AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Brentford: Mbeumo seals all three points for ten-man Bees at fellow promotion chasers Bournemouth
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Bryan Mbeumo fired home a winner for Brentford with 13 minutes remaining as they beat AFC Bournemouth 1-0 in the Championship at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

There were chances at both ends of the pitch, however, a superb finish from Mbeumo sealed the victory for ten-man Bees who saw Pontus Jansson sent off for a second bookable offence following a tangle with Arnaut Danjuma.

  • Story of the match

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors Mathias Jensen, he  delivered a free-kick to the back post, where Ethan Pinnock headed over the bar, before Sergi Canos fired over from 20 yards.

Bournemouth's first chance fell to Junior Stanislas after he was played in by Dominic Solanke, however, the midfielder slipped as he fired towards goal and his effort was just wide.

The visitors should have took the lead when Mads Roerslev's cross was knocked down by Marcus Forss into the six-yard area, where Canos didn't get a clean connection onto the ball, it allowed Steve Cook to clear off the line, from the rebound Ivan Toney saw an effort blocked by Jack Wilshere.

Brentford went close again soon after when Tarique Fosu found Jensen, whose effort forces Asmir Begovic into smart stop.

The visitors had a big chance to take the lead, Vitaly Janelt played the ball into Fosu, he sets up Toney who failed to take his chance as Begovic saves well with his legs.

Forss saw an effort blocked by his own player as the visitors continued to press for the opening goal, before Jansen was in space inside the area, he found Toney whose effort went wide at the far post.

Just before the break, Toney brought down a great ball by Fosu, but his effort went just wide of the far post from around 20 yards.

The first chance of the second half fell to the visitors, Canos scuffed an effort wide of the near post, before a big moment arrived in the game.

Brentford were reduced to ten-men as a long ball forward looking for Danjuma and both the Bournemouth winger and Jansson tangled up on the floor and referee John Brooks had no chance put to produce a second yellow for the Bees captain.

The visitors thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Toney went down in the box under a challenge with Wilshere, but the referee waved the appeals away.

A big chance for the visitors arrived with 18 minutes remaining, Toney found Forss who could only fire over the bar.

Emiliano Marcondes fired an effort towards goal, which Begovic managed to turn around for a corner.

With 13 minutes to go the opening goal arrived, Toney fired an effort towards goal from a tight angle, before he saw an effort saved by Begovic, who could only palm out for Mbuemo fired home after he took a very decent touch.

With the last chance of the game Sam Surridge got beyond Janelt who found a bit of space for a cross from the right by David Raya claimed with easily.

  • Takeaways

Professional job by Brentford

It was a very professional job by Thomas Frank's side, despite going down to ten men they never gave up and secured a vital three points in the race for the play-offs, thanks to a fantastic goal from Bryan Mbeumo.

  • Teams

AFC Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith (Stacey 61), Carter-Vickers, Cook (C), Rico, Lerma (Pearson 81), Wilshere (Surridge 77), Stanislas, Billing (Brooks 61), Danjuma, Solanke.

Subs (not used): Travers, Mepham, Kilkenny, Anthony, Riquelme. 

Brentford: Raya, Jansson (C), Norgaard, Pinnock, Roerslev (Ghoddos 90+2), Fosu (Sorensen 55), Janelt, Jensen (Marcondes 74), Canos (Goode 54), Toney, Forss (Mbuemo 74).

Subs (not used): Daniels, Stevens, Gordon, Bidstrup.

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