Mathias Jensen scored for the fourth time in five home games to earn Brentford a point against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
The midfielder’s deflected effort gave the Bees a deserved lead at the end of an entertaining opening 45 minutes at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Harvey Barnes’ neat finish drew the Foxes level seven minutes after the restart and Brendan Rodgers’ side went onto enjoy the better of the second half without testing David Raya on his 150th appearance for Brentford.
Shandon Baptiste was sent off for two late bookings but Brentford saw out the final moments to head into the international break eighth in the Premier League.
Frank makes two changes for Leicester City visit
Brentford made two changes from the midweek win over Southampton. Mikkel Damsgaard replaced the injured Vitaly Janelt in midfield with Yoane Wissa, a goalscorer on Wednesday night, also coming in for Kevin Schade.
Thomas Strakosha returned to the squad for the first time since January.
Leicester City made four changes. Daniel Iversen replaced Danny Ward in goal with Barnes, Wilfred Ndidi and Tete replacing Kelechi Iheanacho, Nampalys Mendy and the suspended Wout Faes.
Leicester’s changes also saw a switch in formation with the Foxes matching the Bees up in a 4-3-3.
Brentford: Raya; Hickey, Pinnock, Mee, Henry; Norgaard, Jensen (Baptiste 74), Damsgaard (Dasilva 61); Mbeumo (Jansson 90+4), Wissa (Schade 61), Toney
Subs not used: Strakosha, Zanka, Ghoddos, Onyeka, Stevens
Leicester City: Iversen; Pereira, Amartey, Souttar, Castagne; Dewsbury-Hall, Ndidi (Soumare 74); Tete (Praet 66), Maddison (Iheanacho 89), Barnes; Daka (Vardy 66)
Subs not used: Ward, Mendy, Thomas, Brunt, Marcal-Madivadua
Jensen’s deflected effort puts Brentford in front
It was a lively start in the sunshine. Brentford bossed the opening quarter hour and created a host of openings attacking towards the west stand.
Rico Henry’s volley from a half-cleared corner was blocked by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall with Bryan Mbuemo then glancing a Jensen cross wide.
Henry was heavily involved in the opening stages, taking advantage of the space afforded to him down the Brentford left. His fizzing cross looked set to find Mbeumo at the far post until Timothy Castagne’s sliding intervention.
The left-back then had another shot blocked from a corner before he was involved in a move which ended with Ivan Toney’s header blocked at close range by Daniel Amartey.
For all those chances it took until the quarter hour mark for Iversen to be tested in the visitors’ goal, Wissa’s curling effort easy for him to pluck out of the air.
Leicester hadn’t been able to lay a glove on Frank’s side in the opening 15 minutes but they enjoyed far the better of the middle portion of the half.
James Maddison, playing in behind the Foxes’ front three, was able to get on the ball and drive forward, bringing Barnes, Tete and Patson Daka into the game.
Barnes had Leicester’s first shot on goal, riding Aaron Hickey’s challenge on the left before curling across David Raya and narrowly wide.
Daka then got to Ricardo Pereira’s near-post cross ahead of Ben Mee and flicked a header into the side netting.
Maddison found Barnes on the left following a driving run from deep. The winger cut inside but Hickey kept close to him and blocked the shot on the edge of the box. The ball was then worked back into the box with Daka shooting over under pressure from eight yards.
That was Leicester’s best spell as Brentford ended the half strongly and were eventually rewarded with an opener. Before the goal came, Mbeumo curled over following Henry’s cross-field pass and Toney had a shot blocked by Harry Souttar but eventually the pressure told.
An inventive corner routine saw the ball worked across the edge of the box before it was clipped back over to Mbuemo. His cross was cleared by Souttar but only into the path of Jensen to fire home, via a slight Pereira deflection, from 10 yards. It was Jensen’s fourth home goal in five appearances and gave the Bees a deserved lead.
A second could have quickly followed as Brentford opened Leicester up but Damsgaard’s shot was well blocked by the body of Souttar on the edge of the area.
The final action of the half came at the Brentford end with Mee blocking a long-range Maddison shot, with the rebound lashed wide by Dewsbury-Hall.
Barnes lifts over Raya to earn the Foxes a share of the spoils
The second half was a much more cagey affair than the first with far fewer efforts on goal.
The first of those saw Mbeumo time his run from deep perfectly to collect Henry’s lofted ball over the top. However, Amartey kept pace with him and got a crucial block in as Mbeumo shot from the left side of the box.
Leicester’s first foray forward saw them draw level. Dewsbury-Hall battled away on the left touchline and managed to feed a ball inside for Maddison. The Foxes’ no.10 spotted the forward run of Barnes and found him with a slide-rule pass which the forward dinked over Raya and home.
From that point on, the game broke down. The Bees turned over possession far too often for Frank’s liking allowing Leicester plenty of opportunities to counter. And with the introduction of Jamie Vardy, that was something the Foxes were happy to do.
Ethan Pinnock made a fine block to divert Tete’s shot away to safety and Norgaard blocked from Castagne as Leicester looked the more likely to grab a decisive third goal. Amartey also headed wide from a corner with Dewsbury-Hall’s long-range shot blocked.
It took until the final 10 minutes for Brentford to craft an opening which fell, once again, to Henry but for the third time on the afternoon, his shot from the edge of the box hit a Leicester defender and was cleared.
Rodgers’ side continued to push forward. Souttar’s marauding run ended when he was crowded out in the box. Moments later, Baptiste received the first of his two quickfire yellow cards for bringing down Maddison. That was in the final minute of normal time. Two minutes into added time, the midfielder was dismissed for a late challenge on Dewsbury-Hall.
Pontus Jansson was brought on to help the Bees see out injury-time which was done with only a minor scare when Barnes flicked a header well off target from a corner.
That was the final action as the points were shared, sending the Bees into the international break on the back of one defeat in 15 league games.
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