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Brentford v Everton Live Commentary, 8/27/22

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V. Janelt (84)
A. Gordon (24)
Gtech Community Stadium

Commentary

That concludes our commentary of the Premier League fixture between Brentford and Everton! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Brentford will look for their next win on Tuesday away against Crystal Palace, while Everton travel to play Leeds on the same day.
An enterprising Brentford were not to be denied despite hitting the woodwork an astonishing three times, coming back from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Everton at the GTech Community Stadium. Gordon’s opener was somehow the only goal of the game for more than an hour despite Frank’s side often catching their opposing defence out of sorts but trickery from set-pieces finally paid off, with Lewis-Potter finding Janelt at the far post with a flick-on to level the match. The result keeps Everton in 17th, while Brentford are ninth.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: BRENTFORD 1-1 EVERTON.
A. Hickey
Yellow Card
Brentford
90' + 5' Hickey’s late scything tackle on Vinagre earns him a yellow card.
A. Gordon
Yellow Card
Everton
90' + 3' Gordon's cynical sliding challenge takes out Baptiste in order to prevent a counter-attack but lands the Everton forward in trouble with the referee, who produces a yellow card.
M. Sørensen
J. Dasilva
Brentford
90' + 2' Sorensen comes on to replace Dasilva deep in injury time.
90' The fourth official indicates five minutes will be added to the end of the 90 for stoppages
88' Everton are averaging exactly one point per game under Lampard in the Premier League (P21 W6 D3 L12), the same average as his predecessor Rafael Benítez managed (P19 W5 D4 L10). Since his first game in February, only Wolves (0.90) have a lower points-per-game ratio among current top-flight sides.
Rúben Vinagre
V. Mykolenko
Everton
86' A swap at wing-back sees Mykolenko replaced by Vinagre.
S. Rondón
D. McNeil
Everton
86' Rondon comes on for McNeil as Lampard looks to retake the lead late.
K. Lewis-Potter
Assist
Brentford
84' One substitute assists another as Lewis-Potter supplies Janelt with the key pass.
V. Janelt
Goal
Brentford
84' BRENTFORD EQUALISE! 1-1! The corner swung in from the right is met by Lewis-Potter, who manages to use his head to flick the ball towards the back post. Standing nearly on the line, Janelt is there to turn it in!
J. Pickford
Yellow Card
Everton
81' Pickford is shown a yellow card for keeping hold of the ball despite the referee’s decision of a Brentford corner-kick.
80' Everton have won just one of their nine away league games against Brentford (D2 L6) – a 4-2 victory in the second tier in September 1952.
T. Davies
A. Onana
Everton
78' A change in midfield for Everton sees Davies come on for Onana.
M. Damsgaard
B. Mbeumo
Brentford
78' Damsgaard is sent on for his first Premier League appearance, replacing Mbeumo with 12 minutes left.
77' Brentford’s appeals for a penalty are denied after Lewis-Potter appears to have put the ball onto the arm of Iwobi. After review though it appears as though the first contact was made with the Everton midfielder’s hip, saving his blushes.
75' Gray whips a corner towards the six-yard box for Tarkowski, who is unable to turn his headed effort towards goal.
73' Henry’s cross is dealt with unconvincingly by Coady, whose diving header presents the ball to Janelt but Dasilva’s eventual header is saved easily by Pickford.
71' Brentford’s initial corner fails to trouble the Everton defence but it’s not cleared for long as the hosts take advantage of the second-phase, forcing Pickford to turn it behind from a position on his line.
V. Janelt
C. Nørgaard
Brentford
69' A switch in midfield sees Norgaard replaced by Janelt.
S. Baptiste
M. Jørgensen
Brentford
68' Baptiste comes on for Zanka with Frank continuing to make alterations.
K. Lewis-Potter
Y. Wissa
Brentford
68' Lewis-Potter is sent on for Wissa in a Brentford change.
M. Keane
M. Holgate
Everton
68' Holgate is unable to continue after picking up a knock on his knee. Keane is his replacement.
66' Pickford steps off his line to catch Jensen’s delivery from the left but he holds onto the ball as Holgate goes down holding his knee. He’ll require a bit of treatment from the medical staff as both sides use the pause as a hydration break.
64' Mbeumo takes a touch to set himself before hitting a dangerous curling effort 20 yards from goal that flashes just wide of the post.
62' Gordon and Iwobi combine to push Dasilva off the ball, which is deemed to be a fair challenge. It brings about a chorus of boos from the home support, who will have to be satisfied with a throw inside Everton’s half.
