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Wissa earns minutes in BCD friendly

Young-Coombes scores in game at Imber Court

30 November 2021

Yoane Wissa continued his recovery from injury with 45 minutes in Brentford's 2-1 defeat to Coventry City on Tuesday afternoon. The game was played behind closed doors at Met Police's Imber Court.

Nathan Young-Coombes scored in the first half after Coventry had netted from a corner. The Bees could have scored from the penalty spot but Myles Peart-Harris saw his effort saved with 20 minutes to go. City snatched a late winner with the final kick of the game.

Before the match, both sides stood for a minute's silence in memory of John Sillett. He was Coventry boss when they won the 1987 FA Cup Final, and also played professionally for The Sky Blues, Chelsea and Plymouth.

City took the lead after 24 minutes, crowding the box from a corner and forcing the ball over the line in a scramble.

Wissa was down the other end immediately causing problems. A corner routine for The Bees ended in his shot on goal that had to be cleared off the line by a defender at the near post.

After 32 minutes, The Bees were back in it. The goal all started from a Coventry attack, nodded away by Ben Hockenhull into the path of Peart-Harris, who slipped a pass to Wissa on the halfway line. The forward then broke the offside trap to feed a pass to Young-Coombes, who raced clear to knock the ball beyond the onrushing keeper.

As planned, Wissa was withdrawn at half-time, Lewis Gordon coming in at left-sided centre-back.

Goalkeeper Matt Cox had to be sharp in the early stages to deny City a second. After a shot crashed against his crossbar, he was up quickly to dive across and parry the follow-up away from danger.

After an hour, some good play down the left allowed Paris Maghoma to slot the ball through for Jan Zamburek to strike. His effort fizzed over the bar from the edge of the box.

With 72 minutes on the clock, Thompson played a neat ball over the top to Young-Coombes, who controlled the ball and was then bundled down by a defender. Peart-Harris stepped up to take the kick but saw his penalty saved by the keeper.

The Bees had the ball in the net late on but the assistant's flag prevented Thompson from getting on the scoresheet with a fine finish from a tight angle.

In the final seconds, City scored from a free-kick on the edge of the area. A wicked deflection completely wrong-footed Cox as the ball trickled over the line.

Bees: Cox; Hockenhull, Racic, Thompson; Stevens, Bidstrup, Maghoma, Peart-Harris, Zamburek (Haygarth 78); Wissa (Gordon h/t), Young-Coombes

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