Brentford v Everton: Premier League – live

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49 min Full disclosure: it hasn’t been the most exhilarating start to the second half.

46 min Peep peep! Brentford begin the second half; no changes on either side.

“I’ve stopped for lunch while driving through Oklahoma and I’ve had the game on satellite radio,” writes Matt Burtz, Oklahoma’s biggest Everton fan. “It’s very typical of Everton to concede in such a fashion after starting strong but only scoring the one goal. Here’s hoping they can somehow conjure up another one, or at least hang on for the draw. Beto has to hit the Premier League scoresheet at some point, right?”

I hope so. I really like him and want him to do well. His record in Serie A was decent: 22 in 65 games for a mid-table side in Udinese.

“Based on the evidence of this first half, Idrissa Gueye may just be the most out of confidence player I’ve seen so far this season,” writes Alex Whitney. “Does Dyche have no one else to put on in midfield?”

I don’t think so. You could play Onana there but Sean Dyche likes to have at least two ballwinners. At a push I suppose you could play Garner and Onana as the two No6s.

Half-time reading

Half time: Brentford 1-1 Everton

That’s the end of a flawed but interesting first half. Both goals came against the run of play – Abdoulaye Doucoure for Everton in the sixth minute, Mathias Jensen for Brentford in the 28th.

Brentford were almost bewilderingly bad between the goals but dominated thereafter. Even then, Everton were a threat on the break and the otherwise superb Beto missed a pretty good chance.

See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

45+1 min Three minutes of added time.

45 min Beto’s excellent cross-shot on the turn drifts across the six-yard box and behind for a goalkick. That was crying out for a sniffer to charge onto the bat and roof it gleefully from a yard out.

44 min Gueye shoots high and wide from distance. Know your limits, son.

41 min: Chance for Brentford! Wissa releases the speedy Mbeumo on the right side of the area. He slides a low cross that beats Pickford and is pushed just wide by Lewis-Potter, four yards out beyond the far post. That makes it sound like an open goal but it was trickier than that. Tarkowski slid in front of Lewis-Potter, and may have got a slight touch on the ball. Either way, his presence impacted Lewis-Potter’s attempt.

40 min I think Onana twisted his ankle, which is why he fell over. He’s being booed but that’s unfair; he wasn’t trying to buy a penalty.

39 min Beto shows a cracking turn of pace to burst away from Roerslev on the left. He angles a low cross behind Onana, who goes down after a challenge from Hickey. I don’t think anybody appealed for a penalty.

38 min Here’s Mathias Jensen’s equaliser.

36 min: Chance for Beto! Another opportunity goes begging for Everton. Onana (I think) runs 30 yards and slides a good pass down the side of the Brentford defence. Beto runs through on goal but then scoops a slightly weird shot that goes over Flekken and wide of the far post. I think he missed his kick.

35 min Beto again does well to muscle Collins aside and collect a nothing ball forward, but he’s all on his own and the attack peters out.

34 min It’s all Brentford now. Everton are being pinned in their third, never mind their half.

33 min “To my neutral eye Everton look, on paper at least, to have a stronger squad than Brentford today, which seems to go against all received wisdom,” says Richard Hirst. “What am I missing?”

Nothing. On paper their squad is stronger, but football has a million controllables and in recent years Brentford have controlled them a lot better.

31 min Goals change games, and indeed atmospheres. Brentford are suddenly full of the joys.

GOAL GIVEN! Brentford are level.

VAR check! Hang on, Wissa may have been offside in the build-up.

Janelt collected a loose ball 30 yards out and angled a neat, disguised pass across to Jensen on the right of the area. He took a touch and smashed a low shot that the diving Pickford could only push onto the far post and into the net. My first impression was that, having got to the ball, Pickford might have done better.

GOAL! Brentford 1-1 Everton (Jensen 28)

Oh, Everton.

Mathias Jensen celebrates with teammates after scoring Brentford’s equaliser against Everton.
Mathias Jensen celebrates with teammates after putting the home side level. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

27 min: Doucoure hits the bar! Everton need to get this game wrapped up before half-time because Brentford are there for the taking. Tarkowski drives a long, angled pass towards Doucoure in the area. He backs into Roerslev, controls the ball on the chest and lashes a shot across goal. It beats Flekken but thumps off the bar.

26 min Garner’s long-range shot is well blocked by Norgaard. Garner has taken up some very interesting positions, and yes I know I had him crossing for himself in the 17th minute. So sue me!

26 min “Can’t help but think that both the Brentford team and crowd were expecting a routine win today as they’re both well below par,” says Stephen Carr.

25 min Pinnock’s crossfield pass goes out of play for an Everton throw. Brentford have been very poor by their standards, particularly in possession.

24 min “Brentford was the last place we lived in the UK before emigrating and I would occasionally trot along to Griffin Park,” writes Adam Robrts. “One morning my lovely wife, God bless her, is reading the Brentford and Chiswick Times and says: ‘Isn’t Declan McManus Elvis Costello’s real name?” “Yes” And she shows me a tiny box in the Classifieds – Declan McManus, Waterford Arts Centre, date and a price. So I trot along to the Watermans and we got to see an intimate little set by one of my musical heroes. Demon Records was based in Brentford and Nick Lowe lived in The Butts.”

