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Toney scores as Brentford sink bottom club Saints

Published on: 15 March 2023

Ivan Toney has scored 17 goals in 26 appearances across all competitions for Brentford this season

Ivan Toney scored one and assisted another as Brentford boosted their European hopes and heaped further misery on bottom club Southampton with a win at St Mary's.

Toney tapped in Christian Norgaard's flick-on after a Bryan Mbeumo corner in the 32nd minute.

And in second-half injury-time his header sent through Yoane Wissa who calmly doubled the visitors' lead.

Victory saw the Bees move up to eighth in the Premier League table.

Southampton stay 20th, two points off safety having played one game more than most of their relegation rivals.

Saints' best opportunity for an equaliser came shortly after the restart with Brentford defender Aaron Hickey blocking a Che Adams effort when keeper David Raya was beaten.

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Toney impresses on eve of England squad announcement

Toney produced a match-winning performance less than 24 hours before England manager Gareth Southgate will announce his squad for two European Championship qualifiers this month.

Uncapped Toney, 26, is the second-highest English goalscorer in the Premier League this season, having scored four fewer than Tottenham's Harry Kane and two more than Manchester United's Marcus Rashford.

His opener was a true striker's finish, meeting a header at the back post to poke the ball into an empty net.

It was just what Brentford deserved, rounding off a first half where Kevin Schade had gone close with a looping header.

The Bees sat back after the restart, adding another in the closing stages to complete a league double over Southampton for the first time since the 1958-59 season.

Victory saw them move to within one point of the top six, leapfrogging west London rivals Fulham up to eighth.

Drab Saints stay rock bottom

Such is the tightness of this season's Premier League relegation battle, victory would have ensured Southampton ended the day outside of the relegation zone for the first time since 5 November.

Instead they looked flat in the first half, unable to follow up their goalless draw with Manchester United on Sunday with another positive result.

Adams' effort following a Kyle Walker-Peters cutback was one of very few clear-cut chances for Ruben Selles' side.

Southampton's loss was their 17th in the league this season, having only tasted defeat 16 times last campaign.

They host Tottenham in their next match on Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Brentford are at home to Leicester City at the same time.

Player of the match

ToneyIvan Toney

with an average of 7.86


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Squad number31Player nameBazunuAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameWalker-PetersAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameAdamsAverage rating


Squad number26Player nameAlcarazAverage rating


Squad number15Player namePerraudAverage rating


Squad number37Player nameBella-KotchapAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameSulemanaAverage rating


Squad number35Player nameBednarekAverage rating


Squad number27Player nameDialloAverage rating


Squad number24Player nameElyounoussiAverage rating


Squad number45Player nameLaviaAverage rating


Squad number32Player nameWalcottAverage rating


Squad number12Player nameOnuachuAverage rating


Squad number14Player nameBreeAverage rating


BrentfordAvgSquad number17Player nameToneyAverage rating


Squad number24Player nameDamsgaardAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameWissaAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameHickeyAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameJanssonAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameRayaAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameNørgaardAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameMeeAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameJensenAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameHenryAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameOnyekaAverage rating


Squad number5Player namePinnockAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameSchadeAverage rating


Squad number19Player nameMbeumoAverage rating


Squad number27Player nameJaneltAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-2-3-1


    31Bazunu2Walker-PetersSubstituted forBreeat 59'minutes35BednarekBooked at 90mins37Bella-Kotchap15Perraud8Ward-Prowse27DialloSubstituted forLaviaat 58'minutes24ElyounoussiSubstituted forWalcottat 58'minutes26AlcarazSubstituted forOnuachuat 66'minutes20Sulemana10Adams


    9A Armstrong12Onuachu13Caballero14Bree17S Armstrong18Mara22Salisu32Walcott45Lavia


Formation 4-3-3


    1Raya2HickeyBooked at 79mins5Pinnock16Mee3Henry8JensenSubstituted forDamsgaardat 79'minutes6Nørgaard27JaneltSubstituted forOnyekaat 45+1'minutes19MbeumoSubstituted forJanssonat 78'minutes17ToneyBooked at 90mins9SchadeSubstituted forWissaat 65'minutes


    10Dasilva11Wissa13M Jorgensen14Ghoddos15Onyeka18Jansson24Damsgaard26Baptiste34Cox

Referee:Michael SalisburyMatch StatsHome TeamSouthamptonAway TeamBrentfordPossessionHome67%Away33%ShotsHome7Away11Shots on TargetHome1Away5CornersHome3Away3FoulsHome14Away10Live Text Post update

Match ends, Southampton 0, Brentford 2.

90'+9'Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Brentford 2.


Goal! Southampton 0, Brentford 2. Yoane Wissa (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Toney with a headed pass.

90'+5'Post update

Foul by Che Adams (Southampton).

90'+5'Post update

Yoane Wissa (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+4'Post update

Offside, Southampton. Kamaldeen Sulemana tries a through ball, but Che Adams is caught offside.

90'+4'Post update

Attempt missed. Kamaldeen Sulemana (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Che Adams.


Jan Bednarek (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.


Ivan Toney (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

90'+2'Post update

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90'+2'Post update

Attempt saved. Mikkel Damsgaard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90'+1'Post update

Che Adams (Southampton).

90'+1'Post update

Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'Post update

Foul by Roméo Lavia (Southampton).

90'Post update

Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86'Post update

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83'Post update

Delay in match because of an injury Pontus Jansson (Brentford).

83'Post update

Attempt blocked. Romain Perraud (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamaldeen Sulemana.

82'Post update

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ben Mee.

80'Post update

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

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