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Nottingham Forest v Brentford Live Commentary, 05/11/2022

FT
2 - 2
NFO
BRE
M. Gibbs-White (20)
M. Jørgensen (90+6 og)
B. Mbeumo (45+3 pen)
Y. Wissa (75)
The City Ground

Commentary

That's all for today. Goodbye.
Next up, Forest host Tottenham in the EFL Cup, with Brentford at home against Gillingham.
A late own goal from Jorgensen rescued a point for Forest who took the lead in the first half before going behind. Gibbs-White opened the scoring, controlling a chested pass from Denis before dribbling past several Brentford defenders and curling a deflected shot past Raya. Cooper’s side were dominant in the first half but were denied the lead going into the break. After a VAR check, Henderson was penalised for tripping Wissa inside the box, with Mbeumo despatching the penalty due to the absence of Toney. After winning the spot-kick, Wissa looked to have completed the turnaround in the second half. Running onto a launched pass from Jensen, the striker got behind the defence before chipping it over the goalkeeper who was stranded. Struggling in the attack, Forest left it late to find a leveller. Scorer of the first, Gibbs-White’s low strike from close range was cleared against Jorgensen by Mee, with the ball looping past the defender and over the line despite the best efforts of the former Burnley man.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2-2 BRENTFORD
M. Jørgensen
Own Goal
Brentford
90' + 6' GOAAALLLLL! FOREST ARE LEVEL! 2-2! Late heartbreak for Brentford but jubilation for Forest. Gibbs-White’s low drive is cleared off the line by Mee. However, it deflects off of Jorgensen, looping over the former Burnley man and into the net. The defender clears it away for a second time, but the referee Andre Marriner indicates that the ball has crossed the line.
90' + 4' Ghoddos drives the ball wide from close range but he was in an offside position after receiving the ball from Damsgaard.
90' + 2' CHANCE! Big opportunity for Forest. Williams swings it in again, Awoniyi gets onto it, losing his man, but directs the ball over from close range. Raya shouts at his defence after the striker is given a free run at the ball.
90' + 1' Williams curls a cross in towards Yates that is cleared away by Pinnock. The Forest captain is the obvious target.
S. Surridge
S. Cook
Nottingham Forest
90' Another attacker is on the pitch for Forest. Surridge replaces Cook.
89' Gibbs-White takes a corner for Forest. Yates goes for it before it is cleared to O'Brien who crashes it over.
88' Forest have another chance. Aurier looks for Gibbs-White in the box but his stretching header goes wide.
S. Ghoddos
M. Jensen
Brentford
86' Jensen walks slowly off the pitch. He is replaced by Ghoddos.
85' High crosses have been a theme of this game. This time Lingard sends it over everyone from the right.
84' Yates looks for Lingard, but Jensen comes across to intercept the ball. Moving up the pitch, the ball eventually finds Canos on the left, with the former Norwich man cutting in before flashing a shot wide.
82' Roerslev launches a cross from the right out for a throw-in. Henry tries his best to keep it on the pitch but fails to do so.
Sergi Canós
J. Dasilva
Brentford
81' Substitution for Brentford. Dasilva is replaced by Canos.
M. Jørgensen
B. Mbeumo
Brentford
81' Mbeumo, who scored the equalising goal, is replaced. Jorgensen replaces him to solidify the defence.
J. Lingard
R. Freuler
Nottingham Forest
79' Freuler is replaced by Lingard for Forest.
T. Awoniyi
E. Dennis
Nottingham Forest
79' Awoniyi replaces Dennis in the Forest attack.
M. Jensen
Assist
Brentford
76' Jensen's looping ball forward looked hopeful, but he knew where Wissa would be. It bounced beyond the Forest defence, giving the striker something to get on the end of. Wissa finds space again, this time chipping Henderson who moved out of his goal.
Y. Wissa
Goal
Brentford
75' GOAALLLLL! WISSA SCORES! 2-1 BRENTFORD! Brentford have turned the score in their favour. The striker races behind the defence, latching onto a launched ball forward from Jensen. One-on-one with Henderson, the striker chips it over the goalkeeper and into the net. That's his third goal of the season.
