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Toney penalty sinks struggling Everton

Published on: 28 November 2021

Since the start of last season Brentford's Ivan Toney has scored all 11 of his penalties in league games - more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football

Brentford ended a five-match wait for a Premier League win with a home victory over Everton which extended the struggling Toffees' own winless run to seven games.

Ivan Toney coolly slotted in a 24th-minute penalty, awarded after Andros Townsend's high challenge on Frank Onyeka was reviewed by referee Darren England on the pitch-side monitor.

The goal ignited a largely uneventful start to a meeting between the two clubs rooted to the bottom of the Premier League's form table.

Salomon Rondon was denied an immediate equaliser by Bees goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez at close range and Abdoulaye Doucoure produced a superb tackle to thwart Vitaly Janelt at the other end moments later.

Everton dominated following half-time but Rondon - replacing the suspended Richarlison in attack - saw an attempt blocked and Iwobi shot straight at Fernandez as the visitors chased an equaliser to no avail.

The hosts climb to 12th in the table after surviving intense late pressure at the Brentford Community Stadium - above Rafael Benitez's side, who slip to 14th.

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Brentford pile pressure on Benitez

Both sides had managed to claim only a single point from their past five league matches - two fewer than any other side in the division.

But the table paints a far rosier picture for Brentford following this result. Having put an end to a four-game losing run with a draw at Newcastle last time out, the promoted side sit seven points clear of the relegation places heading into December.

It is the Bees home form in particular which will have concerned manager Thomas Frank before kick-off, with just four points to show from six games since promotion.

Yet, despite failing to win in front of their own supporters since beating Arsenal on the opening day, Toney oozed confidence as he stepped up for his penalty - the 25-year-old taking two steps and maintaining eye contact with Pickford as he rolled the ball into the bottom left corner.

It proved to be Toney's only touch in the Everton box all game, but it was enough to put the game beyond a toothless opposition.

Winless in their last 35 away league games when trailing at the break, a stuttering Everton side were unable to launch a second-half comeback and consequently find themselves on their longest winless run since April 2016.

Their dip in form has been stark. Benitez's men were fifth in the table after taking 13 points from their opening six fixtures, however they have earned just two more since then.

Doucoure's intervention to halt Janelt's progress gave his side hope for the second half, but in the continued absence of star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin they were unable to make their superiority count.

The defeat will further increase the pressure on former Liverpool manager Benitez ahead of a meeting with their bitter Merseyside rivals on Wednesday.

Player of the match

WissaYoane Wissa

with an average of 6.95

    BrentfordBrentfordBrentfordEvertonEvertonEverton

BrentfordAvgSquad number11Player nameWissaAverage rating

6.95

Squad number17Player nameToneyAverage rating

6.57

Squad number30Player nameRoerslevAverage rating

6.35

Squad number26Player nameBaptisteAverage rating

6.22

Squad number6Player nameNørgaardAverage rating

6.22

Squad number3Player nameHenryAverage rating

6.10

Squad number15Player nameOnyekaAverage rating

6.09

Squad number27Player nameJaneltAverage rating

6.01

Squad number7Player nameCanósAverage rating

5.93

Squad number19Player nameMbeumoAverage rating

5.89

Squad number40Player nameFernándezAverage rating

5.80

Squad number5Player namePinnockAverage rating

5.64

Squad number4Player nameGoodeAverage rating

5.53

Squad number18Player nameJanssonAverage rating

2.94

EvertonAvgSquad number11Player nameGrayAverage rating

5.35

Squad number16Player nameDoucouréAverage rating

5.27

Squad number14Player nameTownsendAverage rating

4.89

Squad number6Player nameAllanAverage rating

4.89

Squad number24Player nameGordonAverage rating

4.88

Squad number23Player nameColemanAverage rating

4.85

Squad number22Player nameGodfreyAverage rating

4.77

Squad number1Player namePickfordAverage rating

4.69

Squad number12Player nameDigneAverage rating

4.66

Squad number5Player nameKeaneAverage rating

4.58

Squad number17Player nameIwobiAverage rating

3.84

Squad number33Player nameRondónAverage rating

3.56

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsBrentford

Formation 3-5-2

40Fernández4Goode18Jansson5Pinnock7Canós15Onyeka6Nørgaard27Janelt3Henry17Toney19Mbeumo

    40Fernández4Goode18JanssonBooked at 66mins5Pinnock7CanósBooked at 51minsSubstituted forWissaat 87'minutes15OnyekaBooked at 43mins6NørgaardSubstituted forBaptisteat 70'minutes27Janelt3HenrySubstituted forRoerslevat 77'minutes17Toney19MbeumoBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

    2Thompson8Jensen9Forss11Wissa14Ghoddos26Baptiste29Bech Sørensen30Roerslev41Cox

Everton

Formation 4-4-1-1

1Pickford23Coleman22Godfrey5Keane12Digne14Townsend16Doucouré6Allan24Gordon17Iwobi33Rondón

    1Pickford23Coleman22GodfreyBooked at 80mins5Keane12Digne14TownsendBooked at 38minsSubstituted forGrayat 70'minutes16Doucouré6Allan24Gordon17Iwobi33RondónBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

    2Kenny8Delph11Gray15Begovic20Tosun25Gbamin32Branthwaite50Simms61Dobbin

Referee:Darren EnglandMatch StatsHome TeamBrentfordAway TeamEvertonPossessionHome40%Away60%ShotsHome6Away14Shots on TargetHome4Away5CornersHome3Away3FoulsHome8Away11Live TextPost update

Match ends, Brentford 1, Everton 0.

90'+6'Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Everton 0.

90'+6'Post update

Attempt missed. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

90'+4'Post update

Attempt saved. Yoane Wissa (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shandon Baptiste.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).

90'+3'Post update

Ivan Toney (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+2'Booking

Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

90'Post update

Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'Post update

Foul by Vitaly Janelt (Brentford).

89'Post update

Attempt saved. Alex Iwobi (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross.

88'Post update

Attempt blocked. Lucas Digne (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88'Post update

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ethan Pinnock.

87'Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Yoane Wissa replaces Sergi Canós because of an injury.

84'Post update

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (Everton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Séamus Coleman with a cross.

82'Post update

Dangerous play by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).

82'Post update

Frank Onyeka (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80'Booking

Ben Godfrey (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80'Post update

Foul by Ben Godfrey (Everton).

80'Post update

Ivan Toney (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80'Post update

Offside, Everton. Jordan Pickford tries a through ball, but Anthony Gordon is caught offside.

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