Ethan Pinnock made his return from injury in a 1-1 draw with Championship side Reading in a behind-closed-doors game at Jersey Road.

Pinnock played 80 minutes alongside fellow First Team players Zanka, Mads Roerslev, Josh Dasilva and Shandon Baptiste, who got some game time during the international break.

Dasilva nearly helped open the scoring after he worked the ball smartly down the right side of the penalty area before squaring to Ryan Trevitt, whose effort beat the Reading goalkeeper but was cleared off the line well by defender Kelvin Abrefa.

Dasilva was involved again from a similar position a few moments later but, this time, he went for goal, only to see his effort clip the outside of the post.

Reading took the lead moments before half-time, as Royals forward Yakou Meite met a deep free kick and headed the ball over Bees goalkeeper Ben Winterbottom.

Carroll Reading

Meite was partnered by former England international Andy Carroll in the Reading attack, and the ex-Newcastle and Liverpool striker almost doubled his side’s lead after meeting Nesta Guinness-Walker’s cross, but his header glanced just wide.

Carroll and Pinnock competed for numerous aerial duels throughout the game, which was a good test for the centre-back on his return.

And the Brentford man nearly grabbed the equaliser from a corner, but his header was deflected onto the bar by a team-mate, who was offside.

The Bees did equalise just after the hour mark, as Kyreece Lisbie cleverly slid a ball through to Alex Gilbert, who fired across Reading ‘keeper Dean Bouzanis and into the back of the net.

Winterbottom prevented the visitors from scoring a late winner, as he spectacularly tipped a long-range effort over the crossbar.

Brentford: Winterbottom; Roerslev, Zanka (sub Crama), Pinnock (sub Waruih), Adedokun (sub Dickov); Dasilva, Baptiste, Trevitt; Lisbie, Gilbert, Farr