74' Gibbs-White is involved again, this time curling the ball around the post with a first-time attempt from outside the box.
72' Johnson lays the ball off to Gibbs-White just outside the box. The former Wolves man shapes to shoot but is challenged by Onyeka. The Forest man struggles to keep it under control with it rolling out for a goal-kick.
72' Gibbs-White curls a deep free-kick towards Cook with the defender heading it just wide of the right post.
B. Mbeumo
Yellow Card
Brentford
70' Mbeumo receives a yellow card for a sliding challenge on Dennis around the halfway line.
69' Freuler finds Johnson down the right outside the box. He then looks to play it across to Gibbs-White in the middle, but it is cleared away.
67' Williams attempts to find a Forest player in the box with a cross, but it is cleared away by Mee who was ready for it.
L. O'Brien
C. Kouyaté
Nottingham Forest
66' Substitution for Forest. O'Brien replaces Kouyate in the midfield.
63' Johnson looks to put a cross in from the right but gets it all wrong. It goes over everyone and out for a goal-kick.
61' Forest attempt to break down the middle of the Brentford half, but the ball gets caught between Kouyate and Dennis with the forward trying to take it away. As a result, they lose possession. It has been 30 minutes since their last shot.
M. Damsgaard
K. Lewis-Potter
Brentford
60' Lewis-Potter is replaced by Damsgaard in the Brentford attack.
58' After a promising first half, Forest are yet to have a shot in the second half. However, it has been far from an attacking masterclass from Brentford either, with the away team having just one shot with a 0.04 xG.
56' Damsgaard is getting his instructions from Frank. He is about to come on.
56' Mbeumo drills the ball wide from outside the box.
55' Dasilva slides the ball down the right to Mbeumo who curls it across the box. Wissa leaves it, with Lewis-Potter failing to anticipate it.
53' Brentford have committed nine fouls in this match, higher than their season average of 8.5 in the English Premier League
51' Jensen's whipped cross is cleared away by Cook who dives low to get it away.
50' Confusion in the Brentford box. Gibbs-White chips it over to McKenna who looks to launch himself towards it before changing his mind. He thought that Cook was behind him but his centre-back partner was not with the ball going out for a goal-kick.
49' Dennis is tripped by Onyeka outside the box. Forest have the ball in a crossing position.
49' Pinnock now attempts to switch the ball to Mbeumo, but the winger is in an offside position.
48' Henry launches the ball forward looking for runners but Henderson comes out to claim it.
46' The second half is underway.
F. Onyeka
V. Janelt
Brentford
46' Substitution for Brentford. Onyeka replaces Janelt who was on a yellow card.
Forest have been the better team in the first half and must not let the late first half heartbreak change their performance levels after the break. Against Bournemouth and Fulham at the City Ground, Cooper's side have dropped points after taking the lead but must keep their composure to ensure they come away with something. Their attacking trio of Johnson, Gibbs-White and Dennis have looked dangerous every time that they have got the ball in Brentford's defensive third. As for the away team, they must look to alter something. They may be level with their opponents, but they have not shown anywhere near the same amount of quality.
Mbeumo scored a late first half penalty to deny a dominant Forest the lead at the break. Much the better team in the opening 45 minutes, Johnson had two shots saved by Raya before the hosts opened the scoring. It was Gibbs-White who broke the deadlock, with the summer signing receiving the ball from Dennis before slaloming past several defenders and curling his attempt into the bottom corner. The away team struggled to find an attacking rhythm without Toney but were given an opportunity to equalise after Henderson tripped Wissa in the box. After a lengthy VAR check, Mbeumo took responsibility for the spot-kick, sliding the ball into the bottom corner with their only shot on target.
