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Brentford 2-0 Bournemouth: Pressure increases on Gary O’Neil after sixth straight loss

Brentford's Ivan Toney scores a penalty against Bournemouth in the Premier League
Only Yaya Toure (11/11) has a better 100% penalty record in the Premier League than Ivan Toney (nine from nine)

A clinical Brentford display heaped more pressure on Bournemouth boss Gary O’Neil and extended their own impressive recent form in the Premier League.

Talisman Ivan Toney stepped up and slotted past Neto after being pulled down by Marcos Senesi to maintain his 100% record from the spot from his nine Premier League penalties.

It took him to 13 for the season in the league, beating his tally from last season.

Chances were few and far between but Brentford – who are now unbeaten in seven Premier League games, and climb above Liverpool into eighth – sealed the win when Mathias Jensen slotted Joshua Dasilva’s cross into the top corner.

Bournemouth, who are 17th and two points clear of the relegation zone, have now lost six games in a row since O’Neil was appointed permanent manager during the World Cup.

They have only won two of their past 13 in all competitions and one of their past 10 in the league.

Those results have seen pressure build on O’Neil, who started the weekend as third favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked, behind Everton’s Frank Lampard and Chelsea’s Graham Potter.

Toney delivers for Brentford

This was the first time Toney had played in 2023 after suffering a knee injury in their victory over West Ham that concluded 2022.

His run in behind won the penalty with Senasi wrapping his arm under Toney’s, which the Brentford striker then effectively trapped, before falling backwards onto the floor.

Jarrod Gillett had little hesitation in awarding the spot-kick, and Toney took two steps forward before side-footing the ball into the side netting, just above the reach of Neto.

It means he has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games, and Brentford will be hoping any ban that may come from a Football Association charge for alleged breaches of betting rules is not too substantial as they potentially push for a place in Europe.

Overall, it was a relatively flat Brentford performance, until Dasilva burst forward and crossed for Jensen to curl home, with the win meaning the Bees have claimed 19 points from 30 available at home this season.

Bournemouth lack edge again

An Opta chalkboard showing Bournemouth attempted 19 crosses in their Premier League game against Brentford but only three were successful
Bournemouth attempted a season-high 19 open-play crosses but only three were successful

There is an uncertainty about the managerial situation at Bournemouth and that won’t put O’Neil at ease, especially with the club now on their longest winless run since 1983.

Since O’Neil’s appointment, the American businessman Bill Foley has taken over the club, and fans are yet to see how patient he is.

Investment in the playing squad was seemingly guaranteed when he took over, with Foley insisting the Cherries “will not be relegated” this season.

They are yet to make any signings in the January transfer window and saw relegation rivals Wolves, Southampton and Nottingham Forest all win on Saturday.

This was another performance of endeavour, suggesting the players are still behind O’Neil but they lacked a spark in the attacking areas, with Siriki Dembele’s driven effort just one of two shots on target.

Doubts will be creeping in on the south coast. The investment needs to arrive soon if Foley’s bold claim is going to be true come May.

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Brentford

  1. Squad number1Player nameRaya

  2. Squad number20Player nameAjer

  3. Squad number5Player namePinnock

  4. Squad number16Player nameMee

  5. Squad number27Player nameJanelt

  6. Squad number8Player nameJensen

  7. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard

  8. Squad number10Player nameDasilva

  9. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

  10. Squad number17Player nameToney

  11. Squad number11Player nameWissa

  1. Squad number9Player nameSchade

  2. Squad number13Player nameM Jorgensen

  3. Squad number23Player nameLewis-Potter

  4. Squad number24Player nameDamsgaard

  5. Squad number30Player nameRoerslev

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number13Player nameNeto

  2. Squad number17Player nameStacey

  3. Squad number6Player nameMepham

  4. Squad number25Player nameSenesi

  5. Squad number5Player nameKelly

  6. Squad number10Player nameChristie

  7. Squad number8Player nameLerma

  8. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

  9. Squad number32Player nameAnthony

  10. Squad number29Player nameBilling

  11. Squad number21Player nameMoore

  1. Squad number14Player nameRothwell

  2. Squad number20Player nameDembélé

  3. Squad number22Player namePearson

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1RayaBooked at 69mins
  • 20AjerSubstituted forM Jorgensenat 82′minutes
  • 5Pinnock
  • 16Mee
  • 27Janelt
  • 8Jensen
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 10DasilvaSubstituted forDamsgaardat 82′minutes
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 89′minutes
  • 17ToneySubstituted forSchadeat 82′minutes
  • 11WissaSubstituted forRoerslevat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Canós
  • 9Schade
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 22Strakosha
  • 23Lewis-Potter
  • 24Damsgaard
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 30Roerslev

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13NetoBooked at 38mins
  • 17Stacey
  • 6Mepham
  • 25SenesiSubstituted forRothwellat 78′minutes
  • 5Kelly
  • 10Christie
  • 8Lerma
  • 4L CookSubstituted forPearsonat 35′minutes
  • 32AnthonySubstituted forDembéléat 66′minutes
  • 29Billing
  • 21Moore

Substitutes

  • 1Travers
  • 3Stephens
  • 14Rothwell
  • 20Dembélé
  • 22Pearson
  • 33Zemura
  • 49Sadi
  • 50Dacosta Gonzalez
  • 51Adu-Adjei

Referee:
Jarred Gillett

Attendance:
17,031

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