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Brentford v Watford Live Commentary, 10/12/2021

FT
2 - 1
BRE
WAT
P. Jansson (84)
B. Mbeumo (90+6 pen)
E. Dennis (24)
Brentford Community Stadium

Commentary

Midweek ties await both sides now of course. Brentford will remain home to host Manchester United, while Watford travel to Burnley. Until then however, thank you for joining us and have a good weekend!
But Thomas Frank's jubilation cannot be contained. He looks on cloud nine, and no wonder. After the frustration of last week's late concession, his side have turned the tables with a last-gasp goal of their own to steal victory. What goes around, comes around.
Claudio Ranieri just looks like he has swigged a whole bottle of lemon juice. It is late heartbreak for the Italian. His side have more than played their part in an even-keeled contest. They absolutely deserved something from it.
It's the great escape for Brentford, as they deliver two late stings in the tail to down Watford in the Premier League! The Hornets looked poised for the win until Pontus Jansson headed home the equaliser with single-digits on the clock - and then Bryan Mbeumo's penalty stole three points from them for the Bees at the death! Full-time, it finishes Brentford 2-1 Watford.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: BRENTFORD 2-1 WATFORD
B. Mbeumo
Penalty Goal
Brentford
90' + 6' GOAL! BRYAN MBEUMO WINS IT FOR BRENTFORD! 2-1! Bachmann has had such a strong night, but the forward dummies him superbly at the set-piece, feinting left before rolling his penalty into the bottom-right corner. The Bees and their supporters erupt.
90' + 4' There is one last twist! Penalty to Brentford! Troost-Ekong lunges for Ghoddos with a clumsy touch in the box and there is no hesitation! The spot-kick is awarded! Mbeumo will take...
90' + 3' There might be one last twist in this match...
O. Tufan
E. Dennis
Watford
90' + 1' Ozan Tufan replaces Emmanuel Dennis in Watford's third change of the game.
F. Onyeka
Yellow Card
Brentford
90' + 1' Onyeka commits the foul now to drag down a Watford move through the middle, and takes the yellow card in the process.
90' There will be five added minutes to this contest.
88' Both sides come together within the Watford box and there's a few issues to resolve for the referee. Ultimately, a corner swings in for Brentford and the visitors get it away from their lines.
86' There is a heavily delayed resumption, as Bachmann receives medical attention down in the six-yard area.
M. Forss
Assist
Brentford
84' There was some suggestion of an offside in the build-up there, but the goal stands. Forss did well to direct it towards the veteran defender for the finish.
P. Jansson
Goal
Brentford
84' GOAL! BRENTFORD HAVE THEIR EQUALISER! 1-1! A Bees corner looks to have been cleared, but Watford can't dig themselves out entirely, and the ball is lofted back in. It takes a glancing header from Forss, draws Bachmann away and allows Pontus Jansson to nod home at the far post!
83' Brentford have themselves a corner. Can the set-piece prove crucial?
C. Goode
Yellow Card
Brentford
81' Goode is flashed the latest yellow card of the match for a rather rocky challenge out wide on the wing.
79' With just over 10 minutes on the clock, the pace - for a confirmation winner or point-saving equaliser - is starting to rise.
F. Onyeka
R. Henry
Brentford
77' Frank Onyeka replaces Rico Henry in Brentford's third change of the game.
K. Sema
J. Hernández
Watford
77' Ken Sema replaces Cucho Hernandez in Watford's second change of the game.
75' Now Watford tear away on a lightning counter - but the finish is soft and straight to Fernandez. That frustrates the Hornets, certainly.
74' Give Daniel Bachmann the freedom of Watford! The keeper shows lightning reflexes to bat away a close-range finish now. He has more than played his part in an enthralling contest.
72' Hernandez readies a direct free-kick, and slaps it too high, into the stands behind. What Watford would give for a second.
P. Jansson
Yellow Card
Brentford
70' Jansson picks up a yellow now too. The referee looks to have finally located his back pocket.
