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Brentford 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Jota heads Brentford's equaliser past Nottingham Forest's Karl Darlow
Jota's late header means the Bees are only six points behind the top two, but there are just five games remaining

Promotion-chasing Brentford came from 2-0 down with nine minutes to go to earn a point against Nottingham Forest thanks to Jota's injury-time header.

The Bees trailed when Tyler Walker, 18-year-old son of Forest legend Des, smashed in the opener after half-time.

Fellow substitute Todd Kane made it 2-0 from six yards on the break.

But Andre Gray's cool turn and shot made it 2-1, and relentless home pressure finally told when Jota headed in following a corner.

The spirited fightback in a gripping Griffin Park encounter could prove crucial in the Championship promotion run-in and means the Bees are two points clear of seventh-placed Ipswich, who lost against Huddersfield.

But, with Wolves to play Leeds in the evening kick-off, Brentford could yet be pushed out of the final play-off place.

Not a chip off the old block
Striker Tyler Walker took around 56 minutes of game time, spread over four matches, to score his first professional goal. His dad Des - a Forest legend and one of the finest defenders of his generation - scored one goal in 858 games, including 59 games for England.

Two consecutive defeats had all but ended Forest's slim play-off chances but they looked set for a rare away win when they withstood heavy home pressure in the first half to go 2-0 ahead.

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Warburton on Brentford v Forest

The Reds, now 12 points adrift of the top six before Wolves play, had a couple of early sights of goal but Brentford were the sharper and more threatening.

With Toumani Diagouraga influential in the middle of the pitch, away goalkeeper Karl Darlow was forced to make fine saves to stop Gray's near-post strike, James Tarkowski's header and a Stuart Dallas effort.

Darlow was also lucky not gift the Bees a goal when he slipped when dealing with a Kelvin Wilson back-pass.

But the visitors had the best chance of the first period, only for Walker to completely mis-kick from six yards out when Michail Antonio pulled the ball back.

Tyler Walker gets some advice from dad Des
Striker Tyler Walker has scored as many goals as his dad Des, a defender, managed in a 22-year career

However, Walker - on as a late first-half replacement for the injured Chuba Akpom - showed his class in front of goal after the break, smashing the ball past David Button after some neat footwork following Darlow's long punt forward.

Alex Pritchard was unlucky with a decent curling strike at the other end and some great defensive blocks thwarted efforts from substitute Jota and Diagouraga.

Darlow also made a fine save from Jota and then teed up what looked a clinching second Reds goal when he kept out Pritchard's shot.

From the counter-attack that followed, the ball was worked to Ben Osborn, who broke forward and crossed to substitute Kane to shoot home.

Gray quickly reduced the deficit with his 16th goal of the season when he turned sharply and netted after more good work by the impressive Pritchard.

And constant home pressure in the final stages was rewarded when Tommy Smith crossed to Jota, who headed in a 95th-minute equaliser from close range.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton:

"I was disappointed with the two goals we conceded but pleased with the character we showed to dig ourselves out of a hole.

"We lacked a little finesse and quality with the final ball but the fact that we never give up is testament to our attitude and fitness.

"With that kind of character, and when we do what we do well, we are a match for anyone. The players know the best people in all walks of life are the ones that thrive under pressure and today we showed that's what we do.

"Jota has grown steadily into the English game, speaks the language and is a sublime talent who will play at the highest level."

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

"It's a strange feeling really because I thought we were the better side and created the better chances against a very good side.

"So overall I am happy because we looked very comfortable. But we knew they score a lot of late goals so I was disappointed at how naive we were at the end.

"We should have been more professional in seeing the game out but our mentality wasn't right and that is something at the club which I will be changing in the summer."

Brentford's Andre Gray (left) and Nottingham Forest's Kevin Wilson
Andre Gray (left) gave the Bees hope with a classy late goal - his 16th of the season

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6DeanSubstituted forSmithat 78'minutes
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 23Jota
  • 21Pritchard
  • 18Judge
  • 15DallasSubstituted forToralat 59'minutes
  • 19Gray

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 8Douglas
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 24Smith
  • 32O'Connell

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 2Lichaj
  • 25Hobbs
  • 6Wilson
  • 13Fox
  • 4Mancienne
  • 24VaughanBooked at 37mins
  • 27BurkeSubstituted forOsbornat 55'minutes
  • 10LansburyBooked at 90mins
  • 18Antonio
  • 31AkpomSubstituted forWalkerat 41'minutesSubstituted forKaneat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Lascelles
  • 17Kane
  • 21Paterson
  • 26Evtimov
  • 34Walker
  • 35Burke
  • 38Osborn
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
11,499

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home33
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Nottingham Forest 2. Jota (Brentford) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

Attempt blocked. Tommy Smith (Brentford) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Attempt blocked. Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Judge.

Attempt blocked. Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

Booking

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ben Osborn.

Attempt saved. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kelvin Wilson.

Attempt blocked. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jota.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Michael Mancienne tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Nottingham Forest 2. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Attempt missed. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Harlee Dean.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 0, Nottingham Forest 2. Todd Kane (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Jota (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Todd Kane replaces Tyler Walker.

Attempt saved. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Judge.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth412211887434477
2Norwich412210979433676
3Watford412371182483476
4Middlesbrough412291060322875
5Derby4120111073452871
6Wolves4120111062491371
7Brentford412171370551570
8Ipswich4119111161461568
9Nottm Forest411513136558758
10Blackburn401512135450457
11Charlton401315124952-354
12Sheff Wed411315133743-654
13Cardiff411313154954-552
14Leeds411410174654-852
15Birmingham401214144760-1350
16Bolton411310185058-849
17Huddersfield411212175169-1848
18Brighton411015164348-545
19Reading39129184362-1945
20Rotherham411013184262-2043
21Fulham40127215172-2143
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan41811223555-2035
24Blackpool40412243179-4824
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