60' It’s getting a bit heated as Onana goes into a tackle on Dasilva which wins the ball but also does a bit of damage. The referee has more or less kept his cards in his pocket so far, but with tempers rising in the final 30 minutes, the match official will have to keep the two sides contained.
58' Gordon and Mee race towards the touchline to win the loose ball where the centre-back gives a little shove to his opponent - taking them both into the technical areas. The Everton forward goes directly into a Brentford coach, leading to a small scuffle, but it sorts itself out before the referee needs to produce a card.
56' Gray’s corner is hit straight into the gloves of Raya, who confidently steps to the edge of his six-yard box to make the catch.
Y. Wissa
Yellow Card
Brentford
55' Wissa is shown the first yellow card of the match for catching the ankle of Onana.
53' OFF THE BAR AGAIN! How much closer can Brentford get?! Jensen’s long throw-in receives a flick-on by Zanka, which takes the ball into the path of Norgaard. The captain takes a touch to control the ball before swivelling and striking a venomous over-the-shoulder volley that hits the crossbar and Pickford’s glove before the goalkeeper is able to gather!
51' Jensen looks to chip the free-kick into the stride of Toney but Iwobi reads the danger and gets to the ball first to clear.
50' Toney receives the ball with his back to goal 30 yards from Pickford and goes down under Onana’s press, with the referee right on the spot to give the free-kick.
48' A panicked backpass from Holgate puts Pickford under immediate danger, but the goalkeeper manages to make himself big under pressure from Wissa and wins a goal kick for his troubles.
46' Brentford get the match restarted from the kick-off!
Brentford will have to continue to open up and attack, looking most dangerous on the counter-attack and after defensive set-pieces. Damsgaard is a natural choice, with the winger possessing a wicked curling shot. Everton's Frank Lampard will have to decide whether to stick or twist, with Allan and Keane capable of holding a lead and Rondon a threat from corners and free-kicks.
The first half at the Gtech Community Stadium comes to a close with Everton ahead by one goal to nil, thanks to Gordon’s far-post finish after 24 minutes. The hosts started the match the brighter and more adventurous of the two sides, with Wissa and Mbeumo linking up and cutting inside as much as possible. The Bees looked to have taken the lead six minutes before conceding but Jensen’s strike could only hit the base of the post. Frank’s side would then hit the post again 16 minutes later, with Toney’s header beating the goalkeeper but not finding the net.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: BRENTFORD 0-1 EVERTON.
44' The fourth official indicates two minutes will be added to the end of the half for stoppages.
42' With just under five minutes to go in the half, Brentford will be rueing their missed opportunities, with the Bees registering a total of nine shots - two of which hit the woodwork. Their attacking play has been very good but they’ve just lacked the final clinical finishing exhibited by Gordon earlier.
40' Jensen and Mbeumo again work a short corner but again the set-piece fails to produce a chance as the winger’s cross to the far post is shielded behind by Onana.
38' Jensen looks to continue troubling Everton from set-pieces, with the midfielder launching a long throw-in towards the penalty area. After an initial clearance a cross is swung in to the back post but Wissa’s tame shot is covered easily by Pickford.
36' Jensen floats a cross to the edge of Everton’s penalty area from a free-kick 35 yards from goal but Tarkowski wins the header and puts it out for a throw-in.
34' OFF THE POST AND BLAZED OVER! HOW HAVE BRENTFORD NOT SCORED? Henry gets free of Patterson on the left wing and teases a cross into an unmarked Toney on the penalty spot. The striker rises well and makes a great connection with his header but can only send it crashing off the post. Wissa makes a late run into the box and has a volley at the open goal from five yards out but somehow sends the chance over!
32' McNeil curls in a corner but it’s put too high for Tarkowski at the back post, instead rolling behind for a goal-kick which will - at the very least - prevent a counter-attack.
30' Dasilva is squeezed off the ball by a combination of Tarkowski and Iwobi but Pickford’s pass out from the back fails to find Mykolenko, with the delivery sailing over the head of the wing-back and out for a Brentford throw.
28' A Brentford attack abruptly comes to an end after Toney is called for a foul on Coady, with the striker backing into the defender and sending him to the ground with a whack to the face. It’s been a physical battle so far but this time the forward is a bit too eager.
26' The hosts have often looked the better of the two sides in the opening half hour but it’s the visitors who hit first with clinical finishing. The defence will need to hold from here however, with Everton failing to register a clean sheet in the league thus far.
