Brentford 3-2 West Ham United: Nathan Collins scores first goal for Bees in comeback win
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Brentford 3-2 West Ham United: Nathan Collins scores first goal for Bees in comeback win

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Nathan Collins heads the ball towards goal
Nathan Collins had not scored a Premier League goal since April 2022 when he was playing for Burnley

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.

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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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Brentford

  1. Squad number1Player nameFlekken

  2. Squad number20Player nameAjer

  3. Squad number22Player nameCollins

  4. Squad number5Player namePinnock

  5. Squad number27Player nameJanelt

  6. Squad number15Player nameOnyeka

  7. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard

  8. Squad number8Player nameJensen

  9. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

  10. Squad number7Player nameMaupay

  11. Squad number11Player nameWissa

  1. Squad number14Player nameGhoddos

  2. Squad number16Player nameMee

  3. Squad number21Player nameStrakosha

  4. Squad number30Player nameRoerslev

  5. Squad number33Player nameYarmolyuk

West Ham United

  1. Squad number23Player nameAreola

  2. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  3. Squad number15Player nameMavropanos

  4. Squad number27Player nameAguerd

  5. Squad number33Player nameEmerson

  6. Squad number14Player nameKudus

  7. Squad number7Player nameWard-Prowse

  8. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  9. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

  10. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  11. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

  1. Squad number8Player nameFornals

  2. Squad number18Player nameIngs

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1FlekkenSubstituted forStrakoshaat 45′minutes
  • 20AjerBooked at 24minsSubstituted forRoerslevat 79′minutes
  • 22Collins
  • 5Pinnock
  • 27JaneltSubstituted forMeeat 90+1′minutes
  • 15Onyeka
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 8JensenSubstituted forYarmolyukat 78′minutes
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 7Maupay
  • 11WissaSubstituted forGhoddosat 89′minutes

Substitutes

  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 16Mee
  • 21Strakosha
  • 30Roerslev
  • 33Yarmolyuk
  • 37Olakigbe
  • 38Brierley
  • 42Adedokun

West Ham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Areola
  • 5Coufal
  • 15MavropanosBooked at 62mins
  • 27Aguerd
  • 33EmersonBooked at 12mins
  • 14Kudus
  • 7Ward-Prowse
  • 28SoucekBooked at 52mins
  • 22BenrahmaSubstituted forFornalsat 64′minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 9AntonioSubstituted forIngsat 64′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Fabianski
  • 2Johnson
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Fornals
  • 17Cornet
  • 18Ings
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 24Kehrer
  • 45Mubama

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SOURCE : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/67247520

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