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- In-form Brentford hosted Crystal Palace searching for their first win at the Gtech Community Stadium on a rainy London night
- Schade scored a sublime solo goal to open his Brentford account to give Bees the lead on 18th minute, following a racking pass from Norgaard.
- Andersen, the standout player of the match, got a scrappy equalizing goal after an adventurous run forward as he snuck the ball between Flekken’s legs.
Brentford player ratings: Schade steps up
Mark Flekken 6.5/10: Comfortable on the ball, his distribution was key to Brentford building their attack from the back; did his saving job when called upon as well.
Aaron Hickey 6/10: Picked up some clever position during the build up, didn’t get forward as much and could have done better for the goal.
Rico Henry6.5 /10: Put on the afterburners for some driving runs from defense, but recovered well with his pace when needed.
Ethan Pinnock 7/10: Astute and assured, he defended the width of the box brilliantly, put in a foot when needed and kept things simple on the ball.
Nathan Collins 6/10: Composed with the ball, commanding of it, the summer signing thwarted the threat palace posed expertly, until the goal.
Christian Norgaard 6.5/10: Patrolled the center of the pitch with purpose and provided the racking ball that started the Schade goal.
Mathias Jensen 6.5/10: Worked hard to track Eze and prevent him from wrecking havoc in that left half-space, was neat and tidy on the ball as well.
Vitaly Janelt 6/10: Ayew’s darts infield gave him some trouble, but covered for Rico Henry when he burst forward well to maintain Brentford’s shape.
Kevin Schade 7.5/10: Ran at the full-back all game, was a constant menace down the left and produced a moment of solo magic to get his first PL goal for the bees.
Yoane Wissa 5.5/10: The inform man had a few chances, especially after set-piece situations, but he failed to capitalize.
Bryan Mbeumo 6.5/10: Looked a bit two wide, however he still threatened when he got on the ball and ran at the defense.
Frank Onyeka 4/10: Added energy to a tiring midfield.
Lewis Potter 4/10: Offered something different as a playmaking winger.
Crystal Palace player ratings: Amazing Andersen
Sam Johnstone 5.5/10: Not the best performance in between the sticks, his play in possession left a lot to be desired in particular.
Joel Ward 6.5/10: Had some trouble against Schade’s pace, but used his experience to defend his zone rather well, got forward well when he could as well.
Tyricck Mitchell 6/10: Burst forward when he could, but had to defend large spaces mostly, due to the freedom Eze is offered, which isn’t his strength.
Marc Guehi 6/10: Wasn’t at his best, looked caught off guard at times especially when Mbeumo got into his zone but got better as the game went on.
Joachim Andersen 8.5/10: Excellent on the ball, some of his passes were playmaker-esque, showed great determination to score the goal and defended with authority.
Jefferson Lerma 7/10: Good engine in the middle of the park, covered a lot of space to limit the Brentford midfield three from overrunning palace.
Cheick Doucoure 6/10: Wasn’t at his best especially in terms of starting the attack from deeper positions but was determined defensively.
Jordan Ayew 7/10: Got up and down the pitch all game, was a threat with his direct style, created the goal and tracked back to support ward as well.
Eberechi Eze 7/10: Silky and clever on the ball, he eluded his markers when on the ball to get Palace on the counter, was the attacking fulcrum of his team.
Jeffrey Schlupp 5.5/10: Couldn’t get on the game the way he would have liked, with Hickey and Jensen cleverly locking the right hand side.
Odsonne Edouard 5.5/10: Tried to make some runs in behind the defense but wasn’t particularly effective in terms of end product.
Jean-Philippe Mateta 5/10: Didn’t offer much more than Edouard did.
Naouirou Ahamada 5.5/10: Added some thrust with his pace.
Brentford vs Crystal Palace: Match Summary and Highlights
Both sides tried to get a feel of each other as they were cautious in the early stages of the game. It was Eze who got into gear first, gliding away through challenges and starting a Palace counter attack. Pinnock recovered brilliantly after initial troubles to disposes Edouard and Flekken clamied the lose ball.
Then suddenly Schade sprang to life. Latching on to a marvelous pinged pass from his captain, the German drove at Palace defense at full throttle, got to the byline past Ward and then cut back inside to unleash a ferocious curler into Johnstone’s net. The fact that this was the summer signing’s first goal will be such a boost to his confidence.
Palace threatened on the counter a few times as Eze proved to be a problem with his dribbling dragging defenders out of shape, but it was Brentford who grew on to the game. They had 58.6% of the ball in the first half and generated some chances to increase their lead from set pieces but Wissa and Collins both headed wide.
Palace started to get back into the game with some good football, in particular from the back which helped them build attacks. Joachim Anderesen in Particular looking assured an confident on the ball. It was the center-back, who played a lovely one two with Ayew to run in behind Palace defense and score a scrappy equalizer.
The game opened up as both side started to throw punches, with Ayew squandering an opportunity following a sublime Andersen pass. Rico Henry caused trouble while overlapping and underlapping which created a chance when he put Janelt through. Brentford felt they were denied a penalty but nothing budged and the game ended 1-1.
Man of the Match
Joachim Andersen showed his full repertoire of passing, defending and even scoring as it was his goal which equalized the game. He provided some racking long passes that got palace players through on goal but they failed to take those chances. Looked like an absolute Rolls-Royce.
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