Brentford 1-1 Swansea City: Andre Ayew rescues Swans


Ivan Toney scores for Brentford
Ivan Toney’s 10th goal in eight games gave Brentford the lead over Swansea

Andre Ayew maintained Swansea’s unbeaten away record as they came from behind to gain a point at Brentford.

Championship leading scorer Ivan Toney netted from close range for his 10th goal of the season to give Brentford a first-half lead.

But Ayew struck from six yards with 14 minutes remaining to earn a point for Steve Cooper’s side in an entertaining game.

Swansea are unbeaten in five games and remain second in the table.

Brentford have not lost in three games and are up to eighth

Thomas Frank’s side had beaten Swansea 3-2 on aggregate in last season’s play-off semi-finals.

Both legs had been fiery affairs but Swans boss Cooper insisted that would have no bearing on the game at Brentford’s new Community Stadium home.

The Bees, after a mixed start to the season, had an impressive 3-0 win at Luton last Saturday while two home wins in a week had seen Swansea move into second spot.

And Swansea, with Kyle Naughton a late addition after Ben Cabango suffered an injury during the warm-up, started confidently although Ayew failed to capitalise on a mistake by Charlie Goode.

But Brentford grew into the game with Goode heading over and Henrik Dalsgaard dragging his shot wide of the post.

David Raya at the opposite end had to make two excellent saves to deny Naughton and Ayew but it was the hosts who went ahead nine minutes before the break.

Bryan Mbeumo combined with Mathias Jensen, whose cross from the byeline was turned in by Toney for his 10th goal in eight games.

Swansea came close within a minute of the restart, with Jamal Lowe’s curling effort testing Raya, but Brentford managed to get a firm grip on the game and Dalsgaard headed over.

The introduction of substitutes Matt Grimes and Kasey Palmer gave Swansea fresh impetus.

Grimes had already flashed a shot across the face of the Brentford goal before his cross found Ayew, whose fifth goal of the season levelled the score.

Ayew had the ball in the net in stoppage time but his header was ruled out for offside.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told BBC Radio London:

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“It was a good and interesting game between two sides who wanted to dominate and take the initiative.

“I think both teams had their spells when they were on top and second half, I don’t think we hit a good level.

“That happens sometimes, some games you just need to dig in and work hard, try and do your best, which I think the players did.

“We didn’t play particularly well in the second half, but neither did Swansea. There was a lot of back and forth, but with their goal, we need to defend that better.”

Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper said:

“We had numerous chances in the game to win comfortably. Obviously we were disappointed to go in 1-0 down.

“We thought that we were comfortable in the game and Freddie [Woodman] didn’t have a save to make all game. Their keeper made two world-class saves in the early stages.

“But I thought in the second half we were brilliant. Little bit of mixed feelings but we can’t be disappointed with the performance.

“You wish after a performance like that coming here that it would be three points instead of one, because it should have been.”

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 76mins
  • 4Goode
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3Henry
  • 9MarcondesBooked at 57minsSubstituted forJaneltat 69′minutes
  • 8Jensen
  • 14Dasilva
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forForssat 84′minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 17Toney
  • 20GhoddosSubstituted forCanósat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 7Canós
  • 15Forss
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 27Janelt
  • 28Daniels
  • 36Stevens

Swansea

  • 1Woodman
  • 26Naughton
  • 2Bennett
  • 5Guehi
  • 23Roberts
  • 6FultonSubstituted forGrimesat 60′minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 24Bidwell
  • 21DhandaSubstituted forPalmerat 61′minutes
  • 10A Ayew
  • 9LoweSubstituted forGyökeresat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Manning
  • 8Grimes
  • 13Benda
  • 14Gyökeres
  • 15Routledge
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 45Palmer

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