Nathan Collins scored his first Brentford goal to seal victory in a highly entertaining encounter against West Ham at Gtech Community Stadium.
Both sides held the lead at points as the goals flowed on a cold and wet afternoon in west London.
Neal Maupay put the hosts in front early on, volleying beyond Alphonse Areola after West Ham failed to clear their lines on several occasions.
West Ham, though, hit back with two quickfire goals through Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen to go in at half-time with the advantage.
Brentford came out with intent after the restart and were able to turn the game on its head once again. An own goal from West Ham defender Konstantinos Mavropanos levelled the score, before Collins rose highest to meet Mathias Jensen’s cross for the winner.
The victory is Brentford’s third in succession and moves them up one place to ninth, while West Ham drop to 11th without a win in their past four Premier League games.
Bees buzzing as winning run continues
Brentford started on the front foot and full of confidence after back-to-back wins in the league, having gone six without victory in all competitions prior to those triumphs against Burnley and Chelsea.
Everton loanee Maupay got the Bees on their way to end a run of 45 Premier League appearances without a goal – his last strike had come for Everton, also against West Ham, in September 2022.
Back at the club where he made his name when scoring 37 goals across two Championship campaigns, Maupay seems much more content and the 27-year-old could have made it a much more comfortable conclusion to the game for the hosts.
Brought back into the side by manager Thomas Frank, Maupay combined well with Yoane Wissa before drilling wide.
Bryan Mbeumo has been Brentford’s top performer this campaign, helping to fill the void in the absence of the suspended Ivan Toney, and it was his teasing cross that put West Ham’s Mavropanos in an awkward situation when he headed into his own goal, with Collins waiting just behind to convert if he did not make an attempt to deal with it.
Collins did get his opportunity to shine not long after as the momentum shifted in Brentford’s favour and he powered in Jensen’s cross.
The victory means Brentford have won all five of their Premier League meetings with West Ham.
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West Ham United
- 1FlekkenSubstituted forStrakoshaat 45′minutes
- 20AjerBooked at 24minsSubstituted forRoerslevat 79′minutes
- 27JaneltSubstituted forMeeat 90+1′minutes
- 8JensenSubstituted forYarmolyukat 78′minutes
- 11WissaSubstituted forGhoddosat 89′minutes
- 13M Jorgensen
- 15MavropanosBooked at 62mins
- 33EmersonBooked at 12mins
- 28SoucekBooked at 52mins
- 22BenrahmaSubstituted forFornalsat 64′minutes
- 9AntonioSubstituted forIngsat 64′minutesBooked at 90mins
Match ends, Brentford 3, West Ham United 2.
Second Half ends, Brentford 3, West Ham United 2.
Danny Ings (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Emerson (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.
Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ben Mee.
Substitution, Brentford. Ben Mee replaces Vitaly Janelt.
Attempt saved. Frank Onyeka (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neal Maupay.
Vitaly Janelt (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United).
Substitution, Brentford. Saman Ghoddos replaces Yoane Wissa.
Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yoane Wissa.
Attempt missed. Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emerson with a cross.
Foul by Yehor Yarmolyuk (Brentford).
Konstantinos Mavropanos (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Frank Onyeka (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United).
Attempt missed. Pablo Fornals (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mohammed Kudus.
Attempt blocked. Vladimír Coufal (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.
Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Konstantinos Mavropanos (West Ham United).
SOURCE : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/67247520