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Burnley v Brentford Live Commentary, 30/10/2021

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C. Wood (4)
M. Lowton (32)
M. Cornet (36)
S. Ghoddos (79)
Turf Moor


That's all from Turf Moor today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Burnley face a tricky trip to Stamford Bridge next, to meet European champions Chelsea, while Brentford - who have now lost three Premier League games in succession - will expect to get back to winning ways against rock-bottom Norwich City next Saturday.
All the damage was done by Burnley in a rampaging first-half display, as they cut through an ailing Brentford back line on numerous occasions. Though the Bees had no answers to their hosts' ploy of whipping in early crosses from deep, they were also unable to muster much going forward until the introduction of Ghoddos midway through the second period. His goal may live long in the memories of their travelling fans, but Burnley were ultimately good value for their first league victory of the season - at the 10th attempt.
90' With the clock ticking down, Burnley are within touching distance of their fifth straight win over Brentford in all competitions, and their first since beating the Bees home and away in the 2015-16 Championship campaign.
88' A slightly desperate cross from the right wing by Jorgensen sails into Pope's hands, as Brentford's pursuit of a second goal again comes to nothing.
86' Janelt warms Pope's palms with a shot from distance after Brentford strike the defensive wall with a free-kick. It was a comfortable save for the England goalkeeper.
D. McNeil
Yellow Card
83' McNeil is booked by the referee for a foul on Norgaard in midfield.
82' Brentford are starting to ask questions of the Burnley defence, who may now be questioning themselves given a terrible record of hanging on to leads this season.
C. Nørgaard
79' Norgaard stayed cool in the area to position a header into the path of Ghoddos to strike.
S. Ghoddos
79' SPECTACULAR STRIKE! A looping crossfield ball finds the head of Norgaard on the left side of the area, and he cushions a header back into the path of Ghoddos, who launches himself into a spectacular scissor-kick that finds the bottom corner. A truly brilliant goal! Brentford are now 3-1 behind - surely it is too late for a comeback?
M. Rasmussen
Sergi Canós
77' Canos has been up against it today, as Burnley have made in-roads down the flanks, and he is now brought off for Roerslev.
75' CHEEKY EFFORT! McNeil tries an outrageous strike on goal from a free-kick out on the left, which comes close to cacthing Fernandez out at his near post but drops just over the angle of post and crossbar. Impudent stuff from the talented winger!
73' A spectacular left-footed effort by Toney sails well over the bar - to the obvious delight of the Burnley fans.
S. Ghoddos
Yellow Card
72' Following the corner, a rugged sliding challenge by Ghoddos on Taylor sees the Brentford man receive the first booking of a fairly contested match.
70' Another Lowton ball from the right is just steered wide by Jansson at full stretch for a corner.
V. Janelt
M. Jensen
68' Jensen is the second man to be hooked by Frank, as Janelt is brought on for the final 20 minutes or so.
M. Vydra
M. Cornet
68' He may have faded since his explosive contributions to the first half, but Cornet receives warm applause as he is withdrawn for Vydra.
67' Norgaard turns neatly on the edge of the area but strikes his shot just wide as Brentford continue to grow into the game.
65' Brentford have increased their share of the possession from 53 per cent to 64 since the interval, reflecting their more characteristic display in the last 20 minutes.
63' A sharp Henry cut-back is diverted wide by former Brentford man Tarkowski for a corner to the visitors. Forss then bobbles in a shot which is easily blocked, before Pope gathers the ball.
61' Having been able to dribble unchecked into an advantageous position, McNeil curls a left-footed effort just over the crossbar from 20 yards out. That just needed to dip a little more!
59' With few other options available, Taylor earns a corner by clipping the ball off the retreating Ghoddos. From the set-piece, the ball drops to Lowton, who attempts a trademark piledriver - but the full-back fires well wide.
S. Ghoddos
F. Onyeka
58' Onyeka has found himself unable to make an impact on the game in midfield, so Ghoddos comes on as his replacement for Brentford.
57' Lowton does well to clear a dangerous cross into the box, and diverts the ball firmly out of play on the right-hand side.
