2021-22 English Premier League
  • Pontus Jansson (84')
  • Bryan Mbeumo (90'+6' PEN)
  • Emmanuel Dennis (24')

Late comeback gives Brentford 2-1 home win over Watford

Brentford players applaud the home supporters after beating Watford in the Premier League. Getty Images

Late goals from Pontus Jansson and Bryan Mbuemo gave Brentford a 2-1 home win over Watford in the Premier League as they cancelled out a first-half opener from striker Emmanuel Dennis for the visitors in a scrappy encounter on Friday.

The result lifted Brentford to ninth on 20 points from 16 games, while Watford stayed 17th on 13, three points above the relegation zone.

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Visiting goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann tipped over a Shandon Baptiste shot in the fourth minute and then kept out a Mbuemo effort before Watford sprung to life midway through the first half.

Joshua King hit the post for the visitors in the 24th minute and Dennis fired them ahead less than 60 seconds later, powering in a thumping header from a Tom Cleverley corner.

Brentford pressed after the break and Bachmann produced another fine save in the 74th minute to palm away a stinging shot by Christian Noergaard before King had an effort smothered at the other end by home keeper Alvaro Fernandez.

But the home side drew level in the 84th minute as Jansson glanced in a close-range header before Mbeumo turned the match with a penalty deep into stoppage time after William Troost-Ekong fouled substitute Saman Ghoddos.

Jansson admitted Brentford were fortunate to claw out the win after struggling against a well-organised Watford defence for the best part of the contest.

"It's not a good performance but we fought hard, we didn't give away a lot of chances so maybe a draw [would have been] a fair result," the Swedish centre-back told the BBC. "But we've been unlucky in the season and maybe luck was with us tonight."

Jansson was delighted after scoring his first goal for Brentford since he joined them from Leeds United in 2019.

"Finally a goal, eh? It was an important goal. I've saved it for an important moment and it's tough to celebrate with VAR."

"It's crazy. This is what football is all about, these are the moments we are working so hard to try and achieve," Brentford boss Thomas Frank said.

"Not everything was beautiful but we kept trying to play. In general we are giving away a set-piece and one transition chance against a team that has been one of the best offensive teams. They kept patience, fantastic."

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 37 +72 90
2 Liverpool 36 +65 86
3 Chelsea 36 +42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 +24 68
5 Arsenal 37 +9 66
6 Manchester United 37 +1 58
7 West Ham United 37 +11 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 -3 51
9 Leicester City 36 0 48
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 -4 48
11 Brentford 37 -7 46
12 Newcastle United 37 -19 46
13 Crystal Palace 36 +4 45
14 Aston Villa 36 -1 44
15 Southampton 36 -20 40
16 Everton 36 -20 36
17 Leeds United 37 -38 35
18 Burnley 36 -18 34
19 Watford 37 -42 23
20 Norwich City 37 -56 22