Wolves 0-2 Brentford: Ivan Toney scores one and prepares another as Brentford wins
To think that Ivan Toney once failed a medical exam that blew up a £ 500,000 transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2014. How they could have done with such a gifted goalscorer here.
Lucky for Brentford, they’ve got it. Toney won a penalty, scored it, assisted hitting partner Bryan Mbeumo for their second and held the ball brilliantly. The 25-year-old, who is eligible for Jamaica but wants to represent England, even had two more strikes denied by VAR.
Wolves, meanwhile, failed to get a single shot on target at Stade Molineux. Boos rang at halftime, then full time again. The faithful lose their faith.
Ivan Toney scored the opener as Brentford clinched a 2-0 win over Wolves at Molineux
The forward showed excellent composure as he gave Brentford the lead from the penalty spot
Toney went on to become supplier to Bryan Mbeumo, who scored Brentford’s second goal
Even when Brentford was reduced to 10 men from the 64th minute, Wolves had Raul Jimenez on the pitch. Hwang Hee-chan. Fabio Silva. Daniel Podence. Adama Traore. Francisco Trincao. Lots of potential scorers, but no one who dared to do the deed.
So this is another victory for Brentford. That’s eight points from their first five return matches in big time. They seem to have a place here, thanks in large part to Toney.
“He was superb,” said manager Thomas Frank. “What a player, what a mentality, what a presence. What a help, by the way! He was always there. It was a 10 out of 10 performance. I’m extremely happy for him. The person behind the player is fantastic.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage was unhappy with the refereeing and then accused Brentford of wasting time saying: “I see too many players on the pitch for the opponents.” Even the guard changed his gloves.
In response to that, Frank said, “Did we deserve to win? Yes, Brentford did, he was told. “Don’t use excuses. Don’t spin it.
In the eighth minute, Mbeumo burst behind the Wolves defense. He looked offside as he collected a pass. A few good yards, in fact. The game continued and Mbeumo found Toney, who scored.
It was only then that the assistant raised his flag, ruling out the goal. Reruns confirmed that Mbuemo was indeed as offside as he initially appeared.
Brentford was reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute as Shandon Baptiste was sent off
Baptiste was already on a yellow card and had to be replaced by manager Bruno Lage
Adama Traore (right) hit Wolves’ crossbar but his team couldn’t find the net
Wolves (3-4-3): His 5.5; Kilman 5, Coady 5.5, Saiss 5 (Hwang 45, 6); Semedo 5.5 (Silva 82), Neves 5.5, Moutinho 5, Marcal 5 (Podence 72, 6); Trincao 5, Jiménez 5, Adama 6
Subtitles (not used): Ruddy, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Mosquera, Boly, Hwang, Dendoncker
Reserve: Sa, Saiss, Neves, Coady
Director: Bruno Lage 5
Brentford (3-5-2): Raya 7; Ajer 7.5, Jansson 7.5 (Jorgensen 82), Pinnock 7; Canos 7 (Onyeka 68, 6), Baptiste 5.5, Norgaard 6.5, Janelt 6.5, Henry 6.5 (Roerslev 75, 6); Mbeumo 8, Toney 8.5
Subtitles (not used): Fernandez, Thompson, Ghoddos, Jensen, Forss, Wissa
Scorers: Toney (28 pen), Mbeumo (34)
Reserve: Henri, Baptiste, Jansson
Sent: Baptist (64)
Director: Thomas Frank 8
Arbitrator: Darren England 6
Brentford looked the most likely to score and in the 26th minute a corner led to the fight. In the midst of it all, Toney tumbled down and referee Darren England pointed to the penalty spot. VAR Stuart Attwell double checked the fault, Fernando Marcal clearly leading the striker down.
As Wolves players protested, goalkeeper Jose Sa unsportingly attempted to miss the place and was cautioned. Toney refused to be distracted by calmly sending Sa the wrong way for 1-0.
Brentford believed they made it 2-0 as half-hour approached when Toney completed a move with a heel back into the goal. VAR Attwell decided that Toney was there, but that he manipulated the ball while controlling it, so it wouldn’t count.
It was a wake-up call for the wolves. In the 32nd minute, Traore had room to shoot and he did. It was a vicious attempt but, with a deflection from Brentford defender Pontus Jansson, it bounced off the woodwork.
The game was based on those moments. How close he was to being 1-1, then suddenly it was 2-0, with the crossbar still shaking from Traore’s explosive effort.
Brentford stormed the other end, with Toney busted by Max Kilman. He framed the ball for Mbeumo, who scored into the empty net.
He could and should have been 3-0 within 20 seconds of the start of the second half. Ruben Neves had the ball stolen in front of his own area and Mbuemo, trying to find the corner, missed the target.
In the 59th minute, Brentford’s Shandon Baptiste was cautioned for a reckless challenge on Marcal. In the 64th, he made a mistake. Baptiste grabbed Trincao by the hips and dragged him into a rugby-worthy tackle.
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves shows frustration as his side bow to yet another loss
Hwang Hee-chan was keen for Wolves after being brought in early in second half
With that, Brentford had fallen to 10 men. What made the red card even more annoying for the visitors was that substitute Frank Onyeka was standing on the sideline, ready to replace Baptiste.
From there we saw a heroic defense of Brentford. New Wolves signing Hee-chan, presented at halftime, would have scored without a perfectly timed tackle from Kristoffer Ajer.
With 10 minutes remaining, the Wolves had failed a shot on target. With five remaining, still no shot. The supporters started to come out of Molineux. They had seen enough.
Those who stayed could see the woodwork shaken – by Brentford. The visitors crushed a shot against the post in a counterattack, with Mbuemo just inches from the score of 3-0.
Don’t worry, 2-0 would do the trick very well.
Recap as JEORGE BIRD of Sportsmail for live coverage of Wolves vs Brentford in the Premier League, including build-up, squad news and updates.