Saturday 2 December 2017, 3:00pm at Griffin Park, Brentford
Sky Bet Championship
Brentford
Brentford
3
Canos 33'; Sawyers 49'; Ollie Watkins 85'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Kebano 25'

33' Goal

Sergi Canos
Assist by Ollie Watkins

49' Goal

Romaine Sawyers

85' Goal

Ollie Watkins
Assist by Romaine Sawyers

36' Yellow Card

Sergi Canos Card was given for a foul

17' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Romaine Sawyers
Off:Lasse Vibe

73' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Lewis MacLeod
Off:Sergi Canos

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh McEachran
Off:Nico Yennaris

25' Goal

Neeskens Kebano
Assist by Ryan Fredericks

45' Yellow Card

Denis Odoi Card was given for a foul

53' 2nd Yellow Card

Denis Odoi Card was given for a foul

59' Yellow Card

Tom Cairney Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks Card was given for a foul

89' Yellow Card

Oliver Norwood Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rui Fonte
Off:Neeskens Kebano

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luca De La Torre
Off:Stefan Johansen

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Graham
Off:Sheyi Ojo

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Fulham were unable to carry their recent winning form to Brentford, as the 10-man Whites went down 3-1 at Griffin Park.

Fulham were unable to carry their recent winning form to Brentford, as the 10-man Whites went down 3-1 at Griffin Park.

Neeskens Kebano opened the scoring in the 25th minute, but Brentford equalised in the 33rd minute through Sergi Canos’ deflected effort.

The teams headed into the break level, but goals for the home team either side of Denis Odoi’s red card sealed the Whites’ fate.

Slaviša Jokanović made one change to the lineup from the game against Millwall, with Kevin McDonald coming in and Rui Fonte dropping to the bench. Odoi and Tomas Kalas again anchored the centre of defence and Sheyi Ojo and Kebano led the line in attack, with support from Stefan Johansen in a false nine role.

A cold and rainy Griffin Park was buzzing before kick-off, with both sets of fans whipping up a frenzied derby atmosphere.

Fulham got the better of the early exchanges and in the third minute Tom Cairney forced a low save from Daniel Bentley after some neat interplay between himself, Johansen, and Kebano.

In the 11th minute Fulham had a free-kick from about 30 yards out, but Oliver Norwood’s effort sailed high over the bar.

Brentford started to apply more pressure after that, harrying the Whites in midfield, and Josh Clarke was able to win a corner off Ryan Sessegnon in the 15th minute. Norwood thumped the corner clear and a few minutes later Johansen was barrelling into the Brentford box, only for the ball to be tackled away from him at the last minute.

Dean Smith was forced to make his first change of the afternoon in the 17th minute, as Lasse Vibe had to come off due to injury. Romaine Sawyers came on in his place.

Fulham took advantage of the reshuffling to exert their dominance in the midfield, and six minutes later they nearly had the breakthrough, but Johansen’s pass was just a little too quick for Ojo and Bentley was quick off his line to smother.

It was Fulham’s typical rapid passing movements that unlocked the Brentford defence for the opening goal in the 25th minute. In a back to front move, Cairney received the ball from Kalas in the middle of the park and quickly spread it to Ryan Fredericks who was speeding down the right touchline.

His low cross initially looked to have missed the white shirts in the box, but then Kebano arrived at the back post to power it in.

As the away fans were celebrating, Fulham decided to keep their foot on the gas and immediately went searching for another. And two minutes later, they almost found one. Ojo let a shot fly from the right side of the box, but Bentley was able to get a hand to it to tip the high drive wide. He was lucky he did too, because Ojo’s rocket was headed for the top corner.

Brentford’s equaliser came eight minutes later as Ollie Watkins strode through the middle of the pitch and dinked the ball to Canos on the left-hand side. His low shot looked tame, but it took a massive deflection on the way in which left David Button wrongfooted.

Canos then wasted no time in going from hero to villain as — after a few tasty challenges from both sides — he was booked for a very late lunge on Johansen. The game then started to well and truly open up, and both teams were able to get multiple shots on goal as they took turns pushing forward to take the lead before halftime.

