FT: Brentford 1-2 Fulham. The Cottagers are back in the Premier League! It wasn't pretty, but Fulham were the better side, had the better chances, and are going up thanks to Bryan's brace!
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Brentford - Fulham
Championship - 4 August 2020
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GOAL! Brentford 1-2 Fulham (Dalsgaard). Late hope? Brentford send a free-kick into the box and Dalsgaard turns it in after a scramble.
Fulham have a two-on-one break and Knockaert squares to Cavaleiro, but Raya makes himself big and denies Fulham.
Cavaleiro booked. He won't care.
Four more minutes added on.
- GoalJoe BryanFulham
GOAL! Brentford 0-2 Fulham (Bryan). He's done it again! Rather than take the ball into the corner, Fulham look to keep possession. Bryan charges forward, gets the ball, plays a one-two with Mitrovic to go through on goal and then dinks the ball past Raya to double the lead!
A cross sent into Fulham's box falls for Pinnock, but his shot is easily saved.
Shortly after doing well to claim a low cross, Rodak goes down with cramp. Naturally.
Canos wins a free-kick in a really good position. Benrahma takes but can't beat the wall.
Brentford work an opening for Fosu, but Bryan comes across to take the ball off him.
Odoi is departing too, slowly, and Christie takes his place.
Onomah, who has been good, makes way for Le Marchand.
Marcondes has a go from range but it's harmless.
Quite, but a very clever one at that.
- OffRico HenryBrentford
- OnTarique FosuBrentford
Fosu comes on for Henry as Brentford start the second period of extra time.
Can Brentford respond? They have chucked Dervisoglu on for Jensen.
- GoalJoe BryanFulham
GOAL! Brentford 0-1 Fulham (Bryan). Quick thinking from Bryan, but the goalie has had a shocker! With the free-kick near the halfway line, Raya expects it to be sent into the mixer, but Bryan sees he is off his line and fires goalwards instead, beating Raya at the near post. Wow!
- Yellow cardAleksandar MitrovicFulham
Now Mitrovic is booked for throwing Marcondes to the floor.
- Yellow cardChristian NørgaardBrentford
Raya comes way off his line to head away a long clearance from his opposition number, but sends the ball to Onoma and Norgaard must take one for the team to prevent an opening.
Knockaert pulls down Henry to go into the book. Benrahma's inviting free-kick is headed away.
- Yellow cardMichael HectorFulham
Hector goes into Norgaard clumsily and is booked. He pulled out just enough two avoid that being a two-footed tackle.
Brentford continue to grow into the game and put together a nice move which culminates in Benrahma slipping in Henry on the left. He cuts the ball back to Jensen, but Fulham have bodies there and block the shot.
Raya slices a clearance to Kamara, who then lets fly from range, but Raya saves.
Watkins makes a good run to the near post and Canos finds him, but Watkins can't make a clean connection as Hector slides in. Brentford's best chance by far.
FT: Brentford 0-0 Fulham. Extra time it is. I think most would rather we skipped straight to penalties.
- OffBobby ReidFulham
- OnAleksandar MitrovicFulham
Mitrovic is finally on! Decordova-Reid departs.
Benrahma's ball sails harmlessly out of play.
Three added minutes, as Watkins holds the ball up really well and wins a free-kick inside the Fulham half.
- Yellow cardMathias JensenBrentford
As Fulham look to break, Jensen trips Knockaert off the ball and is booked. Very cynical.
Onomah outmuscles Pinnock and hits a bouuncing ball on the turn, but blasts well over.
- OffJosh DasilvaBrentford
- OnSergi CanosBrentford
Canos on for Dasilva.
Dalsgaard's eyes light up but he shoots over from the edge of the box.
You can forgive Brentford fans' nerves.
Mitrovic has been told to put a bib back on.
- OffNeeskens KebanoFulham
- OnAnthony KnockaertFulham
Kebano makes way for Knockaert.
Mitrovic and Knockaert will be on shortly. Big guns.
