Brentford misplaced additional floor within the race for automated promotion as they squandered a lead for the second time in a matter of days to attract 1-1 with Nottingham Forest.
Ivan Toney put Thomas Frank’s males – who had been held to a 2-2 draw by Derby on Tuesday – forward within the first half when he rolled in his twenty eighth objective of the season from the penalty spot (12).
However Forest by no means appeared out of a good recreation in west London and earned themselves a share of the spoils when Filip Krovinovic slotted in, regardless of suspicions of a foul within the build-up (63).
Brentford keep fourth, 4 factors behind Watford forward of the rest of Saturday’s motion, whereas Forest transfer onto 42 factors, 10 factors above the relegation zone with eight video games to play.
How Brentford had been dealt a hammer blow on dwelling turf
With the intention to hold their top-two hopes alive, Brentford wanted a direct response to the midweek draw however had their work lower out towards one of many division’s meanest defence of late, who had conceded simply 10 targets in 15 video games to date in 2021.
Neither facet was keen to indicate their hand in a low tempo opening 10 minutes, however the likelihood to attain the opener was offered to the Bees when Gaetan Bong pulled down Toney within the field, permitting the Championship’s prime scorer to nonchalantly roll dwelling and transfer to inside three targets of a brand new divisional scoring document.
Forest responded effectively and shortly started to ask questions of their hosts, although ought to have been two behind when Vitaly Janelt’s shot hit the crossbar and dropped kindly for Henrik Dalsgaard, who could not react shortly sufficient to faucet in a second from just some yards out.
Beautiful build-up carved one other golden opening for the hosts 11 minutes after the break, as Toney collected Christian Norgaard’s via ball and squared for Bryan Mbeumo, who could not steer dwelling beneath stress from Bong.
Chris Hughton’s males then made their hosts pay simply after the hour mark, nevertheless it did not come with out controversy. Cafu went unpunished after grappling with Mathias Jensen on midway, with Alex Mighten then shifting the ball on to Bong out on the left flank.
His deep cross to the far submit was flicked on by Lewis Grabban however solely half-cleared by Winston Reid; his clearance fell straight to Krovinovic, who made no mistake to stage.
Toney and second-half substitute Saman Ghoddos tried their luck from vary as time ticked on, whereas Tariqe Fosu additionally had a shot blocked, however efforts to discover a winner proved futile.
Man of the match – James Garner
Sky Sports activities’ Lee Hendrie:
“He has been all around the pitch immediately. He is had loads of vitality, saved the ball effectively and saved issues transferring for Forest.”
Following the March worldwide break, Nottingham Forest return to motion at 3pm on Friday, April 2 after they journey to South Wales to tackle Cardiff, whereas Brentford tackle Huddersfield on the John Smith’s Stadium at 12.30pm the next day, in a recreation stay on Sky Sports activities Soccer.