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Brentford 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Alan Judge scores
Alan Judge started the rout with his first of the season

Brentford hammered struggling Wolves to equal a 75-year club record of five straight wins in England's second tier.

Wolves - who have lost four on the spin - fell behind when Alan Judge raced on to Andre Gray's pass to claim his first goal of the season with a smart finish.

Alex Pritchard crossed for Stuart Dallas to add a second on 74 minutes before Gray turned in the area to slam his seventh league goal of the season.

Jota added a fourth as Brentford moved third in the table.

Mark Warburton's side have thrust themselves in among the promotion hopefuls with a run of form which has also seen them plunder 14 goals over the five wins.

Their form could not be in starker contrast to Wolves, whose impressive start to the season - including four wins from six games - now looks a distant memory.

Kenny Jackett's players have not scored a goal in over 270 minutes and have just three wins in their last 14.

They started well at Griffin Park but fell behind to Judge's run and finish before half an hour, and could have delivered the perfect response through top-scorer Bakary Sako, but his strike was saved.

Judge could have added a second when he was released into the Wolves box but Carl Ikeme's save offered just brief resistance before the break.

Dallas had been on the field nine minutes when he connected with a Pritchard delivery after the 21-year-old had found space out wide.

It was his third goal of the season but Gray - the club's top-scorer - was rewarded for his own hard work when he collected the ball with his back to goal to find space for a right-foot shot.

Jota replaced the impressive Pritchard on 89 minutes and completed the scoring in injury time, driving past Ikeme from a narrow angle.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton:

"People talk to me about coming into this division and looking to survive, but that's nonsense.

"Our aim isn't just to stay in this division. That is not what we are about. We want to maintain our level of performance and see where we end up in May.

"When we play well we do not fear anyone in this division, but it is a very tough division and if you start letting your standards slip then you'll get hurt as we found out at Middlesbrough."

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett:

"In the first half it was a close game. We had some big chances and did well on the counter attack, but we gave away a poor first goal from a throw-in and that changed things.

"In the second half we opened up more and we got caught on the counter attack by a very good Brentford side.

"Some of our big players have struggled and are looking for confidence, but our set up defensively and organisationally at times is poor.

"We were very open in the second half and our naivety to the counter attack was the most disturbing thing."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6Dean
  • 5Craig
  • 3BidwellBooked at 33mins
  • 8Douglas
  • 17ToralSubstituted forDallasat 66'minutes
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forJotaat 90'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19GraySubstituted forSmithat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 15Dallas
  • 16Bonham
  • 23Jota
  • 24Smith
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 39Proschwitz

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 18RickettsBooked at 81mins
  • 3GolbourneSubstituted forRoweat 45'minutes
  • 8SavilleBooked at 16mins
  • 14EvansBooked at 54minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 57'minutes
  • 17van La Parra
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 24mins
  • 10Sako
  • 12GrahamSubstituted forClarkeat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stearman
  • 7Henry
  • 9Clarke
  • 11McDonald
  • 15Rowe
  • 27Jacobs
  • 29Kuszczak
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
10,923

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Harlee Dean (Brentford) because of an injury.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Judge.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leon Clarke replaces Danny Graham.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Danny Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

  10. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Jota replaces Alex Pritchard.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tony Craig (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  13. Post update

    Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Andre Gray.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Judge.

  19. Booking

    Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby19105435191635
2Ipswich199732819934
3Brentford1910453024634
4Bournemouth1996437201733
5Middlesbrough1996428141433
6Blackburn198743026431
7Watford198563122929
8Cardiff198562422229
9Nottm Forest197753025528
10Charlton1961032019128
11Norwich197662924527
12Wolves197662229-727
13Sheff Wed1951041415-125
14Reading197392530-524
15Leeds196582326-323
16Fulham196493034-422
17Birmingham195771730-1322
18Bolton1963102228-621
19Huddersfield195682532-721
20Millwall194872126-520
21Rotherham194781626-1019
22Brighton193972125-418
23Wigan193882025-517
24Blackpool1916121331-189
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