Brentford’s first half costs them vs Brighton as January investment made clear for Thomas Frank

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Brentford’s return to Premier League action was a disappointing one as they slumped to defeat against Brighton.

First-half goals from Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay gave the Seagulls the advantage at the break. Thomas Frank’s side were improved in the second half, but the damage was already done.

Brentford reporter Uzzi Majid looked at the talking points from last night’s 2-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium.

Poor first half

Other than a 15-minute spell where Brentford looked lively without really testing Robert Sanchez, to say the first half was embarrassing would be quite the understatement. The frustrating thing is that Brighton didn’t really have to work hard for both goals either.

A poor free-kick from Mads Bech gave possession back to the Seagulls, and a defence-splitting pass from Enock Mwepu found Leandro Trossard, whose lob caught Alvaro Fernandez in no man’s land. For the second goal, Sergi Canos carelessly gave the ball away, with former Bee Neal Maupay scoring a thunderbolt into the top right corner.

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Improved second half

The Bees were much improved in the second half, with Shandon Baptiste seeing his deflected drive saved by Sanchez’s leg. Ethan Pinnock went close with two headers, one being clawed away by Sanchez and the other cleared off the line by Marc Cucurella.

They had a legitimate claim for a penalty turned down, when Ivan Toney was wiped out by Tariq Lamptey in the penalty. However, referee Darren England saw things differently and booked the striker for diving. Ultimately, that summed up Brentford’s night and it was too little too late.

Squad depth

Brentford’s squad has been decimated with a combination of COVID and injuries at the worst possible time. Vitaly Janelt missed out with the former, and the Bees missed his physicality in midfield massively. Dominic Thompson was drafted in for Rico Henry for his first Premier League start, after the latter had an issue with his hamstring in the defeat against Chelsea.

Mads Bech was another one drafted in for his first Premier League start since the opening day. January is around the corner and it is massive Brentford invest in the key areas, to avoid getting drawn into a relegation battle. The likes of David Raya and Kristoffer Ajer have been missed and their return can’t come soon enough.

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Manchester massacre?

The small matter of current Premier League leaders, Manchester City await Brentford on Wednesday night. Pep Guardiola’s side have scored just the 17 goals in their last three league games, and judging by the Bees’ display last night, they’ll be relishing the opportunity to inflict more goals and misery on Thomas Frank’s side.

Many Brentford fans may well be dreading it. Some will rightly point out City conceded three goals yesterday, but in truth, Leicester possess far more quality to trouble teams like Guardiola’s, whereas Brentford simply don’t at this moment of time. If the Bees aren’t careful, they could be staring at a record Premier League defeat.

Source by Football London

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