55' Brentford look to be readying changes already, as an improved performance in the second half has not sufficiently impressed their manager.
53' A first serious scare of the second half for Burnley goes by without conceding, as some shoddy defending is almost punished by the persistence of Toney, and Forss is then denied at close range.
51' Brentford's attempts at building momentum continue to founder in the final third, as the so-far anonymous Forss and Toney struggle to get any service of note.
49' ALMOST FOUR! Wood demonstrates great movement to get to the near post, but glances a header wide from a right-wing cross when he could really have scored!
47' Henry attempts an outswinging cross from the left, but it sails too high and Pope is able to collect the ball without too much trouble.
46' We are back under way at Turf Moor!
Though they have had marginally less possession so far, Burnley have won more than twice as many duels as their visitors today (26 to Brentford's 12) and fired in a total of 10 shots on goal to the Bees' modest two. Brentford are yet to lose away from home in the Premier League this season, but it will take a major reverse in such statistics for them to avoid doing so now.
Few would have predicted such a one-sided affair before kick-off, but Burnley have relished tearing into their hesitant opponents and look like they can almost score at will. With three goals, one disallowed for offside and several other clear chances in the space of a frantic 45 minutes, the Clarets are surely set to end their long winless run today - even if they decelerate after the break. They have pinpointed Brentford's weaknesses and ruthlessly exposed them by targeting the wing-backs and their rookie goalkeeper. Thomas Frank must unleash 'Plan B' or find his side totally swept away by the hungry home side.
45' Hanging on for half-time, Brentford seek to retain possession at the back and simply look content to play out time until the whistle.
43' With confidence coursing through his veins, Wood takes a pot-shot from 25 yards out in a central area, but his left-footed drive rises over the Brentford bar and into the stand.
41' Fernandez fails to get the ball clear from the corner, with an unconvincing punch, and Mee heads the ball wide of the goalkeeper's right-hand post.
40' Brentford are crumbling here! Gudmundsson is denied by a last-ditch challenge from Jansson, as the ball is eventually bundled behind for a corner to Burnley.
38' Often playing in a more advanced role, Cornet has scored four goals in five league games for Burnley this season, having netted just twice in 36 top-flight appearances for Lyon last term.
D. McNeil
36' McNeil clipped a neat pass into the path of Cornet just outside the box, and the ex-Lyon man did the rest!
M. Cornet
36' 3-0 BURNLEY! Cornet stays cool to control McNeil's pass on the edge of the box, chop inside and fire home the third Burnley goal with his weaker right foot. A tremendous finish from the Ivorian, and the hosts are running away with this at Turf Moor!
C. Taylor
32' Taylor whips in a superb cross from deep on the left-hand side, to find Lowton for Burnley's second.
M. Lowton
32' BURNLEY DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Lowton rises between the Brentford defenders to power home a header, following a wonderful whipped cross by Taylor from the left. There was some slack marking, but the right-back did well to make the run and claim Burnley's second goal! 2-0 to the Clarets!
30' As the game opens up even further, Tarkowski's header from close range sails over the crossbar following a Westwood corner.
28' GREAT STOP! Proactively positioned on the edge of the area, Fernandez denies Gudmundsson with a strong save, as the Burnley midfielder breaks clear through on goal but strikes his shot too centrally. That really should have been the hosts' second goal.
26' GOOD SAVE! Pope gets down quickly to firmly palm away a low drive from Toney, following an excellent Canos run down the right. The Brentford striker would have wanted to find a corner, but it was nevertheless a sharp stop.
24' Finally, Brentford have been able to keep the ball for a sustained spell - a moment of calm in the eye of the Burnley storm. However, their attempt to create an equaliser is ended when Pope commandingly intercepts an outswinging cross.
22' Deservedly ahead today, Burnley have already dropped a league high of 12 points from winning positions this season. Indeed, they have opened the scoring in five different Premier League games this term but then failed to win.
20' Burnley are dominant down the right, and have clearly targeted that area throughout. Their plan to whip balls in from that flank to Wood is bearing fruit so far, as Brentford struggle to cope.
