So close as Bees come back to beat Stoke City 1-2


Brentford (0) 2 Stoke (1) 1 27/2/21 3pm

Stoke failed to take the points from sleepy Brentford, who after gifting Stoke an early goal, woke up long enough to score a couple of goals. Shame. Here’s how the game unfolded in real time:
No Stephen Fletcher! Where will the goals come from? 5 at the back with Chester returning! So, a defensive Stoke side? Ha, such pessimism. Well, this is highflying Brentford.
0.24 1-0!!!! Blimey, Stoke lead as Brentford decide to have a kip in the first minute, with keeper Raya Martin passing straight to Tommy Smith who slips it to Brown to steer home for 1-0. Oh, what Stoke away supporters would have made of this! A beer on every corner of the ground!
21.30 Stoke seemingly controlling the game, but what is puzzling everyone about the goal is why Tommy Smith was hovering in the inside right position in the first place!?
24.30 Yellow card for Thompson for spinning a player around like Strictly Ballroom. Harsh. I’d have given him a score of 5.9!
27.30 Somehow Reid doesn’t get yellow carded for pole-axing Mikel!!!! Who’s reffing this game?
31.04 Somehow Powell and Brown fail to make it 2-0. Anyone would think they weren’t centre forwards…
33.55 Yellow card for Norrington-Davies! His tackle is harmless compared to Reid’s a few minutes earlier that really hurt Mikel. What is going on?
37.04 Unchallenged Reid heads over from a corner from the left. What’s he still doing on the pitch?
HT Brentford Sleepers 0 Stoke Wakers 1
45.00 Tymon and Cousins on for the yellow card kids Thompson and Norrington-Davies.
45.45 Brentford strikers getting in each other’s way to thwart their best chance.
55.35 1-1 ! Another miracle goal against Stoke, a rocket by Vitaly Janelt from outside the box into the far corner. Their FIRST shot on target. Stoke look weaker with those substitutions.
60.55 Brentford strikers swamp Stoke’s area, but somehow fluff another chance.
66.27 Decent Gunn save from distance. Joe Allen then goes in the book after a desperate tackle. Stoke on the ropes.
76.20 Powell turns & blasts over in a well-crafted move. Could be their only chance this half.
78.20 1-2 !! Simple goal by Toney badly defended, Stoke have let this one slip through their fingers.
82.30 Vokes and Clarke on for Brown and Chester, with Stoke going 4-3-3…possibly.
90+4 FT Brentford 2 Stoke 1. It’s getting tough for Michael O’Neill.