Ivan Toney and Mathias Jensen fired Brentford up to eighth in the Premier League as Bournemouth’s cave in continued.
Ivan Toney first-half penalty, which the Cherries’ supervisor Gary O’Neil branded ‘“scandalous”, and Jensen’s late strike earned a 2-0 win and inflicted a sixth straight defeat for the reason that the World Cup on the freefalling visitors, all considering the fact that O’Neil was once made their everlasting manager.
It was once a 1/3 consecutive Premier League win for the hosts and made it seven video games unbeaten, a run which consists of victories over Liverpool and Manchester City.
Thomas Frank’s enterprising aspect are now beforehand of Liverpool, whilst solely defeats for West Ham and Everton saved Bournemouth out of the relegation zone.
Bournemouth, nevertheless besides a Premier League purpose given that the season restarted after the World Cup, should have long gone beforehand when Philip Billing swung in a pass for Kieffer Moore, however the Wales striker’s header landed on the roof of the net.
The site visitors had been compelled into a first-half alternate when Lewis Cook, damage in an beforehand 50-50 venture with Jensen, tried in useless to proceed earlier than admitting defeat, with Ben Pearson changing him.
Brentford took the lead moments later when Toney, lower back after lacking two fits with a knee injury, chased a excessive ball from Yoane Wissa.
The striker was once grappled to the ground via the defender Marcos Senesi, giving the referee, Jarred Gillett, what appeared a easy penalty decision. VAR would possibly have noticed Toney clearly keeping on to the defender’s arm till they reached the box, however the selection stood.
“Ivan Toney has managed to lock Marcos’s arm beneath him and pulled him down,” O’Neil stated afterwards. “In this day and age with VAR it’s scandalous. I’ve spoken to the referee and advised him I anticipate an apology. I notion it used to be a horrible decision.
“We had the identical referee in the playoff semi-final right here two years in the past and I thinking he was once equally as awful this nighttime as he was once then. I thinking it was once a unusual recreation to supply him.
But he have to have been helped via VAR. Live I can see how it used to be given, however how we can’t then come to the proper choice is scandalous.”
Undeterred via the controversy, Toney, who is nevertheless to omit a penalty for Brentford, duly took his file to 21 profitable spot-kicks for the club. It was once the 26-year-old’s 14th intention of the season and his sixth in his final 5 appearances: Brentford will sorely pass over him if he is banned by means of the Football Association over alleged breaches of making a bet rules.
Brentford persisted to assault after the wreck and Josh Dasilva’s chip floated over the bar earlier than the Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto denied Christian Nørgaard and Bryan Mbeumo. Wissa then had an chance at the a long way publish however his volley flew nicely over.
Bournemouth’s pleasant danger to equalise fell to the alternative Siriki Dembélé, who shook off three defenders earlier than hitting a effective force which used to be saved by way of David Raya.
However, Brentford straight away broke up the different quit and Jensen transformed Dasilva’s go from the side of the field to wrap up every other remarkable win.
“I’m very thrilled with the boys,” the Brentford manager Thomas Frank said. “I knew it would be a tough game. I don’t accept as true with in defining video games of the season, however I stated to the boys: ‘This is a defining-ish game.’
“Bournemouth are a comparable group to us, similar-sized club, comparable budget, and we had to make certain we are certainly bang-on, and I can’t reward the lads sufficient for doing that.”
As for O’Neil’s response to the penalty, Frank said: “I suppose scandalous is a massive phrase to use. I’d be disenchanted with my defenders if they defended like that.”
“I’d as an alternative speak about the gamers and performance,” stated O’Neil when he used to be requested about Bournemouth’s parlous league position, one factor above the relegation zone. “They labored their socks off to the end. I didn’t assume there used to be plenty in the sport in opposition to a top side.