- Brentford were thrashed 4-1 at home by Wolves on Wednesday
- The Bees, who were without ten players through injury or suspension, are in 14th place and just four points above the relegation zone
Brentford suffered their fourth consecutive Premier League defeat this season after losing the Brentford vs Wolves fixture on Wednesday. The Bees were thrashed 4-1 at home by a tougher Wolves side who previously recorded victories over the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
The first four goals of the match were scored in the first half, with the visitors taking the lead inside 13 minutes through Mario Lemina. Wolves added a second goal 12 seconds after the hosts restarted play and made an error at the back that led to Hwang Hee-chan tapping into an empty net after rounding the goalkeeper.
Brentford responded to the set back two minutes later through Yoane Wissa, who fired past Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa after being fed the ball by Neal Maupay. That was the only time the home fans celebrated as from there, it was all Wolves. Hwang increased his team’s advantage to two goals in the 28th minute before Jean-Ricner Bellegarde sealed the win for the visitors in the second half.
This is the first time in nearly two years that Brentford have lost four times in a row. The Bees, who were without ten players through injury or suspension, are in 14th place and just four points above the relegation zone. Speaking after the 4-1 defeat at home, Brentford boss Thomas Frank said his side played well but made mistakes at the back that cost them.
“When it rains it pours. This moment in time it doesn’t go our way. We had so many promising attacks and big chances that could have given us a little bit. But it didn’t. We performed well, we just made too many big mistakes that killed the game. We made two big mistakes, which doesn’t help us, and we conceded two other goals we definitely could avoid. But let’s give a bit of credit to Wolves.” BBC Sports quotes Thomas Frank.
Brentford Vs Wolves
Brentford made three changes from the team that lost to Aston Villa a few days ago, with Nathan Collins, Yehor Yarmoliuk and Neal Maupay coming in for Ben Mee, Zanka and Mikkel Damsgaard. On the other hand, Wolves were without the injured Craig Dawson, who was replaced by Santi Bueno.
In a breathless first half, Wolves scored from the first clear chance they had when a cleared corner landed on Pablo Sarabia’s path, who curled in a glorious ball that was directed home by Mario Lemina. When Brentford were preparing a comeback, it all went from bad to worse just after the restart as Hwang pounced on a short backpass to increase the visitors lead. The South Korean winger rounded the goalkeeper before slotting the ball home.
But when it seemed as things were getting darker for the hosts, Yoane Wissa pulled a goal back in the 14th minute after being released by Maupay. The hosts could have levelled the scores shortly afterwards but Janelt’s close-ranger header was brilliantly saved by Sa.
Hwang scored his second goal of the night in the 28th minute after being found by Toti, who cut Brentford’s long ball. The hosts could have reduced their deficits to perhaps 3-2 before the break but Sa somehow ensured this does not happen as he stopped Wissa from scoring again.
Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, who was on for the injured Hwang, put the game to bed in the 79th minute after being set on goal by Cunha. This was a big win for Wolves and manger Gary O’Neil was impressed by his players.
“We were very clinical. You don’t win by that score too many times away in the Premier League, so it’s one for the fans to enjoy. Brentford were aggressive. We didn’t have loads of control but we had big opportunities to go one-on-one and we caused them problems.” Gary O’Neil is quoted by BBC Sports.