A rare moment of comedy as Benrahma's flick hits team-mate Jensen who is on the floor.
Fulham attack down the right but have few players in the box and Kebano's cross is too close to Raya, who claims.
Reed makes an interception in the opposition half and has a pop, but sends the ball well over.
Watkins is fond in space on the edge of the box and has time to steady himself and then shoot. Watkins hits it well, but it's too close to Rodak who tips over.
Marcondes takes the free-kick and gets it badly wrong. With that, time for a drinks break.
- Yellow cardTom CairneyFulham
Back-to-back Brentford corners ultimately result in Cairney sliding in on Benrahma and giving away a free-kick 25 yards from goal. He's booked.
Bet he would have loved that Decordova-Reid chance to fall his way.
Hector gets his head on the end of a firm corner but cannot hit the target, being closely marked throughout.
- OffBryan MbeumoBrentford
- OnEmiliano MarcondesBrentford
Marcondes, who scored the winner when these two met at Craven Cottage earlier in the season, takes the place of Mbeumo. It's been a quiet, frustrating game for Mbeumo.
Decordova-Reid squanders the best chance of the game yet! Following nice build-up play, a cross from the right gets past the first line of defence and falls to Decordova-Reid, who hits it on the swivel but slices narrowly wide.
A lovely flick takes Benrahma into space and he finds Jensen in a good area, but the Dane's touch lets him down.
Brentford are getting forward in numbers better since the break, Dasilva especially. This time Mbeumo slips him in on the right, but the end product is lacking.
Mbeumo, frustrated, fells Kamara in midfield.
Benrahma jinks into the Fulham box for the first time and gets a shot off, but it is blocked. Half-hearted appeals for a penalty are waved away.
Jensen, who has been very quiet, dispossesses Reed on the edge of the Brentford box. The Bees' midfield has not had an easy time of it so far.
Dasilva goes on something of a mazy run on the right but runs out of room and is unsuccessful in his attempt to win a free-kick.
The free-kick is right of the goal, 20 yards out, Kebano takes and sends the ball into the side netting. Were there Fulham fans in the stadium, they would have thought that was in.
Henry clatters into Decordova-Reid and presents Fulham with a free-kick in a really dangerous area.
Here's the Reed tackle from earlier - Brentford's social-media team clearly unimpressed.
And we're back.
HT: Brentford 0-0 Fulham. It has been tight and tense, but Fulham have played the better football and had the better chances. It remains goalless, but Parker will certainly be the happier of the two managers.
One added minute.
Watkins peels off to the left and plays a smart return pass to Dasilva, but Dasilva loses his footing and Brentford lose the ball. Still pretty cagey.
Bryan does well to stop Mbeumo and win a set piece inside his own box.
Reed picks out Odoi nicely - in space on the right - and he cuts inside to shoot, but the effort is blocked.
Brentford need to get him on the ball more.
Kamara back in the middle for Fulham now.
Watkins collides with Rodak in the goalmouth and is penalised.
A textbook orange card I would say.
Reed and Norgaard go for a 50-50 and the on-loan Southampton man wins some of the ball before catching Norgaard on the follow-through. There was a hint of studs, but his foot was fairly low and the referee opts for a yellow card. No VAR here, so we can get on the game, but Reed is perhaps a bit fortunate.
Time for the first drinks break. Fulham have been the stronger side so far, but there were signs lately that Brentford are growing into the game.
Mbeumo is then inches away from getting on the end of another cross at the back post, but Hector makes a vital interjection to take the ball out of his path.
Henry advances down theh Brentford left and crosses for Mbeumo, whose looping header is saved with ease.
Reed takes the corner and it's put behind for another. Bryan comes over to take the next - he's left-footed - but goes short to Kebano and ultimately it comes to nothing.
A speculative Decordova-Reid effort from range is deflected behind for a corner.
Cairney finds Onomah in the Brentford box and he in turn funds room to shoot from a tight angle, but Raya makes an excellent save to deny him.
Fulham win the first corner of the match, via Kebano, but it comes to nothing.
