First-half double seals Brentford win against Wolves, despite Shandon Baptiste red card

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Brentford's Ivan Toney slots away a penalty to put his side ahead.  - Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Brentford's Ivan Toney slots away a penalty to put his side ahead. - Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
  • Ivan Toney gives visitors the lead from the penalty spot before setting up Bryan Mbeumo for the second.

  • Shandon Baptiste sees red for two bookings in the second half.

  • Brentford hold on to secure first away win of the season.

Brentford bullied Wolverhampton Wanderers into submission in the first half but in the second, home coach Bruno Lage accused the opposition of falling down too easily.

Striker Ivan Toney typifies Brentford’s determined approach and he scored a penalty and set up their second for Bryan Mbeumo as the Londoners won for the first time in the top flight in 74 years.

Toney and Mbeumo both also had first-half efforts disallowed as the Midlanders defended shambolically.

Ivan Toney sends José Sá the wrong way with a cool two-step penalty. - Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Ivan Toney sends José Sá the wrong way with a cool two-step penalty. - Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Brentford played the last 25 minutes with 10 men after midfielder Shandon Baptiste was dismissed for two bookable offences, yet Wolves failed to produce a single on-target effort.

The closest Wolves – who ended the game with six attackers – came to scoring was Adama Traore’s shot against the bar in the first half.

“I saw too many players on the floor from the opponent – and the goalkeeper changed his gloves!” said Lage.

“For the way their players played the last 45 minutes, there is a different way to manage the game.

“It was too much – if you do it one, two or three times that’s OK but sometimes it was too many players.”

Shandon Baptiste is shown a red card by referee Darren England after receiving two yellow cards. - Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Shandon Baptiste is shown a red card by referee Darren England after receiving two yellow cards. - Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Lage’s view was dismissed by Brentford head coach Thomas Frank.

“I can ask him back ‘what would he have done if he was leading a newly-promoted team – a bus stop in Hounslow – with a budget 10 times less, when you’re leading 2-0 and you’re 10 against 11, I think his players would have timewasted,” said Frank.

“I think I would be asking how the first half went (for his team).

“As for the goalkeeper, he had a big hole in his glove and I shall take a picture and put it on the website.”

Brentford had the ball in the net in the ninth minute when Toney sidefooted in Mbeumo’s low cross but the latter was offside.

Brentford took the lead in the 27th minute with Toney’s penalty.

There could be no complaints either as Fernando Marcal wrestled Toney to the ground from Sergi Canos’s corner.

Toney calmly stroked the ball to Jose Sa’s left for his second goal of the season.

Two minutes later Brentford had a second effort disallowed, for a handball against Toney when he flicked the ball up and backheeled it in after Sa had denied Vitaly Janelt and Mbeumo flicked on the loose ball.

Traore rattled the bar with a fierce drive which took a deflection off Pontus Jansson as Wolves tried to hit back.

Lage later claimed Francisco Trincao, at the time of Traore’s shot, was being similarly manhandled to the penalty incident.

Wolves’ decidedly shaky defending continued as Brentford doubled their lead in the 34th minute.

Max Kilman committed himself too easily against Toney and the striker breezed past him before crossing low to Mbeumo, who lost his marker Romain Saiss to tap home.

Brentford were reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute when Baptiste was sent off for a second bookable offence, for flattening Trincao – just six minutes after his first yellow card.

All Wolves further mustered was a header from Raul Jimenez that dropped fractionally wide from Traore’s cross on 87.

As it happened:

02:05 PM

That's all from the early kick-off

Thanks for joining us, follow the action from the 3pm kick-offs here.

02:03 PM

New signing Hwang Hee-chan came on at the start of the second half for Wolves and looked lively. Check this out:

01:59 PM

Ivan Toney: The man you want taking penalties

That one today means he's now scored 15 of the 16 penalties he has taken in English league football, including all 10 for current club Brentford (excl. play-offs).

Ivan Toney scores the opening goal of the game. - David Davies/PA Wire
Ivan Toney scores the opening goal of the game. - David Davies/PA Wire

01:43 PM

Brentford sit in ninth after an impressive start to their first ever Premier League campaign

01:29 PM


Another victory for Brentford. That's eight points on the board now and it's their first away win of the campaign. They've still only conceded two goals this season.

