Ex keeper and late Bristol City goal foil dominant Brentford
Brentford 1 Bristol City 1
Former Brentford keeper Dan Bentley frustrated his old club at Griffin Park, as a late goal denied the Bees what would have been their first back to back wins of the season.
Boss Thomas Frank badly wants this final season at the old ground to be memorable but it is taking a while to get going.
They were close to deserved win after taking the lead through Josh Dasilva, but Andreas Weimann headed home for City in the 87th minute to make it all square.
The Bees, looking for only their second home win of the campaign, dominated the game but again found goals hard to come by – as well as an opposition stopper in inspired form.
Bentley was alert to block a near-post flick from Julian Jeanvier after a corner in the first half and stretched to keep out a Sergi Canos strike early in the second half.
One spillage of a cross nearly gifted the Bees a goal, but Bentley toned for his error by palming over a volley from Christian Norgaard before reacting superbly when a clearing kick cannoned into Pontus Jansson and flew goalwards.
He also did well to readjust a tip over a deflected cross from Henrik Dalsgaard which was dipping in, soon after the City equaliser.
On 64 minutes, Dasilva made the breakthrough with a perfect curling shot from the edge of the area, his left footer arcing perfectly over Bentley and into the top corner.
The visitors’ approach was to absorb and counter and they almost got their noses in front just before the break when a Weimann pass put Kasey Palmer in the clear, but the Chelsea man was foiled by David Raya, who rushed out to smother.
Bristol City made two half-time substitutions in a bid to inject a little more devil in their play, but they hardly threatened as the Bees looked set to close out a hard-fought victory. But a goal out of nothing denied hem – full-back Jack Hunt picking out Weimann with a telling cross.
Next up for the Bees is a visit to Nottingham Forest at the weekend ahead of the next international break.
Line-up: Raya – Dalsgaard, Jansson, Jeanvier, Henry – Mokotjo (Jensen 69), Norgaard, Dasilva (Mbuemo 89) – Canos (Pinnock 83), Watkins, Benrahma. Subs not used: Daniels, Karelis, Valencia, Clarke.