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Brentford 1-0 Bolton Wanderers: Neal Maupay winner eases pressure on Bees boss

Maupay has netted 14 goals this season
Neal Maupay scored Brentford's winner against Bolton

Brentford must use the "momentum" they have gained by winning their "final" against Bolton to climb away from relegation danger, says head coach Thomas Frank.

Neal Maupay netted the only goal as the Bees ended their six-match winless run to move six points clear of the drop zone.

Maupay fired home his 14th goal of the season just after the hour, earning the Bees only their second win since Frank succeeded Dean Smith in mid-October.

It was no more than the Dane's side deserved as they dominated their struggling visitors, who have themselves now gone 13 games without victory.

Two Championship managers have lost their jobs this month, and Frank's own position has been the subject of speculation.

"One of the most difficult things in life is when you put a lot of work into things and don't get the reward, but today the players, staff and fans believed, stuck together and worked hard and got what they deserved," he said.

"We knew this was a final today because we could see there weren't many points between us and the relegation area.

"No-one said it but we knew and we stayed focused to get the win we deserved.

"It was a solid performance. We know we have more, but sometimes you need that win to push you on to get there.

"The win will give us momentum and if we can take a good performance to Bristol City we will give ourselves a good chance of getting something.

"Seeing the players after the win reminds us why we love this game so much and why losing is so annoying. It's a good habit we want to keep."

Bolton registered just one shot on target and were indebted to goalkeeper Ben Alnwick for preventing a heavier defeat at Griffin Park.

Brentford heaped early pressure on their visitors, with Ollie Watkins twice going close and the lively Said Benrahma forcing a smart save from Alnwick.

Alnwick kept out another volleyed attempt from Benrahma later in the first half, while it took Bolton half an hour to register an attempt at goal, with Gary O'Neil's effort deflected over the bar.

Maupay finally made the breakthrough in the 62nd minute, pouncing on Benrahma's knockdown and rifling into the roof of the net from 15 yards.

Bolton could have salvaged a point as substitute Craig Noone fired a cross-shot just wide, while Alnwick came up for an injury-time corner, but his header was off target.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson:

"It was a very tight game with very little in it. The quality of cross or desire in the six-yard box was not quite there to get us a goal but we've been in so many tight games.

"Brentford started better but we grew into the first half and got some good crosses in, but in the second half one moment of quality separates the teams.

"Our lads never give in and you have to give credit for that on this run. Not for one moment do I question this group for their character, endeavour and desire.

"It's an exciting time to be involved when games come thick and fast and if you get beat you have to hope that those defeats don't damage morale, but I am looking at a group giving everything for the shirt and that's great to see."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Bentley
  • 26Konsa
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 6MephamBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBarbetat 69'minutes
  • 2Odubajo
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 19Sawyers
  • 3Henry
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forCanosat 88'minutes
  • 21BenrahmaSubstituted forJudgeat 80'minutes
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 7Canos
  • 10McEachran
  • 14Da Silva
  • 18Judge
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Barbet

Bolton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16OlkowskiSubstituted forNooneat 69'minutes
  • 31WheaterBooked at 72mins
  • 14Hobbs
  • 3Taylor
  • 19O'NeilBooked at 90mins
  • 18Wilson
  • 4LoweBooked at 14mins
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forMagennisat 76'minutes
  • 10Ameobi
  • 9DoidgeSubstituted forDonaldsonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Beevers
  • 6Vela
  • 8Donaldson
  • 12Noone
  • 20Matthews
  • 28Magennis
  • 29Grounds
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
10,512

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  3. Booking

    Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Alnwick (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Noone following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers).

  12. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Andrew Taylor tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Ollie Watkins.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Magennis.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Ezri Konsa Ngoyo tries a through ball, but Alan Judge is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

  18. Post update

    Yoann Barbet (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich23145441261547
2Leeds22136336181845
3West Brom23126550311942
4Middlesbrough2310942516939
5Derby2311663225739
6Sheff Utd2311573627938
7Nottm Forest2381143223935
8Birmingham2381053527834
9Stoke2381053027334
10QPR2310492832-434
11Aston Villa228954334933
12Swansea239592927232
13Bristol City238782827131
14Blackburn2371062934-531
15Preston237793538-328
16Hull2376102632-627
17Sheff Wed2376102940-1127
18Brentford2367103434025
19Wigan2374122333-1025
20Rotherham2341092237-1522
21Reading2347122736-919
22Millwall2347122839-1119
23Bolton2346131531-1618
24Ipswich2329121938-1915
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