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Brentford 1-1 Middlesbrough

Adama Traore fires in from the edge of the box to put Boro in front
Adama Traore was Middlesbrough's main threat on the break and took his goal brilliantly

Brentford's Championship play-off hopes faded after a draw with fellow hopefuls Middlesbrough left them eight points outside the top six.

Adama Traore jinked across the box before rifling past Daniel Bentley to put Boro in front in the first half.

Lewis Macleod cracked home low from the edge of the box at the second attempt to level before half-time.

Romaine Sawyers was sent off late on for a second bookable offence as the Bees battled in vain for a winner.

With games running out, Brentford were desperate for a win to whittle down the points gap between themselves and their play-off rivals but Tony Pulis' Boro turned in a composed away performance to keep them at bay.

It was an entertaining encounter between two teams looking to play football, and focused on being involved in the post-season action.

Dean Smith's Bees were purposeful throughout, pushing the ball around neatly with Ryan Woods at the heart of their best work, but they were guilty at times of overplaying in dangerous areas.

Macleod's first goal for the club brought them level and they might have had more goals but for wasteful finishing from Neal Maupay, who flashed over a couple of opportunities.

The dismissal of Sawyers late on, after coming together with Britt Assombalonga in an incident which Simon Hooper deemed worthy of a second booking, was a disappointing finish.

Boro were more direct in possession than their hosts and although happy to contain the Bees, they carried a threat with Traore, Patrick Bamford and Stewart Downing linking up to good effect.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith:

"The second yellow card [for Sawyers] was very harsh as he couldn't get out of the way. I could show you five clips of Boro players who didn't get booked for doing exactly the same thing.

"He also doesn't make the decision straight away but sends him off after he's been surrounded by Middlesbrough players. I thought the FA had issued an edict about that so it's up to them to enforce it.

"It's a shame we have to talk about that because I thought we were very good today. It's easy to forget after watching that performance that they were a Premier League team last season."

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis:

"I thought they were the better team but we've worked really hard defensively and did a smashing job in restricting them to shots from outside the box.

"They are a decent side and Dean Smith has done a smashing job here. He keeps producing good players, sells them and producing new ones.

"I'm disappointed in some ways because we can play much better than that, but this is an old-fashioned ground with fans tight to a pitch which looks small, but they made it look very big for us."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 53mins
  • 14Egan
  • 33MephamBooked at 90mins
  • 20Clarke
  • 15WoodsBooked at 14mins
  • 12MokotjoSubstituted forJudgeat 84'minutes
  • 7Jozefzoon
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forSawyersat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forCanosat 67'minutes
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 8Yennaris
  • 17Marcondes
  • 18Judge
  • 19Sawyers
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Barbet
  • 47Canos

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 5Shotton
  • 4AyalaSubstituted forFryat 60'minutes
  • 6GibsonBooked at 51mins
  • 3FriendBooked at 90mins
  • 16HowsonSubstituted forLeadbitterat 65'minutes
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 29mins
  • 27BesicBooked at 62minsSubstituted forAssombalongaat 75'minutes
  • 37Traoré
  • 11Bamford
  • 19Downing

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 14Cranie
  • 20Fry
  • 23Harrison
  • 30Baker
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
11,134

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home24
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

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

Foul by Chris Mepham (Brentford).

Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) for a bad foul.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

George Friend (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

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

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

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

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Attempt blocked. Josh Clarke (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon.

Attempt missed. Josh Clarke (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon.

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergi Canos.

Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Henrik Dalsgaard.

Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Attempt blocked. Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers with a cross.

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