Huddersfield 1-1 Brentford: Bees’ sleek auto promotion hopes take a hit as they fail to take advantage of Mads Bech Sorensen’s early second half equalizer
- Huddersfield took the lead in the seventh minute via Lewis O’Brien
- Mads Bech Sorensen then equalized for Brentford for five minutes in the second half
- However, the Bees failed to pass for the winner in the Championship match
- The frustrating draw leaves Brentford nine points behind second place Watford
Brentford’s hopes of automatic promotion to the Premier League faded further after an early blunder cost them victory over relegation-threatened Huddersfield.
Comical defending led to Lewis O’Brien putting the home side ahead in a surprising seventh minute and despite Mads Bech Sorensen’s equalizing goal at the start of the second half, they were unable to complete the turnaround.
Thomas Frank’s team, which was painfully defeated by Fulham in the championship play-off final last August, this time appeared on their way to a top-two finish when they went two points clear at the top of the table with a 3 -1 win over Reading on February 10th.
Mads Bech Sorensen is harassed by his Brentford teammates after leveling the score
Despite the early equalizer in the second half, Brentford failed to push through for the winner
Huddersfield (4-2-3-1): Schofield; Duhaney; Keogh; Sarr; Gordon (Stearman, 59); Minguez (Bacuna, 23); Hogg; Holmes (Rowet, 59); Campbell (Ward, 81); O’Brien; Sanogo
Goals: O’Brien 7
Booked: Holmes, Hogg, Schofield, O’Brien
Brentford (4-3-3): Raya; Rasmussen; Jansson; Pinnock; Sorensen; Ghoddos (Marcondes, 72); Norgaard; Janelt (Jensen, 62); Mbeumo (Forss, 81); Toney; Canos (Fosu, 72)
Goals: Sorensen 50
But a run of just three wins in 10 games since then has derailed their progress and with only eight games remaining, they are now nine points behind second place Watford.
Their return to action after the international break started in a farcical way when they gave Huddersfield a seventh-minute lead.
An innocent ball forward from Naby Sarr caused indecision between Brentford goalkeeper David Raya and Mads Roerslev, who only marked his second league start of the season as a right back due to a knee injury from Henrik Dalsgaard.
Raya initially left his area to clear, but reconsidered and left the clean-up to Roerslev, who only managed to cough up ball possession to Alex Vallejo as Huddersfield rushed.
O’Brien’s resulting shot lacked both power and direction, but comically made its way to the center of the goal with the awkward Raya in the position to do nothing about it.
The opening goal was a huge boost for a Huddersfield team whose only home soil victory this calendar year was a 4-1 beating from another promoter in Swansea in February.
Lewis O’Brien celebrates after putting Huddersfield ahead just seven minutes after the game
O’Brien slots home to give the hosts the perfect start to a comical defense against Brentford
Carlos Corberan’s men mitigated their opponents’ threats early on, but Brentford began to gain a foothold in the middle of the first half, coinciding with a nice, sprawling rescue from Ryan Schofield to deny Vitaly Janelt after Sergi Canos left him outside the box. home defense had slipped.
Seconds later, Brentford made a fierce appeal for a penalty kick in vain when Sarr misjudged an unimpeded header to Schofield running through the area.
Most of the joy came over Brentford’s left, but it was from a long throw from Sorensen, not one of his crosses, from which they created their best chance before the break when in stoppage time championship top scorer Ivan Toney came over the peloton came out to buck over the six-yard box and the ball dodges Bryan Mbeumo’s obstinate dive on its way out for a goal kick.
It was a frustrating afternoon at the office for Thomas Frank and his Brentford side
However, it took only five minutes of the second period for them to level, as the increased pressure eventually told.
A spectacular clearance of the line by Sarr prevented Pontus Jansson from getting his name on the score sheet, but Janelt was able to get the ball back into the danger zone and a punch from Sorensen’s shoe sent him to the bottom corner.
Brentford was painfully close to turning the game around with two goals in as many minutes, but Toney’s angled swipe pounded off the base of the post.