Ojo had the most promising of these opportunities, as Bentley mishandled his 43rd-minute header and it almost crept in over the line. In general the Brentford backline had a hard time containing Ojo in the first half as he stretched the field with his pace and power, and seemed to confuse Andreas Bjelland and John Egan by switching his runs from the right to the left.

As the fourth official signalled for two minutes of time to be added on, Odoi became the first Fulham player to go into the book as he received yellow for a tactical foul on Kamohelo Mokotjo just as Brentford were looking to break.

The second half started brightly for the Bees, as Watkins found himself free in the box just two minutes after the restart. He ended up dragging his shot wide however. But Brentford soon nudged themselves ahead regardless, with Sawyers notching the second goal for the home team in the 47th minute. It came from a recycled free-kick that Yoann Barbet headed onto the post, and the substitute Sawyers was on hand to rifle home the rebound.

The Whites’ afternoon then got more difficult, as Odoi received his second yellow in the 53rd minute, and since he had just been warned before, Robert Madley had little choice but to send him off.

The tempo then slowed somewhat in the following minutes, as Fulham shifted into a more defensive stance as a way of regrouping after going down to 10 men. Kevin McDonald dropped back into defence as cover. Then Cairney received a yellow in the 59th minute for a little trip-up after he was bundled over by a Brentford player.

The Whites didn’t remain in their shell for long, though, and they were so unlucky not to equalise in the 62nd minute as Cairney uncorked a curler from 25 yards that just kissed the top of the crossbar. Johansen and Kebano tried to follow up, but the ball wouldn’t quite settle for either of them.

Perhaps buoyed by the fighting spirit the away side were showing, Jokanović made a straight swap in 63rd minute, bringing Rui Fonte in for the goal-scorer Kebano. Eight minutes later Smith made a substitution of his own, bringing in Lewis Macleod in for the cramping Canos.

With a quarter of an hour to go, the game had calmed down a bit after a frenetic 75 minutes. With time running out, both teams looked to their benches, although for different reasons. Jokanović brought Luca de la Torre on for Johansen in the 77th minute, and Smith brought off Nico Yennaris in the 79th minute to give some time to Josh McEachran.

To compound Fulham misery, Brentford scored their third soon after, Watkins tapping it in at the back post in the 85th minute with Sawyers turning provider this time. The Head Coach made his final change in the aftermath of the goal, Jordan Graham coming on for Ojo with four minutes to go.

Even as time trickled away, Fulham never hung their heads, and continued to fight until the final whistle. Button made a fantastic save in the 88th minute to keep it 3-1 and Fredericks won a corner deep into stoppage time. Brentford headed it away and proceeded to hold on for the victory.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 2 December 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Griffin Park, Brentford
Attendance: 11,090

Referee: Robert Madley

Brentford

Line-up: Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Bjelland, Barbet; Mokotjo, Woods, Nico Yennaris (McEachran 80'); Canos (MacLeod 73'), Vibe (Sawyers 17'), Ollie Watkins

Unused substitutes: Daniels, Chatzitheodoridis, Mepham, Archibald

Manager: Dean Smith

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Odoi, Ryan Sessegnon; Cairney, McDonald, Norwood; Sheyi Ojo (Graham 86'), Johansen (De La Torre 77'), Kebano (Rui Fonte 63')

