss Frank on Bees win

Player of the match

EriksenChristian Eriksen

with an average of 8.64

Everton

  1. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    4.88

  2. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    4.50

  3. Squad number24Player nameGordon
    Average rating

    4.41

  4. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    4.34

  5. Squad number19Player nameMykolenko
    Average rating

    4.30

  6. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin
    Average rating

    4.30

  7. Squad number4Player nameHolgate
    Average rating

    4.15

  8. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    4.15

  9. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    3.96

  10. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes
    Average rating

    3.81

  11. Squad number2Player nameKenny
    Average rating

    3.37

  12. Squad number11Player nameGray
    Average rating

    3.32

  13. Squad number32Player nameBranthwaite
    Average rating

    3.31

  14. Squad number33Player nameRondón
    Average rating

    2.54

Brentford

  1. Squad number21Player nameEriksen
    Average rating

    8.64

  2. Squad number11Player nameWissa
    Average rating

    8.16

  3. Squad number3Player nameHenry
    Average rating

    7.98

  4. Squad number17Player nameToney
    Average rating

    7.75

  5. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard
    Average rating

    7.64

  6. Squad number30Player nameRoerslev
    Average rating

    7.57

  7. Squad number10Player nameDasilva
    Average rating

    7.56

  8. Squad number27Player nameJanelt
    Average rating

    7.54

  9. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo
    Average rating

    7.53

  10. Squad number1Player nameRaya
    Average rating

    7.50

  11. Squad number18Player nameJansson
    Average rating

    7.46

  12. Squad number8Player nameJensen
    Average rating

    7.45

  13. Squad number20Player nameAjer
    Average rating

    7.25

  14. Squad number29Player nameBech Sørensen
    Average rating

    6.71

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Pickford
  • 23ColemanSubstituted forRondónat 84'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 32BranthwaiteBooked at 18mins
  • 4Holgate
  • 17Iwobi
  • 16Doucouré
  • 21André GomesSubstituted forKennyat 72'minutes
  • 19Mykolenko
  • 24GordonSubstituted forGrayat 72'minutes
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 7Richarlison

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 6Allan
  • 11Gray
  • 15Begovic
  • 26Davies
  • 33Rondón
  • 36Alli
  • 60Price
  • 64Welch

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Raya
  • 20AjerBooked at 40minsSubstituted forDasilvaat 59'minutes
  • 18Jansson
  • 29Bech SørensenBooked at 10minsSubstituted forJaneltat 45'minutes
  • 3Henry
  • 8Jensen
  • 6NørgaardBooked at 27mins
  • 21Eriksen
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 17Toney
  • 11WissaSubstituted forRoerslevat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Canós
  • 10Dasilva
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 25Peart-Harris
  • 26Baptiste
  • 27Janelt
  • 30Roerslev
  • 36Stevens
  • 49Lössl
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
38,819

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home10
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 2, Brentford 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 2, Brentford 3.

  3. Post update

    Josh Dasilva (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Vitalii Mykolenko (Everton).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Dismissal

    Salomón Rondón (Everton) is shown the red card.

  7. Post update

    Rico Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Salomón Rondón (Everton).

  9. Post update

    Mathias Jensen (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Brentford) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the right.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Salomón Rondón replaces Séamus Coleman.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Nørgaard.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by David Raya.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Demarai Gray with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mads Roerslev (Brentford).

  17. Post update

    Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Mads Roerslev replaces Yoane Wissa.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Dasilva following a fast break.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin tries a through ball, but Richarlison is caught offside.

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