Aston Villa’s near 70 year wait for a victory over Brentford continued as they were defeated 2-1 at the Brentford Community Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Danny Ings had given Villa the lead early in the first-half but goals from Yoane Wissa and Mads Roerslev sent the claret & blue back to the west midlands empty handed.
Both teams started slow which was no surprise considering the recent covid disruption the two have suffered - neither managing to test the other’s keeper in the opening 10 minutes.
It seemed it would take a bit of magic to spark the game into life and Villa’s goal delivered exactly that.
Emiliano Buendia, who looked on it from minute one, pirouetted past his man with ease before sliding an inch-perfect through ball into Ings who finished sublimely into the bottom corner.
The Villans were in control following the opener and looked to be heading into the break with a well deserved lead when up popped Wissa to equalise with a stunning goal of his own.
Roerslev played a pass into Wissa and the Congo international touched the ball past Kortney Hause before firing an unstoppable effort into the top bins of Emiliano Martinez’s goal.
Bertrand Traore who was making his first start since the middle of September went close early in the second period but his well struck shot only found the side netting.
And the home side took the lead against the run of play with under 10 minutes to go. Roerslev found himself with too much space in the Villa area and fired a deflected effort past the helpless Martinez.
Ings nearly levelled things up instantly but Alvaro Fernandez was there to palm away his effort before Pontus Jansson stuck an important to clear the rebound.
There were faint cries for a penalty when Trezeguet went down for a penalty in stoppage time but it wasn’t to be.
The claret & blue fall to their second successive defeat for the first time under Steven Gerrard.
Brentford (3-5-2): Fernandez; Pinnock, Jansson, Sorensen; Roerslev, Onyeka (79’Janelt), Norgaard, Jensen (60’ Baptiste), Canos (54’ Ghoddos); Toney, Wissa
Unused subs: Cox (GK), Forss, Bidstrup, Ajer, Stevens, Thompson
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Hause, Targett; McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey (69’ Sanson); Traore (79’ Trezeguet), Ings, Buendia
Unused subs: Steer (GK), Archer, Iroegbunam, El Ghazi, Philogene-Bidace, Feeney, Chukwuemeka
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