Chipping in with the goals
Many have had the idea that Ivan Toney’s goals will be the sole reason that Brentford stay alive in the Premier League, but the striker has scored just a quarter of Brentford’s league goals so far (2/8).
It goes to show that many of the other team players have been contributing and pulling their weight to ensure they don’t depend on their talisman.
To have a centre-half, defensive midfielder and a newly-recruited winger get on the scoresheet will have impressed Thomas Frank massively, as he knows he can have players who can step up to the plate if needed.
Since arriving from Lorient in the summer, the Guinea international has had to bide his time to make an impact, but the winger brilliantly stepped up to equalise, when it appeared Liverpool would run away with it. The winger impressed in Tuesday’s cup rout of Oldham and he was superb again tonight.
Yoane Wissa’s cameo, along with the memorable equaliser, will have pleased Frank immensely, but will have also given the Dane a selection headache if he feels he merits a start against West Ham next Sunday. Competition for places will certainly heat up in wake of his performance.
Whilst Brentford secured a memorable draw, they still conceded three goals. Aside from Curtis Jones’ rocket which most keepers would have failed to keep out, the Bees should have done more to prevent Diogo Jota and Mo Salah getting on the scoresheet.
The Portuguese was free to head home past David Raya, whilst Kristoffer Ajer and Sergi Canos were perhaps guilty of playing Salah onside – whose goal was initially chalked off but for a VAR review.
Frank would have been frustrated given that Brentford had an admirable defensive record, with only two goals conceded prior to tonight’s game. An away trip to West Ham will see them be tested against Michail Antonio, who has been in form of late – and occasional lapses could see him capitalise.