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Fulham 0-3 Brentford: Tim Ream sent off as Yoane Wissa and Bryan Mbeumo strike again for Bees

Match report and free highlights as Yoane Wissa scores before half-time after mistake from Fulham's Issa Diop; Tim Ream gives away penalty and sees red for second yellow card which is converted by Bryan Mbeumo; Brentford wrap-up 3-0 victory in injury time when Mbeumo taps in

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Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa struck again to earn Brentford a 3-0 victory over 10-player Fulham, who saw defender Tim Ream sent off.

Wissa and Mbeumo scored in the Bees' 2-2 draw with Tottenham on the opening day of the Premier League season and shone once more filling in for the suspended Ivan Toney.

A mistake by Fulham centre-back Issa Diop allowed Wissa to score a minute before half-time in what was a tight first half at Craven Cottage.

The second period was much more eventful with Ream shown a second yellow card for fouling Wissa in the box and Mbeumo converted the spot-kick before scoring his second with a tap-in during added time.

Player ratings:

Fulham: Leno (5), Tete (5), Reed (5), Jimenez (5), Wilson (5), Ream (4), Decordova-Reid (5), Pereira (6), Lukic (5), Diop (4), Robinson (5).

Subs: Willian (5), Bassey (5), Palhinha (5), Traore (n/a), Muniz (n/a)

Brentford: Flekken (7), Hickey (6), Henry (7), Pinnock (8), Norgaard (7), Jensen (7), Schade (6), Wissa (8), Mbeumo (8), Collins (7), Janelt (7).

Subs: Lewis-Potter (6), Roerslev (n/a), Dasilva (n/a), Damsgaard (n/a), Ajer (n/a)

Player of the Match: Bryan Mbeumo

How Brentford beat their London rivals

A tight first period was dominated by nearly moments until Diop's mistake a minute before the break defined the half.

The visitors had gone close moments earlier when Mbeumo fired across goal and Wissa's scuffed effort looked to be heading in until Antonee Robinson cleared the ball a yard from the goalline.

Yoane Wissa celebrates after opening the scoring for Brentford at Fulham
Image: Yoane Wissa celebrates after opening the scoring for Brentford at Fulham

Wissa wasn't to be denied long though. Diop's attempted pass back to goalkeeper Bernd Leno came off the centre-back's toe, allowing the striker in on goal. He still had Leno to beat, rounding him and slotting into an empty net.

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Team news:

  • Andreas Pereira and Bobby Decordova-Reid started for Fulham in place of Willian and Tom Cairney.
  • Joao Palhinha returned from injury on the bench and new signing Adama Traore was also among the substitutes for the first time. Aleksandar Mitrovic was ruled out with an ankle injury.
  • Kevin Schade came in for Kristoffer Ajer as Brentford's only change from their 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Fulham nearly levelled shortly after the interval as Bobby Decordova-Reid's left-footed effort from the edge of the box came back off the crossbar.

Leno then tipped over Mathias Jensen's volley before the big talking point of the match. Wissa missed his kick as he tried to shoot at goal and went to ground under pressure from Ream.

Yoane Wissa celebrates after giving Brentford the lead at Fulham
Image: Yoane Wissa celebrates after giving Brentford the lead at Fulham

The centre-back, booked in first-half added time, was shown a second yellow card and Mbeumo cooly rolled the penalty in off the left post.

Brentford were thoroughly in control from then on, adding some gloss to the scoreline in injury time when substitute Kristoffer Ajer crossed for Mbeumo to score with a simple tap-in.

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Silva: Everyone should be surprised at red card

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Fulham boss Marco Silva gives couldn't understand why Tim Read had been sent off during the 3-0 defeat to London rivals Brentford.

Fulham manager Marco Silva to Sky Sports:

"Many things [went wrong] not just one to be honest. Tight game as you'd expect. They deserved three points. One or two moments were punished. It was a really balanced first half, not many chances. We had moments, so did they.

"Almost at the end of the first half they scored and that had a huge impact. We started the second half better. We could have equalised."

Christian Norgaard lunges to challenge Harrison Reed
Image: Christian Norgaard lunges to challenge Harrison Reed

On the penalty and red card against Tim Ream: "Looking at the moment it's really difficult. I didn't see anything there. It's the new Premier League we have to get used to it. Any time you don't have your hands in your pocket it's a yellow card for the manager. Any time a player moves in the direction of the referee there will be a yellow card.

