Premier League Nothing to separate Brentford and Brighton in close-fought contest

There was nothing to separate Brentford and Brighton and Hove Albion in a tight and goalless affair at Gtech Community Stadium on Wednesday.

Both sides did their best to edge a keenly fought contest, but neither was able to find a decisive breakthrough in west London. Thomas Frank named an unchanged side to the one that had been so dominant in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United just four days earlier.

The one change to the matchday squad saw Sergio Reguilón return from his one-game suspension to take a place on the bench in place of Ryan Trevitt. The visitors made four changes from Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

Top scorer Joao Pedro returned to lead the line for the Seagulls and was one of four changes as Igor Julio, Adam Lallana and Facundo Buonanotte also came back into the side. An even opening 10 minutes saw no clear-cut opportunities for either side. Pascal Grob’s low cross from the left threatened slightly but the away side failed to make the most of the half-chance.

Brentford fashioned the match’s best opening moments later. A patient move from back to front saw Lewis-Potter’s clever flick find its way around the corner into Mathias Jensen. The midfielder, who was making his 200th appearance for the club on the night, then laid it back to the wide man before his cross was turned just around the wrong side of the near post by the arriving Yoane Wissa.

Joel Veltman met Grob’s long diagonal pass into the area and Flekken did well to hold on to the ball, with the German midfielder then firing over on the turn on 22 minutes. Jensen worked his way to the byline but had his cross well gathered by Bart Verbruggen before Wissa proved a thorn in the Brighton side once more.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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