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  • By Alessandro Schiavone at Gtech Community Stadium

Vitaly Janelt rescues late point for Bees in 1-1 draw against Everton in West London




Brentford 1-1 Everton


Anthony Gordon 1-0 (24')

Vitaly Janelt 1-1 (84')


Match Report by Alessandro Schiavone at Gtech Community Stadium



Brentford and Everton played out a 1-1 draw in West London as Vitaly Janelt's 84th-minute tap-in cancelled out Anthony Gordon's opener 60 minutes earlier.


Brentford were all over Everton but in the end all they mustered was a single goal despite their hegemony throughout the encounter.


Had they buried half the amount of chances they created they would have won this game hands down.


But it didn't and despite managing a late leveller the share of the spoils will feel like a defeat for either side.


For Everton because they conceded six minutes before time and for Brentford...well their wastefulness reached unprecedented levels today.


How Thomas Frank must have wished to have a player with the finishing touch and ruthless streak of Anthony Gordon.


The Toffees’ starlet, who is being heavily linked with a move to West London neighbours Chelsea across the road, put his side up with a diagonal finish on 24 minutes.


And few people in the newly-named Gtech Community Stadium saw that coming as Brentford were asking nearly all the questions without scoring.


Eight minutes into the game Bryan Mbeumo, unmarked, guided a first-time effort wide after good footwork from Rico Henri, going for placement rather than power.


That missed chance was a prelude to a frustrating and nervy game awaiting the Bees.


And only minutes later it was Mathias Jensen’s turn to be denied by the post from distance.


Seconds later Bees keeper David Raya effortlessly collected Gordon’s central shot.


But the youngster was luckier seven minutes later when his near-surgical left-footed finish from Conor Coady’s ball forward found the far corner.


Brentford were trailing again, for the third time this season. And if against Leicester City and Fulham falling behind triggered a reaction today it wasn’t necessary as Brentford had been outplaying their opponents.


But for the third time in an unfortunate first 45 minutes they failed to score as Ivan Toney’s poacher’s free header glanced off the far post before Yoane Wissa made a hash of the follow-up by firing over.


Everton really got away with some suicidal defending. From the left or through the middle, Brentford took Everton to the cleaners.


On the stroke of half-time Mbeumo’s audacious curler was deflected wide. If against Manchester United the Bees scored with each shot on goal, this time their end product wasn’t as immaculate.


The second period continued like the first one ended with Norgaard’s overhead kick following a flick-on in a crowded area glanced off the crossbar.


It just looked like it wasn't going to be Brentford’s afternoon. But their lack of goals was the only stick Frank can use to beat his players with as his player’s application and dedication were indisputable.


Not resigned to their fate, the hosts kept throwing caution to the wind by forcing the issue. But without much success. It just wasn’t to be. And on 70 minutes substitute Janelt’s low header was clawed away by England international Pickford.


But the German finally got Brentford off the mark with a far-post tap to settle some nerves and earn a well-deserved point.


It came after a a schoolboy error by Nathan Patterson, who played Vitaly onside. And the former VFL Bochum midfielder, who hit the ground running in this game by providing his side with a great amount of energy and attacking output, pounced on.


Yet one can only wonder how the Toffees’ first-team coach Ashley Cole would have defended in that situation in his pomp.


Maybe the pair will hold talks this week in a bid to ensure it won’t happen again anytime soon.


Brentford FC


1 David Raya- 2 Aaron Hickey- 3 Rico Henry- 6 Christian Norgaard-8 Mathias Jensen-10 Josh DaSilva- 11 Yoane Wissa- 13 Zanka- 16 Ben Mee-17 Ivan Toney-19 Bryan Mbeumo


Everton FC


1 Jordan Pickford- 2 James Tarkowski- 3 Nathan Patterson- 4 Mason Holgate- 7 Dwight McNeil- 8 Amadou Onana- 10 Anthony Gordon-11 Demarai Gray- 17 Alexander Iwobi- 19 Vitalii Mykolenko- 30 Conor Coady

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