C. Coady
Assist
Everton
24' Coady registers an assist in his third Premier League start for Everton, with his long pass finding Gordon for the opener!
A. Gordon
Goal
Everton
24' EVERTON TAKE THE LEAD! 1-0! It’s a well-worked goal from the visitors, who strike against the run of play thanks to Coady’s superb ball over the top of the defence. Stepping into the centre-circle, the defender hits a long pass that splits the opposition, allowing Gordon to beat his markers to it. From there it’s a simple finish with the forward dragging a shot into the far corner!
22' Brentford beat Everton 1-0 at home and 3-2 away in the Premier League last season, with the Toffees one of three teams the Bees achieved the league double over (also Watford and West Ham).
20' Mbeumo and Jensen again stand over the corner-kick but it’s the latter who drives it in, looking for Norgaard at the near post. The Brentford captain manages to flick the ball on but an alert Pickford smothers it expertly.
18' OFF THE POST! Brentford again counter-attack after Everton’s corner but they can only strike the base of the woodwork after Wissa’s cross is initially cleared by Holgate. Jensen picks up possession 20 yards from goal and hits a low effort to the far post that beats Pickford but not the frame of the goal!
16' Onana splits the lines with a pass to Patterson but Gray can only win a corner-kick thanks to Mee’s block on the cross.
14' McNeil puts an inswinging corner into the penalty area looking for Mee but it’s cleared immediately by Brentford, who launch a pacey counter-attack after exiting their own 18-yard box which is broken down by a backtracking Patterson.
12' Mbeumo and Wissa link up well in a tight area on the left wing but the latter’s cross into the penalty area is a poor effort that fails to find a team-mate.
10' Iwobi hits a curling effort towards goal from 20 yards but the shot fails to trouble Raya, who makes a clean catch without moving his feet.
9' Gray squares a pass across the 18-yard box for McNeil, who chooses to attempt a throughball for Gordon instead of having a strike, giving the Brentford defence time to reorganise and clear the danger.
7' Pickford sends a long delivery down the left flank for Mykolenko, who finds McNeil with a short pass into the penalty area. The winger looks to play Gray through on goal but a miscommunication in the final-third allows the goalkeeper to claim the loose ball.
5' With little movement ahead of him, Tarkowski opts to hit a flat drive towards McNeil but the centre-back puts too much power on the delivery, giving Raya a goal-kick.
3' Mbeumo works a short-corner routine to Jensen, who immediately finds Hickey on the edge of the penalty area. The full-back sweeps a deep cross towards the back post but a brave Pickford gets through the crowd to punch it away.
1' Everton get the match underway from the kick-off!
Everton make two changes to the line-up that earned a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest last weekend. Onana gets his first Premier League start ahead of Davies in midfield while McNeil gets the nod ahead of Rondon - pushing Gordon to centre-forward.
Brentford make one change to the XI that lost 3-2 to Fulham, with Zanka replacing Pontus Jansson at centre-back.
EVERTON SUBS: Ruben Vinagre, Asmir Begovic, Salomon Rondon, Lewis Warrington, Seamus Coleman, Stanley Mills, Michael Keane, Allan, Tom Davies.
EVERTON XI (5-2-3): Jordan Pickford; Nathan Patterson, Mason Holgate, Conor Coady, James Tarkowski, Vitalii Mykolenko; Amadou Onana, Alex Iwobi; Dwight McNeil, Anthony Gordon, Demarai Gray.
BRENTFORD SUBS: Mads Roerslev, Shandon Baptiste, Keane Lewis-Potter, Thomas Strakosha, Mikken Damsgaard, Vitaly Janelt, Mads Sorensen, Saman Ghoddos, Frank Onyeka.
BRENTFORD XI (4-3-3): David Raya; Rico Henry, Ben Mee, Zanka, Aaron Hickey; Mathias Jensen, Christian Norgaard, Josh Dasilva; Yoane Wissa, Ivan Toney, Bryan Mbeumo.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let’s take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts!
Everton have picked up a single point in their first three fixtures, with Demarai Gray’s late finish stealing a result at the death against newly promoted Nottingham Forest. A League Cup win over Fleetwood Town got the Toffees back to winning ways but it’ll be a much tougher test today at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Brentford battled back from 2-0 down against London rivals Fulham last week but a 90th-minute Aleksandar Mitrovic goal condemned the Bees to their first defeat of the league season. 14 days removed from their incredible victory over Manchester United, Thomas Frank’s side will look to bounce back against an Everton side who are still looking to find their feet.
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