Brentford 3-0 Southampton: Bees enjoy comfortable win

Pontus Jansson’s opener was his second goal in four matches for Brentford

Two goals in 79 first-half seconds set Brentford on their way to a comfortable victory over Southampton.

Both sides began the day on 40 points but Brentford’s victory moved the Bees up to 12th in the Premier League, 11 points clear of the bottom three.

They went in front when center-back Pontus Jansson forced home Ivan Toney’s cross from close range, before Yoane Wissa curled into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area moments later.

Kristoffer Ayer sealed the win in the second half when he skipped away from two Saints players in the area before poking the ball beyond Fraser Forster.

Despite the defeat, Southampton should be safe from relegation, with an eight-point cushion between themselves and 18th-placed Everton, although Saints have the fewest games remaining of any of the bottom six.

Saints limp over the line

Southampton were ninth in the table in February, but seven defeats in their last 10 Premier League games have sent them sliding down the table.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have two tricky-looking fixtures to come against title-chasing Liverpool on Tuesday before a final-day trip to Leicester.

They should still have enough points to avoid worrying about the drop, but could face a nervous run-in if Everton, Burnley and Leeds pick up victories.

A poor start cost them here, with Brentford unlucky not to be more than two goals up in the opening half an hour, with Wissa and Mathias Jensen both going close.

After that poor start, Saints did rally but were mainly restricted to efforts from distance, with home goalkeeper David Raya equal to efforts from James Ward-Prowse and Mohamed Elyounoussi either side of the break.

More to follow.

Player of the match

EriksenChristian Eriksen

Brentford

  1. Squad number21Player nameEriksen

  2. Squad number17Player nameToney

  3. Squad number11Player nameWissa

  4. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard

  5. Squad number43Player nameYoung-Coombes

  6. Squad number18Player nameJansson

  7. Squad number26Player nameBaptist

  8. Squad number10Player nameDasilva

  9. Squad number3Player nameHenry

  10. Squad number8Player nameJensen

  11. Squad number20Player nameAir

  12. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

  13. Squad number29Player nameBech Sørensen

  14. Squad number1Player nameRaya

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Raya
  • 20Air
  • 18Jansson
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 3Henry
  • 8JensenSubstituted forYoung-Coombesat 87 ‘minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 21Eriksen
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forBaptistat 81 ‘minutes
  • 17Toney
  • 11WissaSubstituted forDasilvaat 68 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Dasilva
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 26Baptist
  • 27Janelt
  • 30Roerslev
  • 36Stevens
  • 43Young-Coombes
  • 49Lössl

Southampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 44Forster
  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 35Bednarek
  • 22Salisu
  • 15Perraud
  • 17With ArmstrongSubstituted forRomeoat 83 ‘minutes
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 27DialloBooked at 17minsSubstituted forElyounoussiat 64 ‘minutes
  • 11Redmond
  • 9And Armstrong
  • 18Number

Substitutes

  • 1McCarthy
  • 4Lyanco
  • 6Romeo
  • 7Long
  • 10Adams
  • 23Tell
  • 24Elyounoussi
  • 43Valery
  • 45Dibling

Referee:
Michael Salisbury

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