Brentford 2 – 1 B’mouth

Brentford strengthened their bid for promotion from the Sky Bet Championship after an important 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Dominic Solanke – who was denied the opening goal within seconds of kick-off – gave Bournemouth the lead their energetic start deserved (25), before a powerful header from Henrik Dalsgaard restored parity in west London at the break (37).

There was a noticeably lower tempo approach from both sides after the break, but it was Thomas Frank’s men who managed to force a late winner when winger Bryan Mbeumo located substitute Tariqe Fosu, who headed in from close range (79).

Brentford move above Swansea – who face Reading later this evening – into second after their 16th game in all competitions without defeat, while the Cherries sit fourth, with a game in hand on many teams around them.

Bees sting Bournemouth in final game of 2021

With their Boxing Day clash with Millwall called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak at The Den, Bournemouth had a break of 11 days between their draw with Luton on December 19 and the trip to the capital – and they looked greatly reinvigorated as a result.

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Brentford extended their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth

Within 40 seconds of the first whistle, they almost made it count, when Solanke hooked a shot goalwards from Jefferson Lerma’s through ball that looked destined to trickle over the line before Bees skipper Pontus Jansson recovered to clear on the line.

Brentford responded well, with Sergi Canos recording their best chance of the half when he dragged inches wide of the right-hand post, but Solanke netted the opener when he connected with Lloyd Kelly’s awkward delivery from the left to fire past David Raya and into the roof of the net.

Several smart stops from Asmir Begovic had prevented the hosts scoring but the goalkeeper was denied a fifth straight clean sheet when right-back Dalsgaard leapt to meet Mathias Jensen’s corner and power home a deserved equaliser.

The two sides matched each other for the majority of a low-key second half, but with 11 minutes to play, Mbeumo carved space for himself in the area with some smart footwork and looped a cross to the far post, where Fosu headed in.

There was even time for Jensen to try and extend the Bees’ lead in stoppage-time, but Begovic was again forced into action when the Dane struck goalwards after Ivan Toney’s square ball.

Man of the match – Mathias Jensen

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Mathias Jensen provided the assist for Henrik Dalsgaard’s opener against Bournemouth

Sky Sports’ Keith Andrews…

“He was outstanding. He did the simple things well and, with the level of quality on the football pitch, he shone in terms of his technical ability. A brilliant performance.”

What’s next?

Both sides are next in action on Saturday, January 2. Brentford host Bristol City at the Brentford Community Stadium at 3pm, while Bournemouth travel to the bet365 Stadium to face Stoke at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football.

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