It's the third straight home defeat for Bruno Lage's men. They stay on three points.

Toney slots a penalty home for the first goal. - REUTERS/Tony Obrie
Toney slots a penalty home for the first goal. - REUTERS/Tony Obrie
Bryan Mbeumo of Brentford - Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
Bryan Mbeumo of Brentford - Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
Brentford's Thomas Frank. - REUTERS/Tony Obrien
Brentford's Thomas Frank. - REUTERS/Tony Obrien
Brentford players celebrate  - REUTERS/Tony Obrien
Brentford players celebrate - REUTERS/Tony Obrien

01:26 PM


Coady gives away a foul. Brentford will see this out now to seal their win.

01:24 PM

93 mins

Another Wolves attack. Brentford get enough players back and force Neves to rip one from 25 yards.

Close, but Raya watches it go wide.

01:21 PM

Ivan Toney: Man of the Match

He's had a quiet second half, but he did enough in the first half to win today's accolade.

01:20 PM


Can Wolves pull something out the bag here against 10-man Brentford?

01:19 PM

89 mins

Mbeumo hits the crossbar! On the counter, he gets between his defenders and gets a shot away. He could've sealed it there.

01:18 PM

88 mins

Five in the box and another cross from Traore, but he's got underneath it and it's gone miles over all of them.

01:17 PM

87 mins

Jimenez goes close! Traore gets a cross in and Jimenez rises up to get his header goal bound, but it's just wide!

01:16 PM

85 mins

Toney's been quiet this second half, but he's seen Jose Sa off his line and tries to chip it over him.

01:15 PM

84 mins

A Trincão freekick goes wide. A decent chance slips by. Brentford now doing all they can to run the clock down.

01:14 PM


Jansson is replaced by Mathias Jorgensen for Brentford.

Fabio Silva is on for Wolves, replacing Semedo. All out attack. It looks like they've gone two at the back now!

01:10 PM


Yellow card for Thomas Frank. He's fuming at the ref and strays into the Wolves technical area.

01:09 PM

78 mins

Traore on another one of his surging runs up the right hand side from before the halfway line.

He's got two Wolves shirts in the box, but his cross goes above both of them.

01:07 PM


01:04 PM

73 mins

The flag has been up for ages there. Hwang was clearly offside, the linesman's raised his flag, but the referee doesn't blow until Wolves manage to get a shot away.

01:02 PM


Marcal off for Wolves, Podence comes on. Trincão drops to left-back.

01:01 PM

70 mins

Wolves have less than 20 minutes to avoid a third straight home defeat in the Premier League.

01:00 PM

69 mins

Wolves go streaming forward on a rapid counter attack. It comes to nothing in the end, but gaps are opening up wide now as Brentford struggle to plug the gaps with 10 men.

12:58 PM

67 mins

Incredible last minute challenge by Ajer to deny Hwang from a few yards out. Absolutely perfect there.

12:57 PM


Canos comes off for Onyeka.

12:55 PM

63 mins RED CARD

A crazy challenge by Baptiste who picks up a second yellow and is sent off. Both challenges that he's been booked for were unnecessary. Can Wolves turn it around with the extra man?

12:52 PM

61 mins

And another cross from Traore, but nobody is on the receiving end of it... They need to get more men in the box if they're to capitalise on these threatening runs from Traore.

12:51 PM

60 mins

A pacey cross form Traore inside the box. Jimenez can't get there though.

Not the first time dangerous crosses have come to nothing for Wolves this half.

12:49 PM

58 mins

Baptiste goes in the book for a sliding challenge on Marcal deep into the Wolves half.

12:48 PM

57 mins

Neves with a clumsy challenge on Baptiste who's almost through on goal. He goes in the book for that. Brentford free kick, 30 yards out.

12:47 PM

55 mins

Fantastic run by Hwang. He's almost forced out to the left of the Brentford goal, but stays on his feet and gets past his man, but he can't quite reach his teammates in the middle. Great creativity there. The crowd at Molineux are loving it.

12:42 PM

52 mins

A change of gloves for Raya for the second half... will he keep a clean sheet at Molineux this afternoon?