18' On the break, Toney nods down a long ball into the box and Onyeka is denied only by a late Tarkowski block. The flag goes up soon after for another offside, but that was Brentford's best move so far.
16' After some deliberation, the VAR rules out Burnley's 'goal' for offside. It was a tight call, but their lead remains 1-0!
14' Another raking ball from deep on the right by Westwood finds Wood in the centre of the area, and his flick-on feeds Cornet to steer the ball into an empty net at the back post. Burnley must wait for the VAR review though!
12' Burnley continue to press forward, as Gudmundsson and Lowton sling a series of crosses into the Brentford box, hoping to test the Bees' debutant in goal.
10' Loud appeals from the Turf Moor crowd greet a tumble in the box by Westwood, after Jorgensen risks laying his hands on the Burnley midfielder. However, the referee is disinterested and play goes on without intervention from the VAR.
8' Once more a close offside call denies Wood - who is terrorising the Brentford back three - as he breaks clear into the area and gets a shot on target.
6' Debutant Fernandez is forced into action for the first time since picking the ball out of the back of his net, saving from the rampant Wood. The offside flag is belatedly raised though.
C. Wood
4' A PERFECT START FOR BURNLEY! Lowton's measured ball from deep finds Wood on the edge of the Brentford area, and as Pinnock fails to get enough contact to get the ball clear, the Kiwi striker thumps the ball past the stranded Fernandez for the opening goal! Burnley lead 1-0!
2' So far the ball has been tossed around quite carelessly by either side, and neither has exerted any control in a game each will fancy their chances of winning.
1' We are under way in Lancashire, with Burnley in their traditional claret and blue, and Brentford wearing an all-yellow strip.
The players out on the pitch at a sunny Turf Moor, and have observed a minute's silence in advance of Remembrance Day.
First choice goalkeeper David Raya has been ruled out for up to five months with a knee injury for Brentford, so Fernandez - signed from Huesca in the summer - starts as the last line of defence today and for the foreseeable future. After Mbeumo was withdrawn with an injury on Wednesday evening, the French striker is only fit enough for the bench, giving a rare opportunity for Forss to impress alongside the visitors' star man Ivan Toney.
Following their EFL Cup exit in midweek, Burnley make six changes to their starting side, with Cornet, Tarkowski and Lowton among those returning to the first XI. Mee made his comeback from COVID-19 infection against Tottenham, and continues at the heart of the Clarets' back four today. Centre-forward Wood will be supported by McNeil and top scorer Cornet up front.
SUBS: Matthew Cox, Mads Roerslev, Charlie Goode, Mads Bidstrup, Tariqe Fosu-Henry, Finley Stevens, Saman Ghoddos, Bryan Mbeumo, Vitaly Janelt.
BRENTFORD (3-5-2): Alvaro Fernandez; Ethan Pinnock, Mathias Jorgensen, Pontus Jansson; Sergi Canos, Mathias Jensen, Frank Onyeka, Christian Norgaard, Rico Henry; Marcus Forss, Ivan Toney.
SUBS: Wayne Hennessey, Ashley Barnes, Jay Rodriguez, Jack Cork, Erik Pieters, Phil Bardsley, Aaron Lennon, Nathan Collins, Matej Vydra.
BURNLEY (4-3-3): Nick Pope; Matthew Lowton, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Charlie Taylor; Johann Gudmundsson, Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood; Dwight McNeil, Chris Wood, Maxwel Cornet.
Though Maxwel Cornet's brace against Southampton last Saturday helped Burnley to only their fourth point of the 2021-22 campaign - and just their second on the road - the Clarets' wait for a win now stands at nine Premier League matches. In fact, Sean Dyche's side are experiencing the longest winless run throughout the entire Football League.
Last week, Brentford came from behind to equalise against Leicester City, but conceded a late goal which secured a 2-1 win for the Foxes. Nonetheless, a midweek victory over Stoke City saw the Bees progress to the EFL Cup quarter-finals, where they will take on European champions Chelsea in December.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League clash between Burnley and Brentford at Turf Moor!