23 min Everton break dangerously, five on five, but McNeil’s cross is behind both Garner and Doucoure.

22 min Here’s Doucoure’s goal if you’re into all that.

21 min: Great chance for Mykolenko! McNeil’s cross from the left goes straight to Pinnock in the D. He tries to clear it but instead contrives to play a through ball for Mykolenko, who shoots straight at Flekken with his right foot. That was a really good chance.

21 min Everton are playing pretty well, though they might be missing a trick by not going in for the kill. I doubt Brentford will play this badly for the entire game.

19 min Brentford aren’t at the races.

17 min Garner’s angled cross is headed wide by Onana. A tenth of a chance.

Amadou Onana of Everton heads wide.
Amadou Onana wins the header but the Everton player can’t direct it on target. Photograph: Tony McArdle/Everton FC/Getty Images

16 min Beto looks a good player. He can appear ungainly but he has a deft touch and excellent awareness of the players running off him. He also loves a bit of hard graft.

14 min: Chance for McNeil! A long ball forward is headed on superbly by Beto towards McNeil, who surges between Roerslev and Pinnock and drives a low shot just wide of the far post. That was a pretty good effort from a tight angle.

14 min The passing from both sides hasn’t been the best. The last time I checked the passing accuracy was around 70 per cent, which is almost in England v Ireland at Italia 90 territory.

12 min A few groans from the home crowd when Hickey’s pass to Janelt is intercepted. It’s not happening for Brentford, yet.

10 min The home crowd seem a bit stunned by that goal. It hasn’t been the greatest start from Brentford, even if they have had most of the possession.

The corner was punched away by Flekken, but Young picked up the loose ball and gave it back to Garner on the left. His cross was headed down by Tarkowski towards Doucoure, who swished it past Flekken on the bounce. That’s a fine finish.

GOAL! Brentford 0-1 Everton (Doucoure 6)

Abdoulaye Doucoure scores another crucial goal for Everton!

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Everton shoots to score during the Premier League match between Brentford and Everton at Brentford Community Stadium.
Abdoulaye Doucoure fires home to give the visitors an early lead. Photograph: Tony McArdle/Everton FC/Getty Images
Everton’s Abdoulaye Doucoure (right) celebrates with Dwight McNeil and James Garner after opening the scoring at Brentford.
Doucoure (right) celebrates with Dwight McNeil and James Garner. Photograph: Cat Goryn/Action Images/Reuters

5 min McNeil wins Everton’s first corner down the left. From which…

4 min That crackle of electricity from Lewis-Potter aside, it’s been a slow, subdued start to the game.

2 min Mbeumo curls the free-kick well wide.

1 min A brilliant run from Lewis-Potter, who came into the Brentford team at the last minute. He zips infield and is brought down 25 yards from goal by Young, who is booked.

1 min Peep peep! Everton kick off from right to left as we watch.

A late change for Brentford Kevin Schade injured his groin in the warm-up, so Keane Lewis-Potter replaces him.

Brentford (possible 4-3-3) Flekken; Roerslev, Collins, Pinnock, Hickey; Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt; Mbeuemo, Wissa, Lewis-Potter.
Substitutes: Strakosha, Balcombe, Jorgensen, Ajer, Ghoddos, Onyeka, Yarmoluk, Olakigbe, Brierley.

Everton (possible 4-4-1-1) Pickford; Young, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko; Garner, Gueye, Onana, McNeil; Doucoure; Beto.
Substitutes: Joao Virginia, Patterson, Keane, Godfrey, Hunt, Calvert-Lewin, Danjuma, Chermiti, Dobbin.

Referee Michael Oliver.

Sean Dyche speaks to Sky Sports

The last time Everton played a brilliantly run club whose named begins with Br-, they won 5-1, so there’s that.

Everton start the game in 18th place, hoping to escape the mini-league they have formed with the promoted clubs. Brentford have had a solid enough start to the season and sit in 11th place; a win tonight would put them seventh.

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Team news

Brentford bring in Kevin Schade and Mads Roerslev for the injured pair of Ben Mee and Rico Henry. That means a switch to 4-3-3.

There’s one change for Everton: James Garner is in for Arnaut Danjuma.

Brentford (possible 4-3-3) Flekken; Roerslev, Collins, Pinnock, Hickey; Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt; Mbeuemo, Wissa, Schade.
Substitutes: Strakosha, Jorgensen, Ajer, Ghoddos, Onyeka, Yarmoluk, Olakigbe, Brierley, Lewis-Potter.

Everton (possible 4-1-4-1) Pickford; Young, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko; Gueye; Garner, Doucoure, Onana, McNeil; Beto.
Substitutes: Joao Virginia, Patterson, Keane, Godfrey, Hunt, Calvert-Lewin, Danjuma, Chermiti, Dobbin.

Referee Michael Oliver.


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