Brentford 1-1 Aston villa Highlights
Watch Brentford 1-1 Aston villa Highlights, as Brentford failed to obtain victory over Aston villa as Douglas late equaliser at Gtech community stadium at Saturday meetings.
Villa have not lost since February 18, going from the bottom half of the Premier League to contention for European qualification after being rejuvenated by Unai Emery.
Brentford‘s own push for continental football had flatlined amid a five-game winless run but the hosts looked set to revitalise those hopes when Ivan Toney pounced on Ashley Young’s error at the far post.
But the Bees retreated towards their own penalty area as the minutes ticked down and paid the price in the 87th minute when Douglas Luiz seized on a loose ball in the box to fire past David Raya and earn his side a deserved point which leaves them sixth, while their hosts drop to 10th.
Mathias Jensen scuffed wide after a Leander Dendoncker error and Martinez produced a fine save to deny Toney at close range.
The subsequent blow of losing the Argentina World Cup winner seemed to subdue Villa, who were on the back foot for much of the second period and should have gone behind when replacement goalkeeper Robin Olsen spilled the ball at Kevin Schade’s feet, only for the Brentford forward to hit the side-netting when presented with an open goal.
Mbeumo then skied a good chance but redeemed himself minutes later when he picked out Toney with a fine cross from the right, leaving the striker the simple task of turning the ball past Olsen after Young let the ball run across his body.
Unai Emery on postmatch interview
“I usually analyse the match trying to be focused on how we play. Today we didn’t play good, but it’s a very good point,” said Emery.
“They are a very competent team, they have only lost two matches here, and I knew before the match that to win here was going to be very difficult.
“At the end, to draw after they scored first is even more difficult. Of course we are not happy for how we played but we have to be happy with an important point.”
Thomas Frank on postmatch interview
Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez had to go off at half-time with a stomach virus, but it was Bees boss Thomas Frank who was left feeling sick.
“Isn’t that the beautiful thing about football?” said Frank. “Things like that can happen. Of course, when you sit here and don’t win I have a few emotions in me and I try to control them.
“Part of it is the determination and drive to want to be better and keep going, and in a moment like this they’re bubbling inside me.
“The calm, cool part of me looks at the performance and thinks it’s close to a complete performance, except for a blip; three or four ricocheted shots in the 88th minute.
“We’ve given one half-chance away against a team everyone is praising as absolutely fantastic. If you’re only leading 1-0 it can happen.”
Brentford supporters could have been forgiven if they felt a little trepidation in welcoming Villa to west London, given their form has petered out at the exact time that the visitors have turbo-charged theirs.
The Bees had taken two points from their last five games compared to Villa’s 15 but were not overawed by their in-form opponents during an even first half.
Villa did come closest to opening the scoring when Emiliano Buendia’s shot from the edge of the area was tipped wide by Raya, but Bryan Mbeumo then tested Martinez after some smart skill in the visitors’ area.