Brentford finally find shooting boots to put Huddersfield away in first league match at new stadium
By Yann Tear at the Brentford Community Stadium
Brentford 3 Huddersfield 0
The Bees cruised to an ultimately comfortable win in the first ever league match at their new stadium.
The fine Carabao Cup win at Southampton in midweek was all well and good, but boss Thomas Frank wanted to see that league scoreboard moving and it was a good response to last week’s disappointing opening day defeat at Birmingham.
Josh Dasilva opened the scoring just before the hour and despite a continuing drip of chances, it wasn’t until five minutes from time that the game was finally put to bed – sub Marcus Forss tucking home before Mbeumo found the top corner with a cracking shot from inside the area to make it three.
Mbeumo more than made up for an early miss when he came within a whisker of stealing some early glory. The winger should have done better with a low cross into the danger zone from Rico Henry, who overlapped down the left after Sergi Canos had made the initial incursion.
Ivan Toney then twice came close to opening his Bees account. As the hosts warmed to their task. First, his low shot was kept out by the legs of former Bees keeper Ben Hamer - Dasilva’s smart work on the edge of the box making the opening. Soon after, a loose clearance by the Huddersfield stopper gave Toney another clear opening, which the striker put wide.
An Mbeumo curler also drifted just past a post as the home side continued to dominate.
Something had to give eventually and a scampering run down the left by Henry paved the way for the breakthrough on 58 minutes. Dasilva was perfectly placed to side-foot the cross past Hamer from the edge of the area.
Huddersfield only threatened sporadically, but from one Alex Pritchard corner, Juninho Bacuna clipped the outside of a post with a towering header.
There were chances to make it all a bit more comfortable long before the end, with a blistering strike from Emiliano Marcondes needing a firm tip-over from the over-worked Hamer.
But in the 86th minute, the points were finally secured when great work inside the box by Mbeumo – surrounded by a thicket of defenders – ended with a ball slipped in for Forss to put away.
And Mbeumo’s final flourish in injury time was in keeping with the home side’s overall superiority.
Brentford: Daniels – Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry – Mbeumo, Dasilva (Baptiste 81), Norgaard, Marcondes, Canos (Fosu 69) – Toney (Forss 72). Subs not used: Raya, Thompson, Sorensen, Zamburek