Brentford beats Burnley With a late double strike from their star striker – who has now racked up five goals in his last two games.
Successive wins for Brentford move them nine points clear of the relegation zone while condemning their opponents to stay mired in the bottom three.
Should the Bees ultimately survive their debut Premier League campaign, they may well look back on the final 10 minutes today.
When they finally broke through, a brave Burnley rearguard to settle a hard-fought contest in their favour.
Heading back to Lancashire, the visitors will reflect on a potential point lost, and time is running out to haul themselves away from danger.
BRENTFORD (4-3-3): David Raya;
Kristoffer Ajer, Ethan Pinnock, Pontus Jansson, Rico Henry;
Vitaly Janelt, Christian Norgaard, Christian Eriksen;
Sergi Canos, Ivan Toney, Bryan Mbeumo.
SUBS: Jonas Lossl, Mads Roerslev Rasmussen, Mathias Jensen, Mads Bech Sorensen,
Shandon Baptiste, Saman Ghoddos, Yoane Wissa, Frank Onyeka, Zanka.
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Nick Pope;
Connor Roberts, Nathan Collins, James Tarkowski, Charlie Taylor;
Aaron Lennon, Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Dwight McNeil;
Maxwel Cornet, Wout Weghorst.
SUBS: Wayne Hennessey, Matt Lowton, Ashley Barnes, Phil Bardsley, Jay Rodriguez,
Dale Stephens, Kevin Long, Bobby Thomas, Jack Cork.
BRENTFORD LEAD! A rare moment of inspiration opens the door as Eriksen whips a beautiful left-footed cross from the edge of the box towards the lurking Toney. The big striker then stoops to plant a header into the back of the net from six yards! Brentford 1-0 Burnley.
TONEY STRIKES TWICE! Coolly stepping up to the ball with a short approach, Toney steers his penalty kick past the despairing dive of Pope in the Burnley goal – finding the left side of the net. That’s the points wrapped up: Brentford 2-0 Burnley.
So, where else do Brentford and Burnley go from here?
Brentford will face Leicester City next week in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Burnley will host Man City.
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