Brentford Open Season In Style
SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 (Clarke, 69) BRENTFORD 3 (Omoijuanfo, 3 Watkins, 87 Stevens o.g. 90+5)
Sheffield United XI: Blackman, Stearman, Lescott (Basham, 88), O'Connell, Baldock, Stevens, Leonard, Lundstram (Coutts, 74) Fleck, Clarke, Wilson (Sharp, 56)
Unused subs: Eastwood, Brooks, Duffy, Wright
Brentford XI: Bentley, Dalsgaard, Egan (Mepham, 62), Bjelland, Henry (Lundqvist, 81), Mokotjo, Yennaris, Woods, Broberg (Clarke, 69), Watkins, Omoijuanfo
Unused subs: Daniels, Maupay, Toutouh, Marcondes
Brentford opened their Sky Bet Championship campaign with relative ease against last season's League One winners Sheffield United with a 3-1 win at Brammall Lane.
The fixture marked Brentford boss Dan Thomas' first competative game as manager of the club. The manager spoke about the pressure on him ahead of the game and the performance shown by his side will have certainly lifted a lot of this, with the Bees playing some beautiful fast-flowing attacking football. It was a almost flawless performance, beside a lapse in concentration to concede to Leon Clarke.
The visitors opened the scoring early on through new signing Ohi Omoijuanfo, who signed from Stabaek in Norway last month. The striker bagged his first goal in England on his debut through slotting the ball in off the box just inside the area, after terrific play from both full-backs, Rico Henry and Henrik Dalsgaard.
Brentford came the blocks quickly and continued to impress thoroughout the first half. Another new signing in Martin Broberg saw his cross cannon off the crossbar in the first ten minutes also, as Brentford looked destined for a second goal. However the Bees dominance was helped by a poor United side, who were struggling to keep hold of the ball for sustained periods.
After a very one-sided first half, Sheffield began to have more of a grip on the game in the second half. Yet, it was still a real shock to the system when they equalised, as they looked to continue their fantastic unbeaten run at Brammall Lane which had lasted over a year. Ryan Leonard, who signed from Southend United, launched the ball into the area from a throw-in and poor marking from the visitors allowed for ex-Coventry striker Leon Clarke to powerfully head the ball past Daniel Bentley.
Grit and determination was on display however from Brentford as they pushed in search of a winning goal. Josh Clarke, who came on just after the equaliser, spotted a dangerous run from Ollie Watkins. The teenager who joined from Exeter in the Summer recieved a picture-perfect ball and confidentally poked the ball home, as Brentford looked on course for an opening day win.
The game was wrapped up after Enda Stevens' unfortunate own goal, as Watkins' low cross bounced off the defenders knee beating 'keeper Jamal Blackman. The Brentford fans went home in good spirits, as they showed continuous support for the side and new manager Thomas - an overall fantastic opening day victory for Thomas and co.
Attendence: 30,883 (909 away supporters)
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