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Season Review - The Late Goals

Continuing the look back at the 2021/22 campaign

10 June 2022

The 2021/22 season is now at an end. Brentford's first-ever campaign the Premier League ended with The Bees in 13th place. There were some great moments to reflect on.

This week we are looking back at the season. Join us and remember the home wins, great days on the road, late winners and the moments away from the match. Today we're looking at some of our memorable late goals.............

Brentford 3 Liverpool 3

Brentford came from behind twice to secure a point in a remarkable 3-3 draw against Liverpool. The Bees scored first through Ethan Pinnock just before the half hour and the teams exchanged goals for another 60 minutes. The game was level at 1-1 at half time and Liverpool took the lead twice in the second period, but The Bees battled back. Vitaly Janelt and then Yoane Wissa scored to give Brentford a share of the spoils.

It was a thrilling game played on a mild West London autumn evening. The teams went toe-to-toe throughout, both looking to get a two-goal cushion to kill the other off. When Curtis Jones smashed in after Janelt had equalised, that might have been that, but Brentford refused to be beaten. Wissa came off the substitute’s bench to score the sixth and final goal of the evening and ensure the spoils were shared.

Even the six goals only tell a fraction of the tale. David Raya made some fine saves and Alisson was almost as busy at the other end. Ivan Toney had a goal ruled out, one that would have put Brentford 4-3 up, and both sides had efforts cleared off the line. It was probably right that it finished level as neither team deserved to lose.

West Ham United 1 Brentford 2

Yoane Wissa came off the substitute’s bench to score the winner as Brentford took three points on the road against West Ham United. The Bees had taken a first half lead through Bryan Mbeumo but were pushed back after the interval and the home side levelled. But Wissa came on to replace Mbeumo and scored the winner with, basically, the last kick of the game.

It was an archetypal game of two halves. The Bees were much the better before the break and deservedly had a half time lead, albeit the home side ended the opening period well. The hosts held the upper hand for long periods of the second half but had to wait until the last ten minutes to level. Brentford refused to lay down, regrouped and went looking for the winner, finding it in stoppage time.

Brentford 2 Watford 1

Bryan Mbeumo scored a stoppage time penalty as Brentford completed a comeback win over Watford. The Bees fell behind in the first half against the run of play and trailed with 84 minutes on the clock. But Pontus Jansson headed home an equaliser and Mbeumo scored from the spot to give The Bees a 2-1 win.

It was a victory that looked as if it may not come, but which was very much deserved. Watford’s goal came from a very rare attack, and they failed to trouble Brentford’s back line for most of the game. Brentford had chances before falling behind and then put Watford under pressure at the end of the game. They equalised when Jansson nodded in from close range and then won it when Saman Ghoddos was felled in the penalty area and Mbeumo did what was required from 12 yards.

Brentford 2 Aston Villa 1

Brentford came from a goal down to start 2022 with a memorable win over Aston Villa. The Bees trailed after a difficult opening to the contest but battled back. Yoane Wissa struck a superb equaliser before Mads Roerslev scored the winner late on.

The Bees certainly had to battle for the win. They worked hard to stay in the game when Villa had the upper hand and then clinically took their chances when they came. They scored late on in either half to secure a 2-1 win on a mild January afternoon.

Watford 1 Brentford 2

Pontus Jansson headed in a last gasp winner as Brentford beat Watford. The captain arrived to head home a Christian Eriksen cross in the dying seconds to give Brentford a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road. It completed a remarkable double for Brentford and Jansson. He scored his only other goal in Brentford’s 2-1 win over the same opponents in December. That night it was the equaliser and Bryan Mbeumo scored a stoppage time winner in a 2-1 victory; a trick repeated on a warm Easter Saturday.

Brentford were not at their best but managed to stay in the game and get the win. Christian Nørgaard scored early on to put The Bees in front and Brentford had the better of the first half, albeit they were by no means dominant. Watford levelled after a Video Assistant Referee check early in the second half and the game looked destined to end all square. Watford missed a golden chance late on, although it may have been offside, and when Brentford got theirs seconds later, Jansson took it.

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