West Ham United v Brentford – Premier League – London Stadium – Report
West Ham United 1-2 Brentford
Brentford substitute, Yoane Wissa struck deep in added time to condemn West Ham United to a second successive Premier League defeat at the London Stadium.
Brentford’s immediate impact on the Premier League has been both welcome and refreshing. Hammers boss, David Moyes insisted the Bees eyecatching arrival had not come as a shock: “I have been impressed but not surprised,” the Scotsman explained.
“They have put together a really strong squad, they are well-coached and a well-run football club so I do not think anybody should be surprised by it but we have to try and get a victory on Sunday.”
Indeed, it was the impressive Bees who started the better – Bryan Mbeuma clipping the top of the bar with a ferocious effort from distance, and then nodding narrowly wide after Rico Henry had picked him out from the left.
Lukasz Fabianski scooped away Ivan Toney’s awkward attempt, while Sergi Canos’ saw his strike deflected behind by Declan Rice as the Hammers remained firmly on the back foot. Nevertheless, having sat and admired during the opening stages, West Ham almost grabbed the lead – Kurt Zouma heading Aaron Cresswell’s beautifully flighted flag-kick the wrong side of an upright from close range.
But Brentford continued to look the more likely and it came as little surprise when they took the lead midway through the half. Mbeumo was aided by goalline technology after Fabianski had saved Canols’s initial attempt, then slid unsuccessfully towards the Frenchman’s follow-up.
West Ham, perhaps unsurprisingly, appeared leggy following their Europa League exploits three days previous. Said Benrahma, facing his former employers, tested Bees stopper, David Raya with a speculative attempt, and then sent another attempt marginally the wrong side of an upright as the hosts looked to build up a head of steam.
Benrahma’s fizzing free-kick was tipped over by Raya, and then smothered Jarrod Bowen’s advances as the hosts continued to probe after the restart.
Bowen nodded agonisingly wide after Vladimir Coufal had picked the pocket of Zanka and delivered from the right. Soon after, Coufal ran into traffic as Brentford were forced to defend deeply and in numbers.
But with the buffer of a goal, Brentford could pick and chose their moments. Substitute, Mathias Jenson almost finding a way through as the hosts dawdled defensively.
But with little over ten minutes remaining, West Ham found a way through. Creswell’s corner was nodded on by both Rice and Tomas Soucek – Bowen arrived to thunder home, right-footed at the far post.
Both Antonio and Soucek were unable to provide a killer touch to Rice’s pinpoint centre. And that proved costly as Brentford pinched it in stoppage-time. Wissa struck a ferocious winner after Fabianski had pushed out Janssen’s initial header.
West Ham United return to Premier League action on Sunday, October 17 when they face Everton at Goodison Park (2pm).
West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice (Capt), Souček, Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma, Antonio Subs not used: Areola (GK), Johnson, Masuaku, Dawson, Diop, Král, Lanzini, Vlašić, Yarmolenko
Booked: Kurt Zouma (foul), Declan Rice (foul)
Goals: Jarrod Bowen 79’
Brentford: Raya, Jansson (Capt), Zanka, Pinnock, Canós, Nørgaard, Baptiste (Jensen 29’), Onyeka (Bidstrup 82’), Henry, Toney, Mbeuma (Wissa 82’) Subs not used: Fernández, Goode, Forss, Ghoddos, Roerslev
Booked: Christian Nørgaard (foul), Sergi Canos (foul), Zanka (foul)
Goals: Bryan Mbeuma 21’, Yoane Wissa 90+3′
Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistants: Ian Hussin and James Mainwaring
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson
VAR: Andre Marriner
Assistant VAR: Mark Scholes