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As it happened: Brentford 2-2 Reading

Recap of the action from Griffin Park

29 September 2018


  • Maupay opens the scoring with a cool finish from close range
  • Bentley spills Swift's shot and Bodvarsson bundles it home for 1-1
  • Bentley can only push a Swift set piece into the air and Bodvarsson converts from close range!
  • Barbet heads the hosts level in the first of ten minutes of injury time
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Updated at 17:01 (UK)


FULL TIME! Brentford 2-2 Reading.

...and breathe! What a game. Honours end even.


Both teams still looking for a winner. Anything could happen here!


Judge flies into Sims on the wing and is show a yellow.  


GOAL! A corner is curled into the Royals' box and Barbet rises highest to head home from yards out in a congested box. 2-2!


There are going to be 10 (ten) minutes of injury time! Wow!


Swift is going to have to make way. Liam Kelly is coming on in his place.


Swift is down with what looks like cramp. More injury time to be added on. Still work to do here for Paul Clement's men.


RED CARD! Sims dispossesses Benrahma on the edge of the Royals' box and the Brentford man is pulling Sims back on a numbwer of occasions as he brings it away. 

Eventually the referee blows his whistle and shows the Bees midfielder a second yellow card.


Meite is coming off too now. Aluko is on in his place.

10 minutes left but there will also be lots of injury time.


Alan Judge is brought on by the hosts, Sawyers making way.


Good defending from Moore to hold Maupay as he raced onto a ball in behind. Canos' follow up shot is well wide.


Maupay is the next to go into the referee's book for a late challenge on Yiadom.


CLOSE! Maupay tries his luck from 25 yards and his sweetly struck effort fizzes just wide of the left upright.


Sims does well to dribble the ball out from the back and he slides a ball into space for Bodvarsson to race onto. But the offside flag thwarts the Icelander.


Another change for the hosts. Mokotjo is on in place of McEachran. 


And the Royals are making a change too. Barrow is off and Sims is on in his place.


The home side make a change. Sergi Canos is on in place of Watkins. 


WOODWORK! But offside too?

A deep corner from the right finds its way to Maupay who heads it past Walker and against the outside of the upright. But the offside flag is up.


GOOOOAAALLLL! The same combination again!

Swift swerves a moving free kick past the wall and Bentley can only push it high into the air. Bodvarsson reacts fastest to turn it over the line! 1-2!!!


The atmosphere is certainly lively now - end to end stuff here at Griffin Park. Bodvarsson wins a free kick just outside the box as he is tripped by Benrahma who is booked.


Yiadom does well to ghost down the right and he finds Barrow who darts into the box. He toes a low cross across the face of goal but Mepham can clear it before a Royals body arrives.


Barrow delivers a corner from the right which Ezatolahi does well to flick on, but it ricochets kindly for the hosts who can clear the ball.


Tempers flare again as Watkins clips Ezatolahi late. Only a yellow for the Brentford man.


Finally...the set piece is taken by Benrahma and he curls it over the wall and inches over the top left corner of Walker's goal. 


The free kick is still not taken and both Bacuna and McEachran have been booked...


Ezatolahi concedes a free kick in a very dangerous spot on the edge of the penalty area. 

It is taking an absolute age to take though as the two teams take part in a bit of 'handbags at ten paces'...


We're back underway here at Griffin Park and Meite wins a free kick then a corner.

Then Barrow tries to use his pace to get past the last man - to no avail.



Reading responded well to the early setback of Maupay's opener and deserve to go into the break level. Lots more football to be played in this one though...


Bacuna tries to send Bodvarsson away on the counter but it is cut out.

And Benrahma is able to cut onto his right boot and whistle a shot wide of the right post.


SAVE! A rasping shot from Barbet is very well held by Walker who stayed tall in the centre of his goal. Brentford finishing the half stronger though.


Good defending from Ilori. He puts in a burst of pace to get in front of Maupay who trips the Royals defender and is penalised.


