Brentford boss Thomas Frank hailed his side’s determination and mentality after the Bees battled from two goals down to snatch a deserved 2-2 draw at Leicester.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were on course for a comfortable Premier League victory at the King Power Stadium after goals either side of half-time from Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall saw them take the lead. ‘advantage.
However, the Foxes’ problems of last season holding onto a lead resurfaced as Brentford, who used all five substitutes at their disposal in the second half, came back into the game.
They grabbed a lifeline through Ivan Toney’s 62nd-minute strike before substitute Josh Dasilva’s superb goal four minutes from time sealed some of the spoils for Frank’s side.
The Danish boss said: “I just think this group of players, they have so much determination and their mentality is crazy in the way they got back into the game.
“Of course we made some changes and modifications to the system with a lot of attacking players, but it’s something we practiced and wanted to do.
“Then how it paid off was a fantastic feeling, especially with Josh Dasilva’s story.”
How Brentford fought back to stun Leicester…
Leicester put their pre-season uncertainty behind them with a quick start, and, after Youri Tielemans forced David Raya into a smart save with a ranged strike, James Maddison planted a diving header from close range.
Those missed chances didn’t deter the hosts and they took a deserved lead in the 33rd minute when Castagne headed in Maddison’s perfect corner for his first goal for the Foxes since March.
Leicester: Ward (7), Fofana (7), Evans (6), Amartey (6), Justin (6), Ndidi (6), Tielemans (7), Castagne (7), Dewsbury-Hall (8), Maddison (8) ), Vardy (6).
Subtitles: Daka (73).
Brentford: Raya (7), Hickey (6), Jansson (7), Mee (7), Henry (7); Norgaard (7), Jensen (6), Janelt (6); Wissa (6), Mbeumo (7), Toney (7).
Subtitles: Dasilva (7), Lewis-Potter (7), Baptiste (n/a), Dervisoglu (n/a), Sorensen (n/a).
Man of the match: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.
It almost got even better for Rodgers’ side when Tielemans’ weak effort from range beat Raya, but the ball smashed into the post and went to safety.
Brentford rarely threatened in the first half and their situation worsened seconds into the second half as Dewsbury-Hall’s long-range strike passed Raya to extend Leicester’s advantage.
Daniel Amartey was named in from Leicester starting line-up for their Premier League opener.
The Ghanaian defender is not recognized as Brendan Rodgers’ first-choice right-back but has been given the nod as Ricardo Pereira is out for up to six months after rupturing his Achilles.
Rodgers was also without Harvey Barnes, who suffered a knee injury in the recent friendly win over Sevilla, while Jonny Evans captained the side following Kasper Schmeichel’s departure to Nice, with Danny Ward starting in goal.
Boss of Brentford Thomas Frank made his league debuts to defenders Ben Mee and Aaron Hickey, signed last month from Burnley and Bologna respectively.
But, out of thin air, Brentford hit back through Toney, who resisted Daniel Amartey’s challenge to pull out a six-yarder in the 62nd minute.
It set up a stand finish and Brentford might have been forgiven for thinking their chances of equalizing were gone when Toney pulled away from close range but, with time running out, Dasilva stepped up and brought home a stunning EQ to complement the bees. come back.
It was the 23-year-old’s first Premier League goal after missing more than a year with a complex hip injury.
Opta stats: Leicester blow two-goal lead…
- Leicester City failed to win a Premier League home game in which they were more than 2 goals clear for the first time since August 2003 against Southampton.
- Since the start of last season, only Liverpool (21) and Tottenham (17) have picked up more points from dropping Premier League positions than Brentford (16), with today’s result the first time the Bees have recovered from a double. deficit.
- Ivan Toney has been involved in 18 Premier League goals for Brentford (13 goals, 5 assists), seven more than any other player signed up for the Bees in the competition – his 13 top-flight strikes have come inside the penalty. Region.
Leicester vs Brentford FPL Stats
|Goals||Castagne, Dewsbury-Hall; Toney, Dasilva|
|Aids||Maddison, Vardy; Henry, Dervisoglu|
|Bonus points||Dewsbury-Hall (3pts), Toney (2pts), Castagne (1pt)|
Frank ’emotional’ for Dasilva after superb goal
Brentford head coach Thomas Frank talks about Dasilva’s goal to Sky Sports:
“Right now you’re just celebrating and you’re very happy, but after thinking about what I should say to him in the locker room, I got almost emotional because he’s been out for 18 months and that’s a player that I worked with for four years.
“He came out with a big injury to come back and then had a good pre-season.”
Rodgers: Frustrating not seeing game over
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers speaking to Sky Sports:
“Until that first hour we had played very well. Everything about our game was really good: our possession, the quality of our football was excellent and we reduced Brentford to very few opportunities.
“Toney finishes well and the momentum changes a bit. I just think we could have been better with the ball in the second half.
“It’s a bit frustrating but the level of performance was very good at 2-0 and we defended corners very well.
“We’ll look at the positives because there were a lot of them, but it was just frustrating not to have seen it.”
Analysis: Maddison and Fofana are key, but old problems remain for Leicester
Sky Sports’ Oliver Yew:
It has been a difficult pre-season for Leicester.
Kasper Schmeichel has left the club and a number of their big names have been linked with moves away from King Power Stadium. On the other hand, Leicester are the only club in Europe’s top five leagues not to have signed.
However, the problems were brushed aside when Dewsbury-Hall doubled their advantage in the second half.
Leicester were brilliant and two of the players linked with moves in Maddison and Wesley Fofana were at the heart of it all. Fofana’s crucial tackle on Bryan Mbeumo stopped a potential goalscoring opportunity for Brentford before Maddison’s perfect corner set up Castagne’s header for Leicester’s opener.
Maddison has now been directly involved in 13 Premier League goals for Leicester in 2022 (seven goals, six assists). Only one Englishman has played a more role this calendar year (Harry Kane – 21), showing Maddison’s importance to Leicester.
But, worryingly for Leicester, old problems resurfaced as they lost a two-goal lead at home for the first time since August 2003 against Southampton.
Finding a solution to this and keeping their stars before the transfer deadline will be a priority for Rodgers in the coming weeks.
Analysis: Frank uses the new five-sub rule to good effect
Sky Sports’ Declan Olley:
Frank earned his money at the King Power Stadium by setting up a second-half comeback for Brentford through his substitutions and tactical changes.
With his team trailing 2-0, Frank brought on Keane Lewis-Potter and Dasilva in the 59th minute and moved to a 3-4-3.
Three minutes later, Brentford scored through Toney and then substitute Dasilva fired in a late equaliser. Frank’s changes had paid off.
“We started in 4-3-3 then we went to 3-5-2 then I changed to 3-4-3 to have one more attacking player in the middle of the park,” he explained. .
“Yoane Wissa was an outside centre-back and then Keane, we just had more attacking players on the pitch and changed the structure a bit so we could hopefully put more pressure on Leicester, which happened. product.”
Wissa was then taken off in the 84th minute for Halil Dervisoglu and two minutes later the Turkish forward assisted Dasilva for the equaliser.
Dervisoglu was one of five replacements created by Frank as he took full advantage of the new decision, which many believe would favor bigger clubs.
But the Dane refuted that at Leicester as he expertly used his full allowance and ensured Brentford put in an impressive comeback.
Leicester head toward Arsenal Saturday August 13; kick off at 3 p.m. They will then face Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Next time for Brentfordthey host Manchester United on Saturday night footballlive of sky sports (kick-off 5:30 p.m.).
Leicester 2-2 Brentford: Thomas Frank’s side defend two goals to earn a point