View the full match replay and highlights of the thrilling encounter between Brentford and Burnley. This gripping clash was part of the 2023/2024 season of the England Premier League, occurring on Matchday 9. The match kicked off at 14:00 GMT on Saturday, October 21, 2023.
Josh Smith, an accomplished English referee, oversaw the proceedings, ensuring fairness and adherence to the rules. The stage for this showdown was the Gtech Community Stadium, situated in the vibrant town of Brentford, Middlesex.
Brentford vs Burnley Full Match Reports
Brentford orchestrated a resounding 3-0 victory over Burnley at the Gtech Community Stadium, exacerbating the Clarets’ struggles with their seventh loss in nine Premier League games. This marks the first instance of such a dismal record in the top flight for Burnley since 1888.
For a Burnley side that had previously conceded an astounding 20 goals in eight league matches, a sluggish start was the last thing they needed. They must have heaved a collective sigh of relief when Neal Maupay’s early strike was disallowed due to an offside in the build-up. To say that Burnley gradually found their footing would be generous, but they did mount a rare attack that initially appeared to result in a penalty when Mike Trésor tumbled in the box. However, VAR’s judgment favored Brentford, leaving Burnley frustrated.
Perhaps still nursing the sting of what they perceived as an erroneous call, Burnley were caught off guard by Yoane Wissa, who capitalized on some crafty work by Bryan Mbeumo to find the back of the net. The Clarets seemed to be teetering on the edge of implosion, and when a catastrophic defensive blunder allowed Maupay to break free, Dara O’Shea came to the rescue with a heroic goal-line clearance, keeping Burnley within striking distance. Just before halftime, Trafford produced an exceptional save to once again thwart Maupay, maintaining the Clarets’ hopes.
The second half unfolded in a scrappier fashion, which played into the hands of the hosts who had already done the heavy lifting in the first half. They were the first to regain their composure and furthered their lead in style as Mbeumo skillfully nestled an effort into the top corner from the edge of the box, effectively sealing the fate of the contest. Burnley could have suffered a more humiliating defeat if not for Mathias Jensen’s misfortune, as he blazed a shot over the bar with Trafford on the ground.
Things took a turn for the worse for the Clarets, not in terms of the scoreline but due to the dismissal of Connor Roberts for a second yellow card. This development was the final blow to another woeful afternoon for Vincent Kompany’s squad, indicating a potentially arduous season in their battle to avoid relegation. In contrast, it was a far more positive outcome for Brentford, who, after grappling with the challenge of preserving a lead this season, finally overcame that psychological hurdle and added a third goal late in the game through Saman Ghoddos.
Man of the Match: Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) – His impactful performance was instrumental in Brentford’s victory.