Brentford grabbed a deserved late equalizer at home to Everton to leave Frank Lampard’s side still without a league win.
Lampard had warned Chelsea he wanted a quick resolution on Anthony Gordon’s future. And just five miles from Stamford Bridge, it was the 21-year-old who nearly provided the solution to Everton’s winless start with a moment of brilliance.
The Blues had missed that finishing touch this season so far, but Gordon’s well-scored goal midway through the first half looked set to give them three crucial points against a Brentford side who created chance after chance and hit the woodwork three times but failed to convert. until the final stages.
Substitute Vitaly Janelt came on from close range in the 84th minute from a corner kick to give Thomas Frank’s side nothing less than they deserved.
Vitaly Janelt saved a point for Brentford as Thomas Frank’s side held Everton to a 1-1 draw
The west London club moved up to ninth place in the Premier League table, with Everton stuck in 17th place.
Brentford (4-3-3): Raya 6, Hickey 6, Zanka 5 (Baptiste 68 6), Mee 6, Henry 7, Dasilva 6 (Bech Sorensen 90+2 5), Norgaard 6 (Janelt 68 7), Jensen 6, Mbuemo 5 (Damsgaard 78 5) , Toney 6, Wissa 5 (Lewis-Potter 68 6)
Unused submarines: Ghoddos, Onyeka, Strakosha, Roerslev
Objective: Janet 84
Reserve: Wissa, Hickey
Everton (3-4-3): Pickford 7: Holgate 6 (Keane 68 5), Coady 6, Tarkowski 6, Patterson 6, Onana 7 (Davies 78 5), Iwobi 6, Mykolenko 6 (Vinagre 86 5), McNeil 5 (Rondon 86 5), Gordon 7 , Gray 6
Unused submarines: Allan, Coleman, Warrington, Mills
Objective: Gordon 24
Reserve: Pickford, Gordon
Arbitrator: John Brooks 7
Everton managed just one point during their travels to the capital last season and for the Everton manager it was more the feeling of a point won than two lost.
“The frustration of conceding late hits you, but the realization that it’s a point away from home against a club that beat Man Utd 4-0 here a few weeks ago, I was really delighted,” Lampard said. .
But that was the other Frank who couldn’t believe his team hadn’t gotten the points that would have lifted Brenford into fourth place. “How did we not win?” It will be an unknown mystery forever. It’s a game we should win nine times out of ten,” the Brentford manager said.
Despite talk of Gordon, Lampard included the youngster in his starting XI, admitting he was impressed with how the youngster handled the noise outside, even though he told his manager he wanted leave.
Bryan Mbuemo should have given Brentford the lead from the start but missed the target from inside the box after Rico Henry brought the ball back to the edge of the box on his way – his first strike left Jordan Pickford off guard but narrowly went. wide. And Pickford was just a spectator when Mathias Jensen’s left-footed shot returned from the post.
Brentford must have regretted their missed chances when midway through the first half, Conor Coady’s delicious ball over the top found Gordon in space. He calmly let the ball bounce, before taking a left-footed touch to steady himself and finish superbly past David Raya.
Anthony Gordon fired Everton in the 24th minute after converting Conor Coady’s pass
Despite all the talk of Gordon’s valuation despite only scoring four league goals last season, it was an accomplished finish that just might be what another western team of London can hope to see.
“It’s the next step for Anthony in front of goal. We’ve worked hard and discussed this a lot and he’s shown great composure. I’m delighted for him. The pressure on him is normal. He’s a lad that a lot of people have talked about and I thought he handled it brilliantly,’ Lampard said.
Gordon walked away in celebration, pointing his fingers to his ears as if to say he was blocking out all the noise. It was Gordon’s first away goal for Everton and could well be his last.
“I understand it’s a difficult situation for him because it gets a lot of attention and we just expect the youngsters to handle it. They have their phones, they have everyone around them saying different things.
The 21-year-old Toffees winger has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer
“It’s important to me to be the manager and trainer you would expect and to support my players as Anthony is an Everton player and I see him being an Everton player for a long time.” My advice for him is to cut the noise and prepare, train and play like he did today,” added Lampard.
Despite falling behind, Brentford put the pressure on. Ivan Toney climbed the high between James Tarkowski and Nathan Patterson to meet Henry’s cross and again Pickford was just a spectator as the ball bounced off the post and Yoanne Wissa skied off the rebound as it was harder to miss.
Mbuemo forced a save from Pickford at the back post and Lampard’s side somehow entered the break still up front. After the interval, the woodwork saved Everton again with Christian Norgaard’s overhead kick returning from the bar and into Pickford’s arms.
Gordon came close to doubling the advantage with a volley effort that forced a double save from Raya as the Brentford keeper denied Vitalii Mykolenko on the follow-up.
Frank made a triple change throwing Shandon Baptiste, Keane Lewis-Potter and Janelt and Pickford made another save to fend off Janelt’s header. But the England keeper could do nothing to stop the German after the Lewis-Potter flick found Janelt at the far post to equalise.
Frank was delighted with his team’s performance despite the missed chances. “Wow what a performance, in many ways we performed better than the United game,” said the Brentford manager.
As the full-time whistle sounded, Gordon was serenaded by Everton fans and he approached to put his blue shirt back on and applaud the traveling supporters. Only time will tell which blue shirt he will be seen in next.
Coady provided a superb defensive assist after his move from Wolves to Everton
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