S. Ghoddos
M. Jensen
Brentford
69' Saman Ghoddos replaces Mathias Jensen in Brentford's second change of the game.
M. Forss
Y. Wissa
Brentford
69' Marcus Forss replaces Yoane Wissa in Brentford's first change of the game.
V. Janelt
Yellow Card
Brentford
68' At last, a yellow card! Janelt is the man who sees a booking, for an industrial challenge involving Hernandez.
66' Watford are holding their shape well. Ever since Claudio Ranieri took over, it has arguably been pot-luck dependent on the opponent - but they have risen to a sturdy challenge today.
64' With just over a quarter of this one left on the clock, Brentford still have not found their response on the scoreboard. Having been undone by a late one last week, can they turn the tables and deliver their own this time?
62' Watford are the only team yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season, while the Hornets have conceded more Premier League goals than any other side since Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge (19).
60' Watford hurl some frenetic bodies around their own box, looking to see off a sharp Brentford move. They succeed at the expense of a corner, one cleanly cleared moments later.
João Pedro
T. Cleverley
Watford
58' Joao Pedro replaces Tom Cleverley in Watford's first change of the game.
56' A small bout of shoving intensifies between both sets of players following a casual foul out on the far wing. Some changes may be incoming.
54' Kucka now picks up back-to-back free-kicks at either end of the pitch, without crafting concrete opportunities out of either.
52' Sissoko draws the foul now after carving up a dizzying run around the edge of several Brentford players, who are less than impressed by his skills.
50' Both teams are battling to keep a foothold in midfield so far. It's a close contest, with no clear winners.
48' The wattage has slimmed slightly, perhaps understandably so. Watford have opened back up with a relative caginess.
46' We're back underway for the second half at Brentford Community Stadium. Just who will come up with the goods before the final whistle blows?
Four of the last six Premier League meetings between newly promoted sides have been won by the away team, including both such fixtures so far this season (Watford winning at Norwich and Norwich winning at Brentford) – prior to this, the away side had won just three of the previous 38 such matches in the competition (D10 L25).
Emmanuel Dennis' clean-cut header is the difference after a high-energy first half in the Premier League - but both the Bees and the Hornets have got more stings in their tail. At half-time, it is Brentford 0-1 Watford.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: BRENTFORD 0-1 WATFORD
45' There will be one added minute in this first half.
43' Roerslev becomes the latest player to pick up a free-kick, snapping one off a Sissoko foul.
41' That's not far off the mark from Goode! A Brentford header is steered over the crossbar, and Watford breathe a little easier.
39' This is Watford’s fifth Premier League game played on a Friday, with all of them coming away from home (W2 L2 so far). The Hornets’ biggest away win in the competition came in a Friday match, 5-1 at Cardiff in February 2019.
37' There's a delay for treatment to a Watford player through injury now, but the issue appears to be minor and the game is able to recommence.
35' Dennis looks to add a second after Sissoko slams over a cross, but he can only steer it wide to the right.
34' The chill isn't making itself as pronounced as it often does on games like these. It's a testament to both teams and their dedication to a high-energy contest.
32' Jansson naturally gets himself stuck into a slew of tit-for-tat exchanges, both winning and conceding a free-kick in the space of a few minutes.
30' That goal hasn't silenced the hosts exactly but the crowd has been stung by that concession no less. Still, there is well over an hour to go in this one.
28' Now Mbeumo! A set-piece situation arises for Brentford and this time, they just brush it around the top-right corner. They're continuing to push.
26' Norgaard almost puts the immediate response in for the Bees! His effort from the centre of the box is close, but just flicked wide. On the sidelines, Thomas Frank lets out a theatrical groan.
T. Cleverley
Assist
Watford
24' Pinpoint from Cleverley, that delivery. It's slightly against the run of play, despite the open nature of this match, but Watford will savour that lead.
E. Dennis
Goal
Watford
24' GOAL! EMMANUEL DENNIS PUTS THE HEADER HOME FOR WATFORD! 1-0! The corner is swung in wonderfully by Cleverley, straight to the middle of the box, and there his team-mate beats all to crash home a powerful header. Strong stuff!
