Neil Maupay can be Brentford’s hero again – they need his goals

Neil Maupay can be Brentford's hero again - they need his goals
Neil Maupay And he is preparing for his comeback during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth – Fox Images Ltd. / Mark D. Fuller

The applause was louder, much louder, but the half-time applause was the loudest in the afternoon. Wearing the number 7 shirt and shorts that were a far cry from haute couture, old boy Neil Maupay was once again introduced to school. Brentford crowd.

The striker, for whom there has been no sort of appreciation since leaving west London in 2019, looked as relieved as he was happy. Having scored 25 goals in his second and final season at Griffin Park, Maupay was back until the end of the season. And how with Evan TonyAfter his absence, Brentford needed him with each passing week.

Only to score the point, two minutes into the second half, for Bournemouth Max Aarons Permissible Rico Henry to run and pass. With target gap, undefined Brian Mbeumo He unjustifiably screwed up his shot.

Mbeumu will find salvation late and late when Nathan Collins He hit a long ball in overtime ahead. Milo Kerkez tapped the ball in, allowing Mbeumu to rush forward and shoot home Neto Brentford’s equalizing goal after a vibrant match.

With the winds of goodwill at his back, Maupay may solve the Tony conundrum at Brentford. The attacking trio were poised for a man, but their confusion materialized in the second half when Kevin Shady and Mbeumu headed each other instead of the ball. Shide hit the post in the first half, but have yet to hit his Premier League stride after nearly a year. Yuan WissaHe also hit the post after a cross from Rico Henry. The striker’s first great touch left Ilya Zabarny on his backside, but Wysa missed the easy part. offensive variant Ken Lewis Potter Added to the malaise, bundling a Frank OnikaA cross hits the post when it is facing an open goal. and Mbiumu? He always looked like he might score but he misses his partner terribly.

In response, Brentford manager Thomas Frank said: “We’ve scored eight goals in four days.” “We have four strikers but we need an extra striker to cover the injuries, who drop in form and give us options from the bench. We know him, he knows us and while players lose touch sometimes, we know what he’s capable of. He’ll score for us.”

Frank was pleased with his team’s performance (“If you play like this 100 times you draw one and lose one”), but he agreed that Brentford should have won after a bizarre early goal lead. Neto’s flap Matthias JensenCross and missed Shady. Jensen compounded Neto’s woes by volleying the subsequent free kick to the sleeping goalkeeper’s near post. Neto clawed at it but the ball was over the line. Play continued, as referee Bobby Madley’s goal-line technique malfunctioned. The fourth official, Robert Jones, fired the goal correctly.

Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola admitted his side were “struggling” with Brentford’s late attack but a side who had lost their last four games of last season and who started the game having just one point were valuable for a second.

Ryan Christie He shone in midfield as Brentford struggled to find answers to questions they least expected to be asked. Bournemouth tied when Dominic Solanke turned bin mi – He made his first league start of the season – before shooting Mee through the legs and going out Mark so be it in the near post.

Frank conceded just one attack to Bournemouth in the second half but they scored with it when Henry’s awful backpass was intercepted by Marcus Tavernierwhich crossed low for David Brooks To score his first goal in the league since August 2021 and the first since his struggle with cancer.

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