Brentford's pre-season clash with Aston Villa ended all square after an entertaining 3-3 draw at FedExField in the Bees' final Premier League Summer Series fixture.
Thomas Frank's side went 2-0 up through a Bryan Mbeumo penalty and Josh Dasilva stunner. Goals from Villa's Ezri Konsa, Moussa Diaby and Matty Cash turned things around, before second-half substitute Shandon Baptiste levelled things up for the west Londoners on the hour mark.
Brentford were ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, when Frank Onyeka received the ball inside his own half before playing an intelligent long ball into the channel.
Kevin Schade picked up possession after beating the offside trap, with his speed taking him away from Konsa. The Aston Villa man slid in and brought down the German international, which saw the referee award a penalty and book the defender.
Mbeumo stepped up and cooly sent Martinez the wrong way to put Brentford 1-0 ahead.
Building from the back, as they did throughout much of the game, Brentford were nearly caught out when Mark Flekken played a short pass to Jensen on the edge of the box.
Douglas Luiz pressed the Dane, whose block fell to Watkins inside the area. With the Brentford keeper applying pressure to the former Bees forward, Watkins bundled the ball just wide of the post.
After being robbed of the ball at one end, the roles were reversed at the other, as Jensen turned presser, winning the ball inside the final third. He laid it to Schade on his right, but Martinez stopped his effort well, preventing the Bees from doubling their lead.
There was absolutely no stopping Dasilva's strike on 22 minutes, however. A beautiful diagonal pass from Ben Mee was controlled well by the midfielder, who performed his trademark shimmy as he cut inside and drove at the Villa defence, before curling a sensational effort into the top corner.
Five minutes later, Unai Emery's side had one back in spectacular fashion. Konsa, who spent the 2018/19 campaign in TW8, ran from inside his own half, shrugged off both Onyeka and Schade and continued his run to the edge of the penalty area, before firing past Flekken.
Villa's new signing Moussa Diaby levelled five minutes later. He picked up the ball inside the area after a pass from Douglas Luiz, cut inside Jensen, and fired a low effort underneath Flekken.
Emery's side turned the game on the 37-minute mark, when John McGinn ran through midfield unopposed, before playing the ball out to the right side to Cash. The Poland international dropped a shoulder to beat Aaron Hickey, before finishing just inside the near post.
After a quiet start to the second period, substitute Baptiste grabbed the equaliser for Frank's Bees just after the hour mark following some great play by Keane Lewis-Potter.
The winger cut inside and fired an effort crashing off the crossbar, before Yoane Wissa's attempt deflected to Baptiste, who crashed home from close range.
There was nearly another twist shortly after, when Mbeumo arrived at the back post, but his header from Henry's lifted cross landed just over the crossbar and on the roof of the net.
A quiet second half concluded with some exciting play from Brentford B team winger Michael Olakigbe and a few chances for Aston Villa, but nothing that really troubled substitute Thomas Strakosha.
The Bees take on Lille in their final pre-season friendly at Gtech Community Stadium next weekend.
Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash (Chambers 81), Konsa (Diego Carlos 46), Mings, Torres (Digne 60); Kamara (Buendia 60), Douglas Luiz, McGinn (Tielemans 60); Diaby (Coutinho 81), Watkins (Archer 81), Philogene (Bailey 60)
Brentford: Flekken (Strakosha 61); Roerslev, Pinnock, Mee, Hickey (Henry 46); Jensen (Yarmolyuk 77), Onyeka (Janelt 61), Damsgaard (Baptiste 61); Dasilva (Wissa 46), Schade (Lewis-Potter 46), Mbeumo (Olakigbe 77)
Frank: We need to be better on the ball
Head coach Thomas Frank was left with mixed emotions following Brentford’s 3-3 draw with Aston Villa.
The Bees gave up a two-goal lead during their final Summer Series game, and Frank expressed his frustration at elements of his side’s first-half performance.
“It was a fine start to the first half with the two goals but it was just after the cooling break – the second half of the first half – that was disappointing,” he said.
“In that spell we were too stretched. They played between the lines and opened us up. That’s definitely something we need to look into.
“The second half was much better and much more balanced. Overall, throughout the game, I liked our structure and initiative, but we still need to be better on the ball. We made too many simple mistakes; touches, positions and passes.
“We need to do better overall, there’s no doubt about that. In the 50-50 duels we were okay but I want to be even better in that area.”
Dasilva hopeful there will be more similar goals to come
Brentford midfielder Josh Dasilva is hopeful that he can score more goals like his one against Aston Villa at the FedExField once the Premier League starts next month.
Dasilva, who has scored plenty of quality goals during his time with the Bees, cut inside and curled a gorgeous effort into the top corner, something that has become a trademark finish for the 24-year-old.
And the former Arsenal man talked through the strike which put the west Londoners 2-0 ahead in Maryland on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s something that I work on a lot," he revealed. "Ben [Mee] played the ball in behind, I took a touch, came inside and I only had one thing on my mind: to get the shot off.
“As soon as I hit it, I knew I hit it well and, thankfully, it went in.”
When asked if there was any part of him that wished he’d saved it for a competitive game, he laughed: “No, I just want to shoot on sight!
“I’ve done it here and hopefully I can do it in other games once the season starts.”