Brentford's Raya - Reuters/Andrew Couldridge 
Brentford's Raya - Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

12:40 PM

49 mins

Traore loops a cross in and it goes over Raya. That was so close to going in! It only needed a dink from one of the Wolves attackers. Where were they?

12:38 PM

46 mins

Yellow card for Henry. He blocks Hwang's attack on the right. Free kick to come.

The ball is teased in by Moutinho, but Raya comes out to receive.

A couple of Brentford players have gone down in the box and get some medical treatment. They're back on their feet now.

12:35 PM

Second half underway

New signing Hwang Hee-Chan comes on for Wolves. He replaces Saïss.

12:31 PM

The second half is coming up shortly... here's that goal from Mbeumo

12:26 PM

How will Wolves respond in the second half?

They've not been poor, but Brentford's Ivan Toney has been razor sharp this match.

Toney tucks away a penalty. - David Davies/PA Wire
Toney tucks away a penalty. - David Davies/PA Wire

12:21 PM

Half-time: Wolves 0-2 Brentford

Wolves dominate possession in the final few minutes, but there's no way through that Brentford defence.

Newly-promoted Brentford have been extremely well organised and taken the chances when they've come. Two disallowed goals could have easily made it four.

How will Bruno Lage's side respond?

12:15 PM

Three minutes to be added on

We've had a few breaks for VAR, so another three minutes of this half to go.

12:14 PM

42 mins

Canos makes his way up the right hand side, they've been looking confident on this side today, but a clinical tackle by Moutinho stops the attack dead.

12:11 PM

40 mins

Wolves trying to build here, but there's no way through. Toney goes off on another counter attack, but it comfortably comes to back to Jose Sa.

12:09 PM

37 mins

Yellow card for Saiss. He goes in hard on Toney at the halfway line. The second yellow of the game for Wolves.

12:06 PM

34 mins GOAL Wolves 0-2 Brentford

Straight on the counter attack, Brentford rush up the field. Toney gets past the right centre back, comes inside and squares it to Mbeumo who easily slots it home.

Brentford's Bryan Mbeumo celebrates scoring their second goal with Sergi Canos. - REUTERS/Tony Obrien
Brentford's Bryan Mbeumo celebrates scoring their second goal with Sergi Canos. - REUTERS/Tony Obrien

12:04 PM

33 mins

Wolves responding strongly here. A couple of attacks go close, but this firm Brentford defence is proving difficult to break down.

12:03 PM

31 mins

What a strike from Traore! He's 20 yards out and lets rip, but it takes a deflection off a Brentford defender and rattles the crossbar.

12:02 PM


In the end it wasn't offside, but it touched Toney's arm before he got his foot on it and it's ruled a handball.

Still Wolves 0-1 Brentford.

12:00 PM

28 mins

Is it a goal? We've gone to VAR here for a review on a second Toney goal.

11:59 AM

27 mins GOAL Wolves 0-1 Brentford

Toney takes two steps up and sticks the penalty into the bottom right after waiting for the keeper to move first. Jose Sa is given a yellow for roughing up the penalty spot.

Toney nets a penalty for Brentford.  - David Davies/PA Wir
Toney nets a penalty for Brentford. - David Davies/PA Wir

11:57 AM

26 mins


11:56 AM

25 mins

It's cleared by Nevez for another corner. A great ball in, and the referee has given a free kick and they're going to VAR for a penalty for Marcal's tussle with Toney.

11:55 AM

24 mins

Brentford win a corner. What can they do here?

11:54 AM

22 mins

Jimenez gets himself into a good position and gets a pass into the danger zone, but no-one is there to get onto it.

11:51 AM

20 mins

Brentford slowing down play here and getting a bit more possession in the middle. It results in an attack that breaks down quickly after Henry failed to make a run.

11:48 AM

16 mins

Traore sets himself on a steaming run forward and gets a shot away, 18 yards out, but it's wide. That's the closest opportunity for Wolves so far.

11:46 AM

14 mins

Traore threatening again on that left wing. He shows good strength to earn his side a throw, before it's cleared by the Brentford defence. Another throw.

Adame Traore - Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images
Adame Traore - Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

11:44 AM

13 mins

Traore with a cross which is deflected for a corner. It's whipped in, but headed away before Marçal goes for another pop from distance which goes wide.

