MX23RW : Thursday, December 3 10:08:26| >> :120:37783:37783:
Oct 24, 2020 at 3pm UK at Bet365 Stadium
StokeStoke City
3-2
BrentfordBrentford
Fletcher (9'), McClean (35'), Campbell (59')
Fletcher (81'), Oakley-Boothe (88')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Forss (70', 90+1')
Toney (40')

Result: Stoke City weather late Brentford storm to edge five-goal thriller

Result: Stoke City weather late Brentford storm to edge five-goal thriller
© Reuters
Marcus Forss pulled two goals back for the Bees but Stoke held on.

Stoke survived a spirited comeback to stun Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford with a battling 3-2 win at the bet365 Stadium.

Goals from Steven Fletcher, James McClean and Tyrese Campbell did the damage as Michael O'Neill's impressive side held on to triumph on their home patch.

Substitute Marcus Forss pulled a goal back with 20 minutes remaining and bagged a second in stoppage time in a frantic finish to proceedings.

However, Stoke held on for maximum points as O'Neill's resilient charges stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions.

Former Scotland international Fletcher headed the hosts ahead in the ninth minute with his second goal in three league games.

And Republic of Ireland winger McLean doubled the lead with a deflected strike which wrong-footed goalkeeper David Raya 10 minutes before half-time.

It was McClean's first goal for three months having last scored back in July.

Campbell made sure of victory on the hour mark when he drilled past Raya with a sweet strike.

Fletcher gave Stoke the perfect start with the first chance of the game on a rain-soaked afternoon at the bet365 Stadium.

A move started by a bursting run from McClean, led to Campbell crossing from the left flank and Fletcher nodding home, unmarked, at the back post. Brentford's defending was nowhere to be seen.

Midway through the half defender Ethan Pinnock hit the target with a clever snapshot from Saman Ghoddos' dangerous inswinging corner, but Fletcher was there to block the effort in his own six-yard box.

Midfielder Jacob Brown, making only his second league start of the season, then forced Raya into a smart save from his goalbound header from a McClean cross.

Stoke were buoyant and two minutes later it was McClean, also making his second league start of the season, who doubled the Potters' advantage.

The winger latched on to a neat through ball from Campbell and his left-foot rocket shot deflected off defender Charlie Goode and wrong-footed Raya to sneak inside the near post.

Brentford rallied after the break and in the 55th minute Josh Dasilva tried his luck with an ambitious lob from the right edge of the box, but it landed on the roof of the net.

Not long after Sergi Canos cut inside and hit the target, but Stoke keeper Adam Davies made a comfortable save.

But then the sucker punch came for the visitors as Stoke countered and effectively sealed the points when Campbell fired home for his second goal in two games having netted in his side's 2-2 home draw with Barnsley on Wednesday.

The striker, son of former Everton and West Brom marksman Kevin, drilled a fine effort beyond Raya to leave the Bees with a mountain to climb.

Fletcher pulled the trigger inside the Brentford box in the 67th minute, but Goode produced a superb sliding block to prevent Stoke inflicting any further damage.

Forss then converted Ivan Toney's flick-on with a drilled finish to get the Potters panicking.

Dasilva soon shot over and Canos drilled a shot just wide of the left upright, before Forss netted again in stoppage time, rounding Davies and firing into the bottom left corner.

But Stoke held on to make sure of maximum points despite the Bees' best efforts.

ID:419636:cQx
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Boro boss Neil Warnock on September 11, 2020
Read Next:
Saturday's Championship predictions including Cardiff City vs. Middlesbrough
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich158431914528
2Bournemouth157622516927
3Reading158342419527
4Bristol City158341915427
5Brentford157532213926
6Swansea CitySwansea157531710726
7Stoke CityStoke157442218425
8Blackburn RoversBlackburn1573529171224
9Watford146621811724
10Middlesbrough14662169724
11Luton TownLuton156451418-422
12Cardiff CityCardiff155552013720
13Millwall154831312120
14Barnsley155461717019
15Preston North EndPreston156182023-319
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield155371822-418
17Queens Park RangersQPR154561722-517
18Birmingham CityBirmingham153751114-316
19Coventry CityCoventry153571525-1014
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham153481420-613
21Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest15348917-813
22Wycombe WanderersWycombe15249721-1410
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds15366813-59
24Derby CountyDerby15159722-158

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!