Southampton embarrassed Brentford at St. Mary’s on Wednesday night, beating the newly-promoted facet 4-1.
Objectives from Jan Bednarek, Armando Broja, Che Adams and an personal aim from Alvaro Fernandez have been sufficient for the Saints to file their greatest win of the season, and condemn Brentford to their greatest defeat since promotion.
Southampton began the sport brightly, utilising their wing-backs to nice impact, and deservedly went forward within the fifth minute. The aim got here from (yep, you guessed it) James Ward-Prowse, with the England worldwide whipping an excellent nook kick into the six-yard field the place Bednarek was readily available to move dwelling.
It might have been 2-0 inside ten minutes, nonetheless Broja’s sensible play out and subsequent low ball throughout the aim was not latched onto by any onrushing Southampton gamers.
After that interval of dominance, Brentford started to develop into the sport. Ivan Toney noticed a good volleyed likelihood go abegging, earlier than Vitaly Janelt confirmed his teammate the way it’s achieved with a elegant aim a couple of minutes later. The German caught a Bryan Mbeumo cross from the correct flank superbly on the complete volley to fireside dwelling his second aim of the season.
The sport actually opened up thereafter, as each groups (in all honesty) actually struggled defensively.
Oriol Romeu spurned an opportunity to provide the Saints a 2-1 lead on the half-hour mark, stabbing a shot from the penalty spot nicely over the crossbar, then his midfield teammate Ibrahima Diallo did give Southampton the lead…nicely, Brentford’s goalkeeper Fernandez really gave Southampton the lead…
The aim did come from a well-hit half-volley from the sting of the penalty space by Diallo, however it hit the put up then ricocheted off Fernandez’s again and into the online. Unfortunate mate.
After that little bit of misfortune, Fernandez redeemed himself ever-so-slightly by making an excellent save to tip a Romain Perraud header out for a nook.
Regardless of Brentford’s finest offensive efforts at the beginning of the second half, Southampton caught them rapidly on the counter assault on the forty eighth minute to make it 3-1. The aim got here following a stunning slide by means of ball from Romeu to Broja who, after bombing into the field, was capable of curl the ball previous Fernandez.
The guests gave it a go at all through the remainder of the half, however lacked any semblance of high quality on or off the ball.
And due to this lack of high quality, they conceded a fourth within the seventieth minute. Some comically dangerous defensive work allowed substitute Adams to steal in behind the defence and chip the ball over the comically dangerous Fernandez in aim.
Within the final ten minutes Brentford really upped their recreation a bit, with Mbeumo forcing Fraser Forster into an ideal save, nonetheless it was approach too little approach too late from Thomas Frank’s males.
This is how the gamers rated.
Fraser Forster (GK) – 6/10 – May do nothing about Janelt’s aim, and had mainly nothing else to do till his facet have been 4-1 up when he was compelled right into a save from Mbeumo.
Lycano (CB) – 5/10 – First rate outing for the defender.
Jan Bednarek (CB) – 6/10 – Scored the opener. At all times a risk from set items as a result of he’s completely huge.
Mohammed Salisu (CB) – 5/10 – Battled admirably with Toney.
Nathan Tella (RWB) – 6/10 – Labored extraordinarily exhausting all evening.
Oriol Romeu (CM) – 7/10 – Pretty ball by means of to Broja for the third aim. Strong as all the time defensively too.
James Ward-Prowse (CM) – 7/10 – As you’d count on, his set items have been world class all evening. Bagged an help.
Ibrahima Diallo (CM) – 8/10 – Finest participant on the pitch throughout the first half. Darted round, offering high quality on and off the ball, and his effort from the sting of the field led to Southampton’s second aim.
Romain Perraud (LWB) – 6/10 – Very vigorous and was denied a aim by an ideal save from Fernandez.
Nathan Redmond (ST) – 4/10 – Busy however not, , good.
Armando Broja (ST) – 9/10 – The child’s simply very, superb. An actual handful and had the beating of all three of Brentford’s centre-backs. Deservedly scored a aim.
Che Adams – 6/10 – Got here on and scored a aim. Good work buddy.
Stuart Armstrong – N/A.
Adam Armstrong – N/A.
Alvaro Fernandez (GK) – 1/10 – Clearly focused at set items, and Southampton bought plenty of pleasure from whipping free-kicks and nook kicks into his six-yard field. Additionally they bought plenty of pleasure from Fernandez scoring an unlucky personal aim. Completely horrible, and we’re being good saying that.
Kristoffer Ajer (CB) – 3/10 – The most effective of Brentford’s again three. Which is not saying a lot in any respect.
Pontus Jansson (CB) – 2/10 – Disastrous positioning within the lead as much as the third aim. And the fourth. Simply not superb.
Ethan Pinnock (CB) – 2/10 – Like Jansson, ran ragged by Broja.
Mads Roerslev (RWB) – 4/10 – Struggled to compete with Perraud.
Shandon Baptiste (CM) – N/A – Was he on the pitch? If he was, you could not inform.
Christian Norgaard (CM) – 2/10 – Couldn’t get close to Southampton’s midfield. Utterly outclassed.
Vitaly Janelt (CM) – 6/10 – Outrageous volley. Among the best targets we have seen this season.
Sergi Canos (LWB) – 4/10 – Nowhere as efficient as you’d need him to be down the correct flank.
Bryan Mbeumo (ST) – 5/10 – Nice ball into the penalty space for Janelt’s equaliser.
Ivan Toney (ST) – 4/10 – Clearly very pissed off with the shortage of any service from Brenford’s very horrible midfield.
Yoane Wissa – N/A.
Mathias Jansen – N/A.
Finley Stevens – N/A.