"We'll have over 200 yellows in the first 10 weeks. There are new rules and we have to get used to it. The Premier League is totally different now to last season or the season before or 20 years ago. We have to adapt. It's difficult to understand.

"Everyone wants 11 vs 11. In this way, it will be difficult. We have to adapt for this new Premier League we're facing. I didn't see anything. We were surprised by the penalty and red card. The game was finished from that moment. I think everyone should be surprised by that situation. Our players couldn't believe it.

Mathias Jensen tangles with Kenny Tete
Image: Mathias Jensen tangles with Kenny Tete

"They didn't see a clear and obvious error. Tim tried to go for the ball. He didn't try to take him as well. He doesn't do anything. It's not the referee's fault we lost the game, congratulations to Brentford. Clear not penalty.

"We lost in that moment, the game was finished. We were fighting at 1-0. That moment decides the game. It was an error from the referee and the VAR had the same opinion."

Mitrovic set to complete Al Hilal move | Silva: He forced everything to leave

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Fulham head coach Marco Silva confirms Aleksandar Mitrovic will leave the club after the Serb wasn't included in the squad for their game against Brentford

Aleksandar Mitrovic is travelling to Saudi Arabia to complete a deal in excess of £46m to Al Hilal, Fulham boss Marco Silva has confirmed.

Mitrovic was not named in Fulham's squad for their 3-0 home defeat to Brentford and he is set to sign a three-year deal after being given permission to fly for a medical.

The Serbia international has been pushing to leave Fulham this summer and previously told relatives he would not play for the club again.

In his post-match press conference, Silva said: "He was not in the squad because he did not train with the team - he got injured in the last game.

"About his future, he's on his way to leave the club. I got information before the match and now the confirmation from the club after the match that he's on his way to leave the club. Both clubs got an agreement and now is the moment to finish with Mitrovic in our club.

"As you know, he forced everything to leave the club. He wanted to leave the club. Until the moment we had a financial agreement, we kept him in our football club. They have reached an agreement and now is the moment for us to keep playing and working with our team."

Frank: We were confident Wissa, Mbuemo would score goals

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Brentford boss Thomas Frank gave his reaction to Sky Sports following his side's 3-0 win away at London rivals Fulham.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank to Sky Sports:

"Such a good day for the fans. Local derby and we won. Very pleased for that. The first half was very even, not too much either way. Fulham are a good side. We were very dangerous second half. At 2-0, 11 against 10, it should be game over and it was game over."

On the penalty: "Big moment. We were the better side at that stage so it was more than likely we'd score. For me it's a penalty. He's in front of Ream and there's clear contact."

On Wissa playing centrally: "I'm very pleased with him. His goal is not as easy as it looks. He has to stay composed. His link-up play was really good. He could have scored one more goal.

"I prefer to keep Ivan (Toney) of course but we were quite confident that Wissa and Mbeumo will provide us goals. So will Lewis-Potter and Schade. That's why we haven't brought in another striker.

"Very pleased with that clean sheet, so important for the team and Flekken and Collins."

Fantasy Premier League stats

FPL Stats: Fulham vs Brentford

Goals Mbeumo (2), Wissa
Assists Wissa, Ajer
Bonus points Mbeumo (3), Wissa (2), Pinnock (1)

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Opta stats: Wissa on a hot streak

  • Brentford are unbeaten in their last 11 league games against opponents from London (W6 D5) - their joint-longest ever such run in the top four tiers (alongside an 11-game run between February 1954 and August 1955).
  • Fulham have failed to win their opening two league games of the season for a seventh consecutive campaign - last doing so in 2016-17 in the Championship under Slavisa Jokanovic.
  • Bryan Mbeumo has been directly involved in eight goals across his last five Premier League appearances (six goals, two assists), as many as in his prior 21 games in the competition. Today's goals saw him become the joint top scorer from Cameroon in the Premier League (16 goals, equal with Joseph-Desire Job).
  • Yoane Wissa has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games, one more than in his previous 29 appearances combined (three).

What's next?

Fulham's next game is away to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday - kick-off 3pm.

Marco Silva's side then host Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday August 29 - kick-off 7.45pm.

Brentford are next in action on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League - kick-off 3pm.

The Bees then turn their attention to the Carabao Cup, with a trip to Newport on Tuesday August 29 - kick-off 7.45pm.

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