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Djalo, Mollo, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 44
2 Cardiff City 20 43
3 Sheffield United 20 37
4 Aston Villa 20 36
5 Derby County 20 35
6 Bristol City 19 34
7 Ipswich Town 20 32
8 Leeds United 20 30
9 Middlesbrough 19 29
10 Preston North End 20 29
11 Brentford 20 27
12 Sheffield Wednesday 20 27
13 Nottingham Forest 20 27
14 Reading 20 26
15 Fulham 20 26
16 Norwich City 20 24
17 Millwall 20 22
18 Queens Park Rangers 20 22
19 Barnsley 20 20
20 Hull City 20 19
21 Bolton Wanderers 20 16
22 Birmingham City 19 16
23 Sunderland 20 14
24 Burton Albion 20 14
Goals
3
1
Total Shots
17
11
Shots On Target
6
6
Passing Accuracy
83%
79%
Fouls
10
12
Corners
6
3
Offsides
3
4
Bookings
1
3
Sending Offs
0
1
Brentford (4-3-3)
  • 1Daniel Bentley
  • 20Josh Clarke
  • 14John Egan
  • 5Andreas Bjelland
  • 29Yoann Barbet
  • 12Kamohelo Mokotjo
  • 15Ryan Woods
  • 8Nico Yennaris
  • 47Sergi Canos
  • 21Lasse Vibe
  • 11Ollie Watkins
Substitutes
  • 28Luke Daniels
  • 31Ilias Chatzitheodoridis
  • 33Chris Mepham
  • 4Lewis MacLeod
  • 10Josh McEachran
  • 19Romaine Sawyers
  • 25Theo Archibald
Manager
  • Dean Smith
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 23Marcelo Djalo
  • 17Jordan Graham
  • 22Yohan Mollo
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Brentford 3, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+5' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Egan.
  • 90'+4' Offside, Brentford. Yoann Barbet tries a through ball, but Ollie Watkins is caught offside.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).
  • 90'+1' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 89' Oliver Norwood (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 89' Josh McEachran (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 88' Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yoann Barbet with a cross.
  • 87' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Jordan Graham is caught offside.
  • 86' Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).
  • 86' Luca De La Torre (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Substitution, Fulham. Jordan Graham replaces Sheyi Ojo.
  • 85' Goal! Brentford 3, Fulham 1. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.
  • 83' Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).
  • 83' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 81' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 81' Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 80' Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by John Egan with a headed pass following a corner.
  • 80' Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Nico Yennaris.
  • 79' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers with a through ball.
  • 77' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 77' Foul by Andreas Bjelland (Brentford).
  • 77' Substitution, Fulham. Luca De La Torre replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 76' Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Woods.
  • 74' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 74' Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).
  • 73' Substitution, Brentford. Lewis MacLeod replaces Sergi Canos because of an injury.
  • 72' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 71' Delay in match Sergi Canos (Brentford) because of an injury.
  • 70' Hand ball by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 70' Attempt saved. Sergi Canos (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.
  • 68' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Button.
  • 68' Attempt saved. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergi Canos with a cross.
  • 67' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 66' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 66' Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 65' Foul by Rui Fonte (Fulham).
  • 65' Nico Yennaris (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 64' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).
  • 63' Substitution, Fulham. Rui Fonte replaces Neeskens Kebano.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
  • 62' Tom Cairney (Fulham) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.
  • 60' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 60' Attempt blocked. Ryan Woods (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.
  • 59' Tom Cairney (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 59' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 59' Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 58' Hand ball by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 56' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Neeskens Kebano is caught offside.
  • 55' Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 53' Second yellow card to Denis Odoi (Fulham) for a bad foul.
  • 53' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 53' Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 52' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).
  • 51' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Andreas Bjelland.
  • 49' Goal! Brentford 2, Fulham 1. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.
  • 49' Yoann Barbet (Brentford) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Ollie Watkins following a set piece situation.
  • 48' Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 48' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 47' Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Woods following a fast break.
  • Second Half begins Brentford 1, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Brentford 1, Fulham 1.
  • 45' Denis Odoi (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 45' Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 43' Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a through ball.
  • 42' Attempt saved. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 42' Offside, Brentford. Nico Yennaris tries a through ball, but Romaine Sawyers is caught offside.
  • 40' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 39' Attempt missed. Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Egan.
  • 38' Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 36' Sergi Canos (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 36' Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).
  • 36' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 36' Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nico Yennaris with a headed pass following a corner.
  • 35' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 35' Sergi Canos (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 35' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 33' Goal! Brentford 1, Fulham 1. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.
  • 28' Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 27' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.
  • 27' Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 25' Goal! Brentford 0, Fulham 1. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 24' Offside, Brentford. Josh Clarke tries a through ball, but Romaine Sawyers is caught offside.
  • 17' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 17' Substitution, Brentford. Romaine Sawyers replaces Lasse Vibe because of an injury.
  • 17' Delay in match Lasse Vibe (Brentford) because of an injury.
  • 14' Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 11' Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).
  • 11' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 10' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 10' Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).
  • 8' Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 6' Offside, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon tries a through ball, but Neeskens Kebano is caught offside.
  • 3' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Neeskens Kebano is caught offside.
  • 3' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.