45' + 6' HALF-TIME: NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1-1 BRENTFORD
B. Mbeumo
Penalty Goal
Brentford
45' + 3' GOALLLLLL! MBEUMO SCORES! 1-1! With Toney missing, Mbeumo is given the responsibility to score from the spot. The winger rolls the ball into the bottom corner with Henderson diving the other way. They have scored from their last 10 penalties in the Premier League.
D. Henderson
Yellow Card
Nottingham Forest
45' + 1' Henderson receives a yellow card after tripping Wissa in the box with his glove. He now has a penalty to save.
45' PENALTY BRENTFORD! Wissa is tripped in the box by Henderson with the forward looking to go around him. A late equalising opportunity for the away side after a difficult first half.
44' POSSIBLE PENALTY! Mbeumo launches it over to Wissa who is one-on-one with Henderson. He looks to go around the goalkeeper and is tripped by his outstretched glove. There is an ongoing VAR check with the referee now checking the monitor.
42' Lewis-Potter crosses from the left, but he puts too much power on it. The ball goes over the head of everybody with the opportunity wasted.
41' Mee and Wissa play a one-two before the defenders plays it long down the wing looking for Mbeumo. However, the Englishman puts too much power on it and it races away for a throw-in.
39' Gibbs-White looks to flick the ball onto Dennis but the former Watford man is in an offside position and runs past it. Gibbs-White throws his arms up in the air in frustration, possibly thinking that the striker should have moved back onside.
37' Lucky or skilful from Aurier? He slips looking to clear the ball away and is on the floor. With Henry putting him under pressure, he flicks his foot in the air, clearing it away.
R. Yates
Yellow Card
Nottingham Forest
34' A strong challenge from Yates. He slides in late on Jensen and receives a yellow card. Forest and Brentford now have a player in the book.
33' Johnson and Gibbs-White combine again with the latter looking to play it across to Dennis on the left. However, his pass it intercepted.
32' On the right, Johnson feeds the ball across to Gibbs-White who shifts it onto his left foot before curling an attempt straight at Raya. Henry will be thankful, with the left-back giving it straight to Johnson.
V. Janelt
Yellow Card
Brentford
31' The first yellow card of the match goes to Janelt. He moves his arm out to block the ball around halfway.
30' Wissa looks for a fast counter by switching the ball over to Mbeumo who goes racing down the left. Ready for it, Aurier comes over to win possession.
28' Raya moves out of his box to clear the ball out for a throw-in.
26' Mbeumo looks to put the ball across the box from the left, but Cook comes over to block it. It rolls back to Henderson to collect.
24' There has been no immediate reaction from Brentford. They have kept possession of the ball but are yet to put the Forest defence under serious pressure.
22' Brentford kept a clean sheet in two of their first three away Premier League games but have since kept just one in their last 23 on the road, shipping 50 goals. They’ve conceded at least four times in their last two away games; they’ve never conceded four or more goals in three consecutive away league games.
M. Gibbs-White
Goal
Nottingham Forest
20' GOAALLLLLL! GIBBS-WHITE SCORES! 1-0 FOREST! Forest have had more shots than Brentford so far and have found a breakthrough. The forward rolls multiple challenges outside the box before curling the ball into the bottom corner. It took a deflection off of Mee which put it past Raya.
E. Dennis
Assist
Nottingham Forest
20' Dennis chested the ball into the path of Gibbs-White. Nobody was around him, with Brentford's defence standing still thinking that he was offside. That allowed Gibbs-White to race forward before beating a couple of defenders and finding the back of the net.
18' Brentford have had most of the possession, but it is Forest who have gone closer to finding the opener. All four of their attempts in the first 18 minutes have been on target, with Brentford's only shot being off target.
16' Another shot for the home team. This time Williams tries his luck from distance with his powerful drive caught with ease by Raya.
15' SAVE! Moving down the middle of the pitch, Gibbs-White slips the ball down the right to Johnson who is given a shooting opportunity. He is one-on-one with Raya but his attempt from a tight angle is pushed away.
13' PENALTY SHOUT! Breaking forward, Denis races into the box and is tripped by Jensen. The striker wants a penalty, but it is waved away. No penalty.
