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Brentford 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Philipp Hofmann
Philipp Hofmann scored for Brentford in stoppage time, his third goal of the season

Striker Philipp Hofmann's injury-time goal secured a dramatic win for 10-man Brentford against Nottingham Forest.

Hofmann's low shot after Ryan Woods' initial effort was saved won it for the Bees, who had Harlee Dean sent off earlier in the second half.

Sergi Canos put the hosts in front on 63 minutes, tucking in after Dean's header dropped into his path.

Henri Lansbury equalised, but despite dominating chances, Forest conceded in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Victory for Brentford, under interim boss Lee Carsley, ended a run of two games without a win on the back of four straight victories.

But defeat for 18th-placed Forest adds to the pressure on Dougie Freedman, despite his side coming into the game after a win against East Midlands rivals Derby.

It was a success that ended a run of eight games without a win and they used that momentum in a fine first-half performance.

However, Forest were unable to turn chances into goals as Nelson Oliveira was denied by Brentford goalkeeper David Button three times.

After a goalless first half, Brentford were more adventurous after the break and after John Swift's effort was saved by Dorus de Vries, Canos pounced in the box to open the scoring.

Dean's dismissal, after a scuffle over the ball with Jonathan Williams at a set-piece, was followed by Lansbury's equaliser.

However, despite a numerical disadvantage, the home side showed the more intent late on, with James Tarkowski striking the post with a header before Hofmann's calm finish in added time snatched the three points.

Brentford interim head coach Lee Carsley:

"This was my last game so it was nice to get a result."

"My remit was always to get us back on track and now, with the way we've been playing and a lot of the injured boys coming back to fitness, I can say I've done that.

"It took us about an hour to get going but I thought we got better and better as the game wore on. The substitutes gave us more energy and both scored, so that was nice to see.

"Harlee will be a big loss for us. He was one of the boys not doing themselves justice at the start of the season, but he is now playing like a leader."

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman:

"In the first half we were in complete control and should have been two or three up.

"We had four or five chances but didn't take them and I'm fed up of saying that after games.

"After the sending-off they were more compact and showed more fighting spirit, while we just got more and more naive.

"The result was definitely of our own making."



Formation 4-3-3

  • 27Button
  • 28Yennaris
  • 6DeanBooked at 71mins
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 15WoodsBooked at 90mins
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 12McCormack
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forO'Connellat 73'minutes
  • 21VibeSubstituted forHofmannat 61'minutes
  • 19SwiftSubstituted forCanosat 60'minutes


  • 7Saunders
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 22O'Connell
  • 24Gogia
  • 47Canos

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Formation 4-5-1

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 25Hobbs
  • 31Pinillos
  • 19Ward
  • 10LansburyBooked at 24mins
  • 18TrotterSubstituted forWilliamsat 67'minutes
  • 24Vaughan
  • 15Mendes da GraçaSubstituted forBlackstockat 68'minutes
  • 17OliveiraSubstituted forWalkerat 87'minutes


  • 4Mancienne
  • 6Wilson
  • 20Williams
  • 23Blackstock
  • 26Evtimov
  • 34Walker
  • 38Osborn
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Philipp Hofmann (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Woods (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Toumani Diagouraga.

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

  7. Post update

    Daniel Pinillos (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

  9. Post update

    James Tarkowski (Brentford) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Alan McCormack following a set piece situation.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Williams (Nottingham Forest).

  12. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tyler Walker replaces Nélson Oliveira.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack O'Connell (Brentford).

  19. Post update

    Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.