Brentford v Everton Live Commentary, 28/11/2021

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I. Toney (24 pen)
Brentford Community Stadium


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Brentford's first win in six sends them rocketing up the table into twelfth, and seven points above the relegation zone. In the process, they leapfrog 14th-placed Everton, who are now winless in their last seven games. Worrying signs for Rafa Benitez, and their performance today won't fill their fans with much hope that they will improve any time soon.
His winner may only have been his only shot of the entire match, but Ivan Toney today showed how important he is to Brentford all over the pitch. Involved in a game-high 23 duels, nine of which came in the air, the Bees striker also chipped in with four clearances, and won three fouls. An all-action performance from a striker proving that he is one of the best in the league on his day.
And that's that! Not the most memorable game, but an important one for Brentford who pick up their first win in six matches! It was Ivan Toney's penalty, awarded after a VAR review, that separated the two sides, but Everton didn't create anywhere near enough in the way of chances to truly trouble the home side, who held on for their first victory at the Brentford Community Stadium since August!
90' + 5' Wissa somehow keeps hold of the ball under two challenges from Everton defenders. He cuts the ball back to Mbuemo, who fires a curling effort just over the bar in what will likely be the last action of the match!
90' + 4' Wissa does well to steal the ball off Godfrey on the edge of his own box, and feeds Baptiste. He takes a touch and then shoots, but the eventual shot is tame and easy enough to Pickford to gather.
B. Mbeumo
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Mbeumo takes his time, and then some, to take a Brentford throw, and is booked for time-wasting by the referee.
90' + 1' Gray attempts to spark Everton's attack with several attempted low crosses into the box. He tries to engineer some shooting space, but the ball is hoofed clear once more by Brentford!
90' We'll play five minutes of injury time at the end of this second half. Don't go anywhere!
89' Everton try another aerial attack, as Digne crosses into the box. Iwobi meets it, but his header is high and looping without much power, allowing Fernandez to claim it with ease.
Y. Wissa
Sergi Canós
87' The booked Canós comes off for Brentford, and the home crowd welcome back the previously injured Yoane Wissa.
86' It's been difficult for Everton to maintain any sort of consistent link-up with their lone frontman, Rondon. They're being matched man-for-man in midfield, and whenever Rondon gets the ball, he's facing three centre-backs as well as Fernandez in goal!
84' WIDE!!! And just like that, Rondon bursts into life. It's a deep cross from the right by Coleman that lands right on the head of the Venezuelan, but his powerful header is just the wrong side of the right-hand post and another chance goes begging!
83' If Everton are to find a goal from somewhere, it'll more than likely be via their centre-forward Rondon. He's had four shots, two of which have been on target, as well as one key pass. He's yet to win any of his six aerial duels though, suggesting that it might be wiser for Everton to keep those final third balls lower to the ground.
B. Godfrey
Yellow Card
81' Godfrey's all over Toney as he waits for a goal-kick from Fernandez to reach him, and is rather harshly booked by the referee.
79' Digne latches onto a great throughball from Allan, but he's crowded out by Goode who wins possession. The Everton left-back isn't happy, and needlessly fouls the Brentford defender on his own goal-line for a free-kick.
M. Rasmussen
R. Henry
77' Henry has picked up a knock, and he's replaced by Mads Roerslev Rasmussen.
76' Everton have a spell deep in Brentford's half, and the ball falls to Gray on the edge of the box. The substitute creates shooting space for himself and lets fly, but a deflection off Jansson just takes the sting out the shot, and straight into Fernndez's arms despite the pressure of Rondon.
74' It had been a lively performance in midfield from the withdrawn Norgaard. The Dane had performed two clearances and blocks respectively, as well as winning possession back for his side 13 times. Thomas Frank will hope that his highly-rated replacement Baptiste can live up to Norgaard's performance in ther last 15 minutes.
72' The game has slowed down a notch in this second half, and is nowhere near as end-to-end as periods of the first half were. However, the introduction of some fresh faces from the bench could liven this fixture back up, and Everton need to do that quickly if they're to salvage something from this match.
D. Gray
A. Townsend
70' Townsend comes off in Everton's first change, replaced by Demarai Gray.
S. Baptiste
C. Nørgaard
70' Thomas Frank makes Brentford's first chance, as Nørgaard is replaced by Shandon Baptiste.
68' Allan drives forward looking for running options, and when he finds none, chooses to try and get into the box himself. He nearly succeeds in tapping the ball past the defenders, but Fernandez races out of goal to gather the ball and quench the attack.
S. Rondón
Yellow Card
66' Rondón is also booked for his part in the argument.
P. Jansson
Yellow Card
66' A large argument between the two sides breaks out after that Canos foul, and Brentford captain Jansson is booked.
65' Everton carry on looking to Digne to provide that magic ball from the left, but every cross either doesn't find a man or is headed away by one in red nd white! Digne's subsequently fould by Canos, who is lucky to avoid a second yellow.