Norgaard loses his footing on the edge of the Fulham box after a clip from Reed, but nothing is given.
Massive let-off for Raya! He takes a loose touch and then gives the ball away inside his own box, but neither Decordova-Reid or Kabano can get a shot away and the Bees scramble clear.
Brentford blues tonight.
Mbeumo takes and hits the wall. Benrahma collects the rebound but crosses into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Benrahma indeed comes inside, collects a knock-down and is fouled by Hector. Brentford free-kick right of centre, perhaps 30 yards from goal.
Benrahma looks a little uncomfortable after a collision, but is in the process of running it off.
Fulham's attack looks fairly fluid thus far. Kamara is on the left at present, with Decordova-Reid central.
Onomah makes a little space for himself and shoots from 30 yards, but Raya makes a decent low save and holds on to the ball.
Brentford send an early free-kick towards the Fulham box and a semi-clearance falls to Dalsgaard, who shoots, but his effort is blocked and Fulham do then clear fully.
Following a knee in unison, Fulhham get the game underway. Martin Atkinson is our referee.
Now the national anthem is performed from outside the ground. Slightly surreal.
Accompanied by Rihanna and Kanye West, the players make their way onto the pitch. Brentford are in navy shirts, Fulham will be in their traditional white.
While Fulham are attempting to return to the Premier League at the first attempt, Brentford have not been in the top flight since 1947.
None of those stats flatter Fulham, so here's a hype video from them.
Whereas Mitrovic is the only Fulham player to hit double figures for league goals this season, Brentford have three - Watkins, Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo. They have scored 59 between them - cue puns about the BMW driving into the Premier League.
The Premier League is the big time as far these clubs are concerned, but in terms of players there are few who can be considered as big-time as Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the subject of today's Euro Papers.
Brentford twice beat the Cottagers this season - 1-0 before the lockdown and 2-0 afterwards.
Fulham are winless in the last five meetings between these two, and have only one win the last 10.
Denis Odoi, Tim Ream, Tom Cairney and Kamara all started when they won this match two seasons ago - subs Mitrovic and Marcus Bettinelli too - while Cyrus Christie came off the bench and so too did Josh Onomah, albeit for the other team.
Nine players in the Fulham squad have played in the play-off final before - none in Brentford's have.
Speaking on TV pre-match, Scott Parker says Mitrovic has trained for two days and looked good, but he opted against starting him as he is conscious this match could go longer than 90 minutes. Starting Kamara, for the first time post-restart, over Anthony Knockaert is tactical, Parker confirms.
Ollie Watkins and Mitrovic have both scored 26 Championship goals this term - the division’s highest total. Mitrovic won the golden boot, with one of Watkins' strikes coming in the last game.
It's rather different, but still a lovely sight.
As for Fulham, the massive news is that Aleksandar Mitrovic is only on the bench. If they play a 4-2-3-1 as I am imagining they will, Aboubakar Kamara - one of two changes - may well be the main man, with Bobby Decordova-Reid a little deeper, but that remains to be seen. Even beyond Mitrovic, there is some firepower on that bench.
FULHAM: Rodak, Hector, Odoi, Bryan, Ream, Cairney, Reed, Kebano, Cordova-Reid, Onomah, Kamara. Subs: Bettinelli, Sessegnon, Christie, Le Marchand, McDonald, Johansen, Knockaert, Cavaleiro, Mitrovic.
Brentford make one change to the side which overcame Swansea City in the semi-final second leg. Josh Dasilva is the player who comes into the side in place of Emiliano Marcondes, playing as them member of the midfield three with perhaps the most licence to get forward. Pontus Jansson stays in the centre of defence despite his error letting the Swans back into that game, while the 'BMW' is of course deployed in attack.
BRENTFORD: Raya, Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry, Norgaard, Jensen, Dasilva, Mbeumo, Benrahma, Watkins. Subs: Daniels, Canos, Valencia, Marcondes, Dervisoglu, Jeanvier, Fosu, Roerslev, Zamburek.
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