11' Nottingham Forest have the worst goal difference in the Premier League this season, scoring eight but conceding 28 with a GD of minus 20. Five of the six clubs to have had a goal difference of -20 or worse after 13 games have been relegated, with Southampton in 1998-99 the exception. They have only been challenged with one shot so far.
9' The match is end-to-end at the moment. Mbeumo drags the ball from the right across the box towards Wissa, but his attempt is blocked by Cook.
8' Dennis latches onto Kouyate's cross, but his tame attempt from close range is caught by Raya.
7' Brentford are without prolific forward Toney today due to suspension. He has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games against promoted sides, with all of these coming away from home. He's also scored in both of his league appearances against Forest, with these coming in the 2020-21 Championship campaign.
5' Janelt surges forward and feeds the ball to Mbeumo on the right. He looks to cut inside and shoot but cannot find space to do so.
3' Lewis-Potter is positioned on the left of the Brentford attack. It is Wissa who is leading the line.
3' The first shot of the match comes from Johnson. He receives the ball on the right of the box but drills a shot into the gloves of Raya who makes a simple save to his right.
2' Brentford move into Forest's half of the pitch. Henry overlaps Lewis-Potter and puts a low cross into the box but the ball is cleared away by McKenna.
1' Brentford get this Premier League match underway.
This is the first ever top flight meeting between Forest and Brentford. Forest have won three of their last five against them, though were winless in both games the last time the sides met in the 2020-21 Championship campaign (D1 L1).
As for Brentford, Frank makes two alterations to the team that drew with Wolves. At right-back, Roerslev comes in for Kristoffer Ajer who is not in the squad. The away side are also missing Ivan Toney after the striker collected his fifth yellow card of the season in the previous match. As a result, his spot in the attack is taken by Lewis-Potter.
Forest make three changes to the side that lost to Arsenal last time out. At left-back, Williams replaces Lodi who moves onto the bench. The midfield remains the same, with the other switches coming in the attack. Dennis is preferred ahead of Lingard on the left wing and Johnson leads the line instead of Awoniyi.
BRENTFORD SUBS: Matthew Cox, Zanka, Saman Ghoddos, Tristan Crama, Ryan Trevitt, Frank Ogochukwu Onyeka, Sergi Canos, Yegor Yarmolyuk, Mikkel Damsgaard.
BRENTFORD (4-3-3): David Raya Martin; Mads Roerslev Rasmussen, Ben Mee, Ethan Pinnock, Rico Henry; Mathias Jensen, Vitaly Janelt, Josh Dasilva; Bryan Mbeumo, Keane Lewis-Potter, Yoane Wissa.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST SUBS: Wayne Hennessey, Renan Lodi, Lewis O'Brien, Willy Boly, Jesse Lingard, Orel Mangala, Joe Worrall, Taiwo Awoniyi, Sam Surridge.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (4-3-3): Dean Henderson; Serge Aurier, Steve Cook, Scott McKenna, Neco Williams; Ryan Yates, Remo Freuler, Cheikhou Kouyate; Morgan Gibbs-White, Brennan Johnson, Emmanuel Dennis.
As for Brentford, they drew 1-1 with Wolves last time out and are just one point outside the top half of the table. Despite this, the hosts will take encouragement from their poor away record. Thomas Frank’s team are yet to win on the road this season, drawing four of their seven matches. In their last two games on their travels against Newcastle United and Aston Villa, Brentford conceded nine goals, scoring just one. However, they have won five of their last seven away league games against Forest, with both defeats in this run coming in 2019 (1-2 in February, 0-1 in October).
Beating Liverpool in their previous match at the City Ground, Forest will be looking to make it back-to-back wins at home after being thumped by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Victorious on just two occasions this season, with their only other triumph coming against West Ham, Steve Cooper’s side sit on nine points and are at the bottom of the Premier League table. However, if they can secure a win today, they will move level on points with Southampton who are in 17th but will still be in the relegation zone due to their significantly worse goal difference.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary for the Premier League clash between Nottingham Forest and Brentford.