It was an unbeaten week for Dean Smith’s Bees as they made progress in the Carabao Cup and secured a hard-earned point at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Tuesday night saw a memorable performance at Loftus Road against local rivals QPR. A ruthless performance was rewarded with our largest ever win over Rangers at Loftus Road secured thanks to an Ariel Borysiuk own-goal, John Egan’s header, and strikes from Neal Maupay and Josh Clarke. That win set up a Third Round tie at home to Norwich City.
On Saturday, high-flying Wolves visited Griffin Park and left with a point following a first 0-0 draw for The Bees in West London this year. Jota struck a post in the first-half with Diogo Jota coming close for Wolves: Dan Bentley pulling off a string of impressive saves to keep him at bay.
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Cardiff City made it a perfect five from five following a 2-1 victory over QPR in South Wales to move three points clear at the top of the table. A 2-0 defeat at home to Fulham ended Ipswich Town’s winning run while Leeds United moved up to third with a 2-0 win over sixth-placed Nottingham Forest. Sheffield United’s 3-1 win over Derby County moved them up to fifth, a point behind Wolves in fourth. There were also wins for Millwall, Hull City, Reading and Barnsley.
Birmingham City completed the triple loan signing last week of Cohen Bramall, Carl Jenkinson, and Sam Gallagher, before Jenkinson dislocated his shoulder in Saturday’s defeat to Reading. Leeds United lost the services of star-striker Chris Wood to Burnley and goalkeeper Rob Green to Huddersfield Town, replacing the duo with Wolves' Andy Lonergan and young Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot. Elsewhere, Rafa Soares joined Fulham from Porto B, Liam Bridcutt left Leeds for Nottingham Forest, Sam Clucas signed for Swansea City from Hull, and Robert Snodgrass swapped the claret and blue of West Ham for that of Aston Villa.
Manchester United continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 2-0 win at home to Leicester City on Saturday to open up a two-point lead over the chasing pack which includes Liverpool and Manchester City after their wins over Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth. Huddersfield Town, West Bromwich Albion, Watford, and Southampton are the other four teams yet to taste defeat this campaign. At the other end West Ham United, Crystal Palace, and Bournemouth are the three teams still on ‘nul point’ ahead of the first international break.
The big transfer stories of the past week have seen Davinson Sanchez complete his £40 million move to Tottenham Hotspur while young Scottish winger Oliver Burke joined West Brom from RB Leipzig and Dutch striker Wesley Hoedt swapped Lazio for Southampton.