63' Norgaard shoves Gordon over to win the ball and Brentford fly forward after no whistle blows. Norgaard feeds Mbuemo, who is then fouled by Allan and this time the referee does give a foul!
61' Townsend advances into the box and squares the ball to Iwobi, but it's just behind him and he loses the ball under pressure from Pinnock! It's the final ball letting Everton down at the moment, and they need to be more precise to get past this energetic Brentford defence!
60' SAVED!!! Coleman's cross sees Doucoure fluff a shot strsight into the air. The chance looks to have gone, but Iwobi brings it down and fires the ball towards the bottom corner, forcing a save from Fernandez!
58' It's been a mixed performance from Townsend so far for Everton. He's completed a game-high three key passes, as well as two good crosses, but has also given away two fouls, including the penalty, and has lost the ball 16 times already.
56' BLOCKED!!! Coleman races forward and powers into the box untouched. He cuts back a great cross which is headed back to Rondon, whose volley is blocked, but by Iwobi, one of his own teammates!!! That shot surely would've tested the goalkeeper, and Everton once more don't make Brentford pay!
55' A Goode throw-in nearly falls to Toney in the box after Mbuemo heads the ball down. Everton clear though, and begin a counter-attack.
53' Digne's down injured, and seems to be unhappy with that earlier foul from Canos.
52' Onyeka attempts to cut inside Keane as he dribbles into the box, but the Everton defender superbly times a tackle to dispossess him without conceding another penalty.
Sergi Canós
Yellow Card
51' Canós is all over Digne as he looks to carry the ball over halfway, and despite his protests, he is booked.
49' Iwobi and Digne advance down the left and a crossing chance looks promising, before the Everton left-back slips over. Jansson's sliced clearance allows Rondon to volley and shoot, but it's nowhere near the goal and the danger passes.
47' Goode launches a throw-in into the Everton box, and the ball falls to Canos who slices a shot that flies just over Pickford's crossbar and nestles on top of the net.
46' We're back underway for half number two, via the boot of Brentford's Toney!
The two sides are back on the pitch, and Everton have it all to do if they're to rescue this game in the second half!
Pinnock's been busy in both attack and defence for Brentford. As well as having a shot on target and completing the most passes of any Brentford player, he's also made a clearance, one interception, and has won a team-high 75% of his duels!
It's half-time, and despite Brentford being 1-0 up, neither side has really offered much in the way of goalscoring chances. Brentford's converted penalty came from a VAR check, and other than that, it's been neck-and-neck! Both sides will want to offer more on the attack in the second half, particularly Everton, who, should the scores stay as they are, will extend their winless run to seven games!
45' + 1' CHANCE!!! Townsend crosses into the box and is looking for the late run of Doucoure. Doucoure does arrive, but it's a fraction too late to connect properly and the ball hits the unsuspecting Rondon! Keane follows up with an effort from long range, but it's wayward to say the least and flies into the crowd!
45' + 1' We're into the first of two additional minutes at the end of the first half.
45' Pinnock crosses into the area, and Pickford and Toney both rise to meet the ball at the back post. Pickford can't gather and punches the ball clear, but it still goes out for a Brentford corner.
F. Onyeka
Yellow Card
43' Gordon attempts to drive forward into the box before hes pushed to the floor by Onyeka, who is booked.
42' SAVED!!!! Brentford break and Toney's ball from the right is flicked on by Janelt's volley. It comes to the unmarked Mbuemo, who has plenty of time to set himself but snatches at the shot and it's an easy save for Pickford down low to his left!
40' After a poor clearance from Fernandez, Everton have a spell of possession around the Brentford box but the tireless covering of the home defenders makes it impossible for Iwobi, Gordon and Digne respectively to get a decent cross into the area. Play eventually breaks down as Godfrey tries to prevent Norgaard from clearing and catching the Bees midfielder late.
A. Townsend
Yellow Card
38' Toney brilliantly sends Onyeka forward with a backheel that takes out two Everton players. One of them is Townsend, who races back to tackle Onyeka from behind, which he receives the game's first yellow card for.
36' The Digne free-kick is whipped in and looks dangerous, but Fernandez risest highest to catch the ball well, and then immediately send the home side away on the counter.
34' Onyeka hacks down Allan as he advances up the left side of the field, and Everton have a wide free-kick, in perfect range for their left-footed specialist Digne.
32' Brentford are yet to win at home since they did so on the opening day of the season - a 2-0 victory against Arsenal. Just 31% of their 13 points have come at home, the lowest in the division.
30' Fernandez does very well to get clear of the pressuring Rondon on his own goal line, rounding the Venezuela striker before clearing downfield.
28' SAVED!!! The ball's bouncing all over the place after that challenge from Keane, and a Goode flick to Pinnock sees his header save by Pickford! It's been like watching pinball since the first goal!
27' Janelt drives forward this time and gets into the box far too easily. He's about to pull the trigger, before Keane gets back to slide tackle the ball away and Everton clear their lines!
26' Onyeka and Toney link up and the former crosses from the byline. Mbuemo is waiting at the back post but there's Pickford to race out and gather the ball at his feet!