11:42 AM

9 mins

Disallowed goal. Mbuemo is a few yards off before he squares the ball to Toney. Early chance there for Brentford against the run of play.

11:38 AM

7 mins

The home side are dominating the early possession here. They're building well in the final third and looking confident with lots of bodies forward on the attack.

11:35 AM

4 mins

A nice bit of possession by Wolves. It ends with a curling effort from Marçal about 20 yards out, but it's wide.

11:33 AM

2 mins

First free kick of the game whipped in from the right by Canos for Brentford, but comfortably claimed Jose Sa

11:31 AM

And we're underway!

A sunny day at Molineux for this early kick-off.

11:30 AM

Darren England the referee today

We're all set to go here.

11:27 AM

The players are out!

Just a few minutes to go now...

11:25 AM

A reminder of how the teams are lining-up today at Molineux

Wolves (3-4-3) Jose Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal; Trincao, Jimenez, Traore. Substitutes: Ruddy, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Mosquera, Boly, Podence, Dendoncker, Silva, Hwang.

Brentford (3-5-2) Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Baptiste, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry; Mbuemo, Toney. Substitutes: Fernandez, Thompson, Zanka, Roerslev, Onyeka, Jensen, Wissa, Forss, Ghoddos.

11:14 AM

What did Bruno Lage have to say about Brentford ahead of kick-off?

Speaking with BT Sport, he said:

They’re a strong team. They do things very well. They are solid and compact with their defending, they like to press, and what they did in their last games was very good.

They have done solid work during two or three years, so it will be a good game for us today.

Bruno Lage - Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images
Bruno Lage - Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

10:58 AM

What else have we got coming up today?

We'll be blogging across the four 3pm kick-offs:

Burnley vs Arsenal

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Man City vs Southampton

Norwich vs Watford

And we'll have a dedicated live blog for Everton's visit to Villa Park at 5:30pm.

10:53 AM

Thomas Frank's rise from coaching Denmark under-16s to the Premier League over the past decade

10:46 AM

Wolves have won three of their last four league games against Brentford

The other was a draw, and the last fixture between the two was a 3-0 Championship win at Molineux in January 2018.

Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - September 18, 2021 - REUTERS/Tony Obrien
Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - September 18, 2021 - REUTERS/Tony Obrien

10:34 AM

And here's the Brentford teamsheet

10:32 AM

Unchanged line-ups for both sides today

10:19 AM

Team sheets through in 15 minutes

Stay-tuned for the line-ups, expected in at 11:30am.

10:01 AM

Hwang-Hee Chan set challenge by manager Bruno Lage

Wolves boss Bruno Lage refused to put the pressure on Hwang-Hee Chan and insisted the striker must dream of his goalscoring rivals.

The South Korea star scored a debut goal to help beat Watford 2-0 last weekend and secure Wolves' first Premier League win of the season.

Lage was reluctant to compare Hwang to his South Korea international team-mate Son Heung-min, who has scored 109 goals for Tottenham, and wants him to always think about his rivals for a starting spot.

"Son has already proved at Tottenham what a big player he is. Hwang did very well in Austria and he didn't have many chances in Germany and, now, he has started very well with us," he said ahead of Saturday's visit of Brentford.

"He has only played 30 minutes so in the same way I don't want to put pressure on anyone.

"I want to train the way we want to play, with a high tempo, and he is one more player to help us.

"I'm very happy to have four players to play there (up front). That's the point, to have top players. In that position, when they go to sleep, they dream about what the other guys are doing in training and the games."

Hwang - on loan from RB Leipzig with Wolves holding a £13million option to buy - is pushing to start but Jonny (knee) and Pedro Neto (knee) remain out for Lage with Neto not expected back until the new year.

Wolves lost their opening three games 1-0 despite having 57 attempts on goal but Lage insisted the mood around Molineux remains the same regardless of the results.

He said: "I don't see too much difference. The confidence comes in two ways. One is the result and the other is the way we work, the way we are playing and chances we are creating.

"When we win everything is not good and when we lose everything is not wrong. It should be the balance between the two.

"Since the first day I have seen everyone trying to work hard to improve. That's why the environment has been nice in these three months."

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