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Brentford 2-2 Ipswich Town

James Tarkowski
James Tarkowski celebrates after his 96th-minute leveller

James Tarkowski netted a dramatic 96th-minute equaliser as Brentford scored two stoppage-time goals to draw with Ipswich Town at Griffin Park.

Ipswich midfielder Kevin Bru scored a spectacular scissors kick to give the visitors a half-time lead.

Ryan Fraser then tapped in shortly after the break to make it 2-0.

Substitute Andre Gray raced clear to score for the hosts two minutes into added time, before defender Tarkowski bundled the ball home to make it 2-2.

There was little sign of the late drama to come after Ipswich dominated the majority of the game and were kept out by a string of fine saves from David Button.

The lively Freddy Sears was denied twice by the Brentford goalkeeper in the opening half, first tipping his weak shot wide before palming his powerful strike away.

However, the visitors capped their dominance with a goal just before the break.

Fraser, on loan from Bournemouth, cut in from the right and smashed a shot against a post, but the ball fell to 17-year-old Joshua Emmanuel who chipped it back in for Bru to turn home magnificently.

After a fine counter-attack led to the Tractor Boys' second, Ipswich continued to press forward and almost added a third when Bru's fierce strike was tipped away by Button.

Gray - who was only among the substitutes after being the subject of interest from Hull this week - grabbed what looked like a consolation as he finished coolly from Tarkowski's through ball.

Then Tarkowski himself earned a point when he tapped home following a scramble in the box.

Brentford head coach Marinus Dijhuizen: "We put a lot of pressure on and took a lot of risks, but we got better and better in the game.

"There were big chances, but we couldn't get a goal. Then finally Andre scored.

"You think it's too late with a few minutes left, then we sent everybody forward and we got a goal. We got a bit lucky of course, but we deserved a draw in the end."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "It's an annoying one and we should have won. We conceded two really poor goals.

"There were chances at both ends and we had the majority of them. We scored two, but should have scored another to put it beyond doubt. If you don't, you don't concede two goals like that.

"I'm really delighted by the way we played, I thought we were terrific. It's a shame that three minutes at the end annoys you like that."

Kevin Bru
Kevin Bru nets a sublime scissors kick to give Ipswich the lead
Ryan Fraser
Ryan Fraser (r) celebrates after scoring the Tractor Boys' second
Konstantin Kerschbaumer
Konstantin Kerschbaumer was one of three debutants for Brentford

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormackSubstituted forVibeat 72'minutes
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 23JotaBooked at 83mins
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 17KerschbaumerSubstituted forGrayat 55'minutes
  • 24Gogia
  • 18Judge
  • 11Hofmann

Substitutes

  • 5Bjelland
  • 16Bonham
  • 19Gray
  • 21Vibe
  • 22O'Connell
  • 28Yennaris
  • 29Barbet

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 29Emmanuel
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 3Knudsen
  • 7Maitland-NilesSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 82'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 17BruSubstituted forCokeat 69'minutes
  • 14FraserSubstituted forDouglasat 78'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 11Pitman
  • 16Coke
  • 22Douglas
  • 25Yorwerth
  • 39Toure
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
10,789

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home23
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Ipswich Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Ipswich Town 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 2, Ipswich Town 2. James Tarkowski (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Philipp Hofmann (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harlee Dean.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 1, Ipswich Town 2. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Tarkowski.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Toumani Diagouraga with a headed pass.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Daryl Murphy.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Freddie Sears.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andre Gray.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Akaki Gogia (Brentford) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andre Gray.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jota (Brentford).

  17. Post update

    Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Booking

    Jota (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jota (Brentford).

  20. Post update

    Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.