25' WHAT A SAVE!!!! Everton come straight back at Brentford, and the ball comes to Rondon in the box. He turns out of Goode's path and fires low towards goal, but it's saved by the legs of Fernandez!!! What a reply that woudl've been!
Penalty Goal
24' GOAL!!!!!! What a penalty!!! Toney takes his time as he steps up, caressing the ball into the bottom-left corner, and Pickford didn't even move! 1-0 to the home side and the home crowd is loving it!
23' PENALTY GIVEN!!! The referee sees the high boot of Townsend hit Onyeka, who is only just getting to his feet, and gives the penalty!!! It'll be Toney to step up from 12 yards...
22' We're off to VAR!!! An attempted clearance during that crazy corner sequence sees Townsend hit the jaw of Onyeka with his boot. The Bees midfielder is still down, and the referee is going over for another look...
20' CLEARED!!! It's chaos in the Everton box from the corner! Canos' original ball almost flies all the way in, and Pickford has to get back over his line to punch clear! It's not far though and the home side head the ball back towards goal, with Jansson having two stabs at a shot before Pickford gathers and clears!!!
19' Henry looks to cross from the left as he spots Toney darting towards the front post, but Godfrey cuts out the cross at the cost of a corner to the home side.
17' Townsend tries to capitalise on a poor clearing header from Jansson, but Henry's there to force him wide and clear the ball out for an Everton throw.
15' Canos looks to cut inside Gordon, but he's pulled down by the Everton winger and the home side receive a free-kick in a dangerous wide position.
14' Pinnock drives forward through the midfield and has Onyeka bursting forward through the middle. He takes too long to pick his pass though, and the eventual diagonal ball wide to Canos is cut out by Digne.
12' Everton have won five of their last six Premier League games in London, as many as they had in their previous 32 visits to the capital. Rafa Benitez knows that they could really do with extending that record in this game as they look to turn their season around.
10' After a cross from the right goes over everyone's heads, Gordon ends up with the ball on the left for Everton. He looks to drive towards the byline, but Onyeka tackles the ball away and behind for Everton's first corner.
10' Mbuemo flicks the ball over the head of Digne as he races forward on the break, but his breakneck speed isn't enough to get past Coleman and the Everton captain cleans up at the back for his side.
8' Brentford have lost three of their last four league meetings with Everton, winning only one. However, this is their first game against the Toffees since a 6-1 away loss in the second tier way back in February 1954.
6' Iwobi looks to sprint into the box on the break for Everton, but Goode arrives from nowhere to make a great sliding cover tackle, and the ball skids out for a throw-in.
5' Janelt whips in a cross from the right, and with bodies everywhere in the box, Pickford comes out to claim it. He's impeded by the crowd in the six-yard box though, and his feeble punch goes behind for a Brentford corner.
4' This is the first meeting between Brentford and Everton in any competition since September 2010, in a League Cup match. Following a 1-1 draw at Griffin Park, the Bees progressed 4-3 on penalties.
2' Godfrey absolutely flies into Janelt on halfway with a reckless-looking challenge. He gets the ball well before the man though, and referee Darren England waves play-on.
1' Rondon kicks off for Everton, and we are underway!
The teams are on their way out at the Brentford Community Stadium, and kick-off isn't too far away!
With talisman Dominic Calvert-Lewin still out injured, and Brazil forward Richarlison missing through suspension, Salomon Rondon leads the line for Everton, with manager Rafa Benitez looking for a response from his side, after a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in their last match.
Injured number one David Raya remains absent between the sticks for Brentford, and so Alvaro Fernandez starts his fourth Premier League game in a row for the Bees. In more positive injury news though, joint-top goalscorer Yoane Wissa is back on the bench, following a short spell out with an ankle injury.
EVERTON SUBS: Asmir Begovic, Jonjoe Kenny, Fabian Delph, Demarai Gray, Cenk Tosun, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Jarrad Branthwaite, Ellis Simms, Lewis Dobbin.
EVERTON (4-4-1-1): Jordan Pickford; Seamus Coleman, Ben Godfrey, Michael Keane, Lucas Digne; Anthony Gordon, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Alex Iwobi; Andros Townsend; Salomon Rondon.
BRENTFORD SUBS: Matthew Cox, Dominic Thompson, Mathias Jensen, Marcus Forss, Yoane Wissa, Saman Ghoddos, Shandon Baptiste, Mads Bech Sorensen, Mads Roerslev Rasmussen.
BRENTFORD (3-5-2): Alvaro Fernandez; Charlie Goode, Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock; Sergi Canos, Vitaly Janelt, Frank Ogochukwu Onyeka, Christian Norgaard, Rico Henry; Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney.
12th-placed Everton are on a dismal run of their own though, having not won in six themselves, although Rafa Benitez’s men could climb to eighth in the table with an away victory in this match.
It’s a mid-table Premier League clash that awaits us, as 15th-placed Brentford look to end a run of five matches without a win against visitors Everton. The Bees could rise to as high as tenth with a victory at Brentford Community Stadium.
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