23' Off the post from King! Its a woodwork-rattling effort that looks to have got the best of Fernandez. Brentford see it out for a corner.
21' Bachmann again! Mbeumo breaks with the aid of a fine throw-in and cuts his way down the right flank, with a finish that looks destined for the far-top corner - but once more, the goalkeeper hurls himself across with a superlative stop. 
19' Janelt draws the foul off Hernandez and wins a free-kick now. There's been no cards yet but a few challenges have toed the line.
17' Watford will be just the second side that Brentford have faced in each of the top four divisions of English league football, as well as both major domestic cup competitions, after Brighton and Hove Albion.
15' Here go Brentford again, scything down the edges - but then, no! Here come Watford cutting back through the middle! For a lower-table dogfight in the Premier League's run-up to Christmas, this is surprisingly stirring stuff.
13' There's two managers barking instructions out like there's no tomorrow down there. What an open game this has been so far.
11' Brentford push down the left wing now, and thrash a low cross into the six-yard area. Bachmann reads it superbly and comes away with the ball in a clean move.
9' Roerslev trims Dennis as the two jockey for position and the latter comes up with the free-kick inside his own half.
7' Pontus Jansson pops up - and Pontus Jansson sticks his header off-target, looping away to the right of the goal.
5' Back-to-back corners provide no answers for Watford and then both teams execute back-to-back counters to boot. This has been a lively start to proceedings!
3' An early workout for Bachmann! Baptiste thrashes a volley from the edge of the box towards him and the goalkeeper goes full-stretch to tip it over the crossbar.
1' We are underway in this Premier League clash between Brentford and Watford!
The teams have emerged at Brentford Community Stadium and are moments away from kick-off.
This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between Brentford and Watford, with the two sides having already previously met in the second, third and fourth tiers of English football.
Brentford’s 2-0 win against Watford in this fixture in the Championship last season ended a 13-game winless league run for the Bees against the Hornets, that stretched back to 1977 (D5 L8).
Subs: Joao Pedro, Christian Kabasele, Ozan Tufan, Ashley Fletcher, Ken Sema, Imran Louza, Vincent Angelini, Robert Elliot, Danny Rose.
WATFORD (4-3-3): Daniel Bachmann; Kiko Femenia, William Troost-Ekong, Craig Cathcart, Jeremy Ngakia; Moussa Sissoko, Juraj Kucka, Tom Cleverley; Emmanuel Dennis, Joshua King, Cucho Hernandez
Subs: Matthew Cox, Finley Stevens, Saman Ghoddos, Nathan Young-Coombes, Dominic Thompson, Mads Bidstrup, Mads Bech Sorensen, Marcus Forss, Frank Ogochukwu Onyeka.
BRENTFORD (3-5-2): Alvaro Fernandez; Charlie Goode, Pontus Jansson, Vitaly Janelt; Mads Roerslev Rasmussen, Shandon Baptiste, Christian Norgaard, Mathias Jensen, Rico Henry; Bryan Mbeumo, Yoane Wissa.
Claudio Ranieri meanwhile makes a trio of changes himself, from the team beaten by Manchester City. Jeremy Ngakia, Cucho Hernandez and Juraj Kucka all enter the fray.
Thomas Frank makes three swaps to the side who were held at Elland Road then. Mathias Jensen and Yoane Wissa both start, but Sergi Canos is suspended.
They come up against a Hornets side themselves in desperate need of a three-point haul, having lost their last trio of games to leave them very much mired on the edge of a relegation battle. It's going to be a tough task though, and they know it.
The Bees have enjoyed a solid, if ultimately unspectacular, start to life in the top flight despite some big results - and the irritation of a last-gasp draw with Leeds last time out will fuel them to ensure they get the win today.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2021-22 Premier League season, as both Brentford and Watford look to bounce back from frustrations last weekend as they meet at Brentford Community Stadium.