Brentford 3-1 Stoke: Nathan Jones loses first game responsible for visitors while Ryan Shawcross scored his own goal before Said Benrahma and Rico Henry struck
- Ryan Shawcross scored its own goal before Said Benrahma doubled the lead
- Benik Afobe scored to give Stoke the hope to come back against Brentford
- But Rico Henry hit a third for the Bees and she conquered the side of Nathan Jones
Harry Slavin for the mail on Sunday
Nathan Jones admitted he was married to his former club Luton Town. Perhaps he questioned his reasons for divorce while he saw his honeymoon in Stoke evaporate after a chastisement in Brentford.
A Ryan Shawcross own goal followed by a Said Benrahma attack on the hosts set the tone in Griffin Park, and although Benik Afobe pulled one back, they were never really at Griffin Park.
Rico Henry's second half of the strike put the glare on a scoreline that still did not reflect their grip on this game.
The players of Stoke City show their dejection when they fall to a 3-1 defeat against Brentford
Nathan Jones took charge of his first match as Stoke manager since he came from Luton
Not the start that Jones would provide when the Potters suffered their third loss in four.
The 45-year-old took over from Gary Rowett on Wednesday and expressed a philosophy that fans can be proud of. There was little sign of that on Saturday.
His first explanation on the field was a change in the formation, which dropped 4-3-3 in favor of the 4-3-1-2 which had served him so well in Luton.
Ryan Shawcross scored the opener in the first half when he scored an unfortunate own goal
We came here with a brave form and asked the team to do certain things, but we did not have the best start. & # 39; said Jones.
& # 39; If I just wanted to win today, we might have done things differently. We want to build something here, we're going to do that, but it was not a good day. I have only been in two days, so we can not unleash a revolution during that time. & # 39;
A Stoke side that tinkered with a new system was always an attractive prospect for a side that was also drilled as Brentford and they benefited optimally.
Benrahma had already seen a shot when he waved to the left in a bend for seven minutes.
Neal Maupay celebrates as the hosts continue in Griffin Park against their championship rivals
A deflection caused a ferocious Afobe to whip the ball from his own line, but everything turned out to be in vain – his clearance kicked back into his own goal through the face of the unfortunate Shawcross.
It got worse in 17 minutes. Ollie Watkins, the only change made by Thomas Frank from their last league game against Norwich, played Romaine Sawyers inside the defense on the right and his cut was perfect for Benrahma to go the far corner.
I would say that this is the best and most complete show since I became head trainer, & # 39; Frank beamed fulltime.
Benik Afobe celebrates while he scored to bring Stoke back into the game on Saturday
Stoke eventually created something and Afobe was alert when the opportunity hit him after 23 minutes. Tom Ince played him one by one and the former striker of Wolves pushed his attempt in the upper right corner from the edge of the area.
Despite the foot on the ground, confusion still prevailed. A substitute at the break saw the ineffective Berahino removed and Peter Etebo put in its place. The system changed, but the direction of play did not.
Brentford started the second half while they were the first and with their domination a third, Henry, came in from the left flank with goal and hit low and hard back over Butland's goal to find the bottom corner. It was everything the hosts deserved.
Jones, who instructed Ashley Williams, could not make up for a draw because his team lost 3-1