Reading break from the cleared corner, with Barrow sending Meite away down the left.

But his shot from range is charged down before it can trouble Bentley.


CLOSE! Benrahma escapes down the right and gets to the ball on the byline to cut it back.

MacLeod is there to turn it goalwards but a good block by Moore deflects it over for a corner.


Brentford build pressure and Walker has to dive out to intercept a low cross from Barbet.

There look to be more goals in this one for sure.


GOOOAAALLLL!!! Swift takes aim from the edge of the area and Bentley is down to his right but can't hold it.

Bodvarsson bears down and bundles it over the line - whether it goes down as a Swift goal or Bodvarsson's, time will tell. But we're level!


A cross from MacLeod on the left flies over everyone to drop for Watkins on the corner of the six yard box.

He fashions a quickly-taken stabbed effort that thankfully goes wide of the right post.


CHANCE! A direct ball into the Brentford box picks out Bodvarsson unmarked on the edge of the six yard box.

He tried to flick a header on from a difficult position, but gets too much on the header and it loops up high to allow Bentley to recover.


Swift does will to win the ball on the left wing and Barrow picks it up and runs at the Brentford back line. 

He appeals for a handball in the box as his cross is cleared, but the Royals have to settle for a corner. It's sent deep to Moore at the back post but Bentley gathers it into his body easily.


An up and under from Ilori drops for Bodvarsson on the edge of the box and the ball drops down to Swift. 

The former Brentford man lifts the ball over an oncoming defender and sends a speculative left-footed volley soaring high over the crossbar.


Brentford take the lead! A low cross is fed into the feet of Maupay who manages to evade a tackle from Ilori and then pass the ball home past Walker and into the bottom left corner. 1-0.


Meite wins a free kick on the right and Bacuna delivers a lovely ball into the box which Ezatolahi nearly gets his head to.

A Brentford body nods it behind for a corner and Barrow's corner is flicked on at the near post only to flash across the face of goal before being hacked clear.


A couple of crosses into the Brentford box from the right come to nothing as the Bees head clear the danger.

A lively start as expected - both teams looking to attack.


CLOSE! Brentford emerge from defence brightly down the right and Benrahma finds space to get a cross into the near post. 

Sawyers slides in but can't connect with the ball to turn it towards goal and it skids behind for a goal kick.


And Brentford get the game underway!


The two teams stride out... 


The Royals wind up their pre-match warm-up and all head over to a packed away end to applaud the fans in unison before heading into the dressing room.

A little over 10 minutes until kick off! Come on URRRZZZZ!


How our hosts line up this afternoon...


The manager and Gianluca Nani in deep discussion on the pitch at Griffin Park.

The skies are blue here in Brentford.


Warm-ups about to begin!


That's four changes for the Royals in the starting XI today.  In come Gunter, Swift, Barrow and Meite.

O'Shea is missing as he serves a suspension - Sims and Kelly are on the bench.


TEAM NEWS | Here’s the two teams for this afternoon’s fixture at Griffin Park…

Brentford: Bentley, MacLeod, Mepham, Maupay, McEachran, Watkins, Sawyers, Benrahma, Dalsgaard, Konse (c), Barbet.
Subs: Daniels, Odubajo, Canos, Yennaris, Mokotjo, Judge, Jeanvier.

Reading: Walker, Yiadom, Gunter, Moore (c), Ilori, Ezatolahi, Bacuna, Swift, Barrow, Meite, Böðvarsson.
Subs: Jaakkola, Aluko, Sims, Blackett, McNulty, Rinomhota, Kelly.


"Going away doesn't hold any fear."  That's the gaffer's take ahead of the game.

Read his full interview here.


If you're based abroad, you can watch today's game on iFollow from wherever you are.

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It's a bright September afternoon in Brentford.  Make sure you follow every kick here!


We're at Griffin Park today for a 3pm kick-off in the Sky Bet Championship against Brentford.

Team news coming up at 2pm!

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