Brentford reached the semi-final of a major tournament for the first time with a fully deserved victory over Premier League side Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup.
Thomas Frank’s in-form Championship side came into this quarter-final on the back of a 13-match unbeaten run and missed a host of good chances before man of the match Josh Dasilva put them in front with a crisp, left-foot volley after 66 minutes.
It was the breakthrough the Bees merited as they dominated, with Saman Ghoddos hitting the bar and Sergi Canos heading wide with the goal at his mercy in the first half.
Callum Wilson threatened briefly for visitors Newcastle but all the urgency and progressive football came from Brentford, who made six changes from their weekend win over Reading, including leaving the second tier’s top scorer Ivan Toney on the bench against his former club.
Brentford show class once more
In the surroundings of their new Brentford Community Stadium, Frank and his players demonstrated how well they have rebuilt from the bitter pain of defeat by Fulham in the Championship play-off final and the loss of key players.
Last season’s main striker, Ollie Watkins, and attacking creator, Said Benrahma, have left for Aston Villa and West Ham United respectively, but Frank still has a progressive, attractive side.
This game could have been over in the first half had Brentford taken those opportunities, but it was no more than they deserved when Dasilva finally broke the deadlock.
The Bees are back in the top four in the Championship, three points off the automatic promotion places, and are shaping up once more as serious promotion candidates.
And this was all achieved with a much-changed team. Frank insisted before Tuesday’s game that, despite the changes, Brentford had the quality and inspiration to win and no-one can begrudge them a historic victory.
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- 29Bech Sørensen
- 14DasilvaSubstituted forJensenat 81′minutes
- 27JaneltSubstituted forNørgaardat 60′minutes
- 7CanósSubstituted forToneyat 69′minutes
- 15LewisSubstituted forCarrollat 80′minutes
- 8ShelveyBooked at 70mins
- 36S Longstaff
- 24AlmirónSubstituted forGayleat 65′minutes
- 21FraserSubstituted forJoelintonat 65′minutes
- 13C Wilson
Match ends, Brentford 1, Newcastle United 0.
Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Newcastle United 0.
Foul by Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United).
Ivan Toney (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Karl Darlow.
Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcus Forss.
Offside, Newcastle United. Karl Darlow tries a through ball, but Andy Carroll is caught offside.
Foul by Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United).
Saman Ghoddos (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).
Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Foul by Andy Carroll (Newcastle United).
Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mads Bech Sørensen.
Substitution, Brentford. Mathias Jensen replaces Josh Dasilva.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Andy Carroll replaces Jamal Lewis.
Attempt blocked. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saman Ghoddos.
Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ciaran Clark.