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Brentford 3-1 Swansea City: Ollie Watkins brace for Bees downs Swans

Bryan Mbeumo
Brentford signed winger Bryan Mbeumo from France's Ligue 2 side Troyes AC in August

Brentford are up to third in the Championship with a fifth successive victory at Griffin Park as Ollie Watkins' brace gave them victory over Swansea City.

Midway through the first half a Brentford corner was headed back across the box by Ethan Pinnock and Bryan Mbeumo was on hand to nod in the opener.

Just five minutes later Brentford doubled their lead, Watkins stretching out a leg to meet Rico Henry's cross to divert the ball past Freddy Woodman.

Andre Ayew pulled one back for the Swans with 25 minutes remaining, after David Raya only parried Bersant Celina's initial effort into the path of the Ghanaian.

Despite pressure from Swansea it was Brentford who scored late on, Watkins beating the offside trap and finishing into the bottom corner with just Woodman to beat.

Brentford came into Thursday's game having won their last four matches at Griffin Park, and they started like the team in form.

Watkins curled a couple of early efforts wide of the far post before Mbeumo broke the deadlock, heading past Woodman to score in his four successive home game.

Moments later Said Benrahma sent Henry clear down the left, who delivered a perfectly weighted cross to Watkins for a deserved goal.

Swansea midfielder George Byers helped change the flow of the game as half-time approached, and was unlucky to see two efforts blocked first by Josh Dasilva and then Pontus Jansson.

The Swans began to pile on the pressure as the second half progressed and got their rewards when Ayew reacted quickest to Raya's save to poke the ball home.

Steve Cooper's side launched wave after wave of attacks as they went in search of an equaliser, but the Bees continued to look dangerous on the break.

And it was on the counter-attack that the Bees sealed victory, as Watkins raced clear and finished confidently past Woodman.

Victory was Brentford's first at home against Swansea since Boxing Day in 2005, as the Swans lost a fourth consecutive match on 26 December.

Swansea City manager Steve Cooper said: "First half we were short, we didn't do the basics right, and in the end we gave away two soft goals and we gave ourselves an uphill challenge.

"They are a good team, take nothing away from them, but I think we gave them too much respect. For all their play they didn't create loads of shooting opportunities other than the goals.

"If you don't do the basics right you won't win any game, we try and play well and with discipline but we also try to defend well and today we didn't."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3Henry
  • 8JensenSubstituted forNørgaardat 77'minutes
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 14Dasilva
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forValencia Castilloat 72'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 10BenrahmaSubstituted forZamburekat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 28Daniels
  • 31Zamburek
  • 35Rasmussen

Swansea

  • 27Woodman
  • 23Roberts
  • 44Cabango
  • 20WilmotBooked at 71mins
  • 24Bidwell
  • 28ByersSubstituted forMcKayat 86'minutes
  • 8GrimesBooked at 74mins
  • 14CarrollSubstituted forKaluluat 63'minutes
  • 22A Ayew
  • 19SurridgeSubstituted forBastónat 63'minutes
  • 10Celina

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 6Fulton
  • 7McKay
  • 9Bastón
  • 15Routledge
  • 18Kalulu
  • 26Naughton
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
11,848

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home19
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 3, Swansea City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Swansea City 1.

Attempt blocked. Barrie McKay (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Aldo Kalulu (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Borja Bastón.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Dasilva.

Josh Dasilva (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aldo Kalulu (Swansea City).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 3, Swansea City 1. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Dasilva following a fast break.

Attempt missed. César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Raya Martin with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Barrie McKay replaces George Byers.

Attempt missed. Jan Zamburek (Brentford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Josh Dasilva.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jan Zamburek replaces Saïd Benrahma.

César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aldo Kalulu (Swansea City).

Attempt blocked. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Dasilva.

Attempt blocked. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Grimes.

Attempt missed. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Josh Dasilva (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Swansea City).

Attempt blocked. André Ayew (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Cabango.

Foul by Rico Henry (Brentford).

André Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Christian Nørgaard replaces Mathias Jensen.

Attempt missed. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ollie Watkins with a headed pass.

Booking

Matt Grimes (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Swansea City).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. César Joel Valencia Castillo replaces Bryan Mbeumo.

Booking

Ben Wilmot (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Wilmot (Swansea City).

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Cabango (Swansea City).

Offside, Brentford. Ollie Watkins tries a through ball, but Saïd Benrahma is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Swansea City 1. André Ayew (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by André Ayew.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Aldo Kalulu replaces Tom Carroll.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Borja Bastón replaces Sam Surridge.

Foul by Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford).

goal

As It Stood

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4Sheff Wed24116736231339
5Fulham24116738281039
6Preston2411673628839
7Nottm Forest2310763023737
8Swansea2410773130137
9Blackburn2410683129236
10Bristol City249873636035
11Cardiff2481063533234
12Millwall2481063031-134
13Hull249693733433
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15Reading2385102927229
16Birmingham2485112535-1029
17Charlton2477103334-128
18Derby246992232-1027
19Middlesbrough246992232-1027
20Huddersfield2467112636-1025
21Stoke2463152839-1121
22Luton2463153150-1921
23Barnsley2448123247-1520
24Wigan2448122136-1520
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