A late goal from Christian Tue Jensen gave Brentford a win over Swindon Town in a behind closed doors friendly. The Danish youngster fired home inside the final ten minutes to give The Bees the win they deserved at The County Ground. The Bees took control after an even first half but had to wait until the later stages to find a way through.
Brentford used the game, played during international week, to give game time to players that have not featured much in the Sky Bet Championship this season. Josh Clarke, who set up the only goal, and Dominic Thompson played for 90 minutes while Luke Daniels, Josh Dasilva and Joel Valencia also completed the game. And they did enough to beat a Swindon team that also included players that did not feature in the last game, a Sky Bet League Two win over Morecambe.
The first half was even with both teams creating chances. Ali Coote came closest to opening the scoring for Brentford in the first half when he got on the end of a Joel Valencia pass after good work by Josh Dasilva. He was one-on-one with Will Henry in the inside left channel, but the Swindon goalkeeper made himself big and kept the ball out.
Jayden Onen had a lo shot saved and there were other efforts from distance. A Dasilva free kick was tipped over the bar by Henry and he then curled one just wide. Henry also saved from Valencia and a Josh Clarke effort was blocked.
Luke Daniels denied Kaiyne Woolery at the other end and the pace of the Swindon striker tested the Brentford backline. One dart down the right should have led to a goal but Scott Twine couldn’t force the ball home and Woolery also had a shot blocked. The closest Swindon came to a first half goal was when Michael Doughty lifted a cross in from the by-line and Adam May met it on the volley, but Ethan Pinnock headed it off the line.
The Bees moved up a gear in the early stages of the second half but were unable to find the breakthrough. Valencia had a shot blocked after good play by Onen, who was finding space on the left, and Coote fired a free kick in to a defensive wall. Valencia went a little closer from a similar distance soon after, curling a shot just over.
Sidy Sanokho fired well over for Swindon and they arguably came closest to scoring before the hour mark. Daniels had to make a scrambling save when Pinnock diverted a cross past him, the Brentford goalkeeper recovering to stop the ball rolling over the line. Daniels was beaten by a cross from Jacob Bancroft soon after but watched as it sailed past the far post.
Brentford should have gone ahead at the midpoint of the second half. After a spell of possession, probing at the edge of the penalty area, Clarke delivered a cross that Henry pushed out to Onen, but the shot was blocked by recovering defenders. It then dropped to Valencia and he created space to shoot but could not beat the ranks of Swindon players, albeit the ball may have hit Onen.
There was a better chance soon after when Christian Tue Jensen diverted a Dasilva pass in to the path of Jaden Brissett. The B Team attacker opened up his body and aimed for the far corner but missed the target with only Henry to beat. But the goal eventually came. Clarke sped down the right and delivered a cross that reached Jensen at the far post, he took a touch and drilled it home with six minutes to go to settle the contest.
Swindon Town: Henry; Reid, Curran, Broadbent, Romanski; May, Sanokho (sub Diagouraga 78 mins), Grant (sub Rose 65 mins), Doughty; Woolery (sub Bancroft 65 mins), Twine (sub Lynn 88 mins)
Brentford: Daniels; Clarke, Jeanvier (sub O’Connor 71 mins), Pinnock, Thompson; Coote, J. Dasilva; Brissett, Valencia, Onen; Hardy (sub C. Jensen 71 mins)
Bookings: Dasilva (68 mins)