Toney's 12th secures another West London derby win for Brentford against neighbours QPR
Brentford 2 QPR 1
Vitaly Janelt scored his first goal for Brentford and Ivan Toney his 12th of the season as Rangers claimed the spoils in the West London derby.
Rangers had plenty of possession but the equaliser they got from Lyndon Dykes was all they could manage and they had Todd Kane sent off seven minutes from time for a second yellow.
It was a familiar sinking feeling for Rangers, who have lost 19 of their past 20 Friday night matches and it is 17 years since they last won at Brentford with that famous last minute winner from Marc Bircham.
With the prospect of fans being admitted to the Brentford Community Stadium for the first time next week against Blackburn, the home side's anticipation will only have been heightened by this win, which extended their unbeaten run to seven games.
German midfielder Janelt popped up to strike a first-time shot low into the bottom corner from just outside the box to give the Bees the lead after 14 minutes.
The ball was laid into his path nicely by Rico Henry, who had received a cross from Bryan Mbeumo that had been flicked on by Toney.
Moments later, and the lead could easily have doubled as a miscued clearance from Seny Dieng invited Emiliano Marcondes to have a crack at goal. The Rangers keeper atoned by diving to his right to keep it out.
But it was Rangers who scored next to level it after 26 minutes – a fine ball in from the right behind a retreating defence by Bright Osayi-Samuel that was put away at the far post by Dykes for the Scottish striker’s fifth Rangers goal of the season.
There was a real heart-in-the-mouth moment for the hosts when Chris Willock's through ball appeared to put Dykes in the clear, only for Mads Bech Sorensen to bundle the striker over.
It was very close to being called a penalty and a red card but ref Matt Donohue judged it was just outside the box and only brandished yellow. Yoann Barbet’s subsequent free-kick found the side-netting.
Ilias Chair, whose clever backheel instigated the move, then tested David Raya with a tricky swerving shot from outside the box, which the Bees keeper saved. Dykes then missed a glorious chance, slicing horribly wide, after being found by Dominic Ball.
Thomas Frank rang the changes at half-time, bringing on Pontus Jansson and switching to three at the back. Matt Jensen was also introduced to add greater guile in midfield.
Rangers started the second half as they ended the first – having most of the ball and starting on the front foot. But once again the Bees got their noses in front against the run of play in the 64th minute – this time Toney stooping at the near post to head home a whipped-in free-kick from Marcondes.
The Bees looked the more dangerous side after that and they entered the final stages with a man advantage after Kane was dismissed following a clumsy high boot on Bees sub Marcus Forss.
Brentford: David Raya – Dalsgaard (Jansson h/t), Pinnock, Bech Sorensen, Henry – Marcondes (Forss 71), Janelt, Dasilva (Jensen h/t) – Mbeumo (Ghoddos 87), Toney, Fosu (Canos 71). Subs not used: Thompson, Daniels, Presley, Stevens
QPR: Dieng – Kane, Dickie, Barbet, Hamalainen (Bonne 85) – Ball (Adomah 79), Carroll – Osayi-Samuel, Chair, Willock (Thomas 73) – Dykes. Subs not used: Wallace, Masterson, Kakay, Bettache, Kelman, Kelly