A clinical display from Brentford put more pressure on Bournemouth boss Gary O’Neil and extended their own impressive recent form in the Premier League.
Talisman Ivan Toney stepped up and passed Neto after being brought down by Marcos Senesi to maintain his 100% record from his nine Premier League penalties.
That took him to 13 for the season in the league, beating his tally from last season.
The chances were few, but Brentford – who are now unbeaten in seven Premier League games and climb above Liverpool in the eighth – sealed victory when Mathias Jensen slotted Joshua Dasilva’s cross into the top corner.
Bournemouth, who are 17th and two points from the relegation zone, have now lost six games in a row since O’Neil was named permanent manager during the World Cup.
They have won just two of their last 13 games in all competitions and one of their last 10 in the league.
The results put pressure on O’Neil, who started the weekend as the third favorite to be the next Premier League manager sacked, behind Everton’s Frank Lampard and Chelsea’s Graham Potter.
Toney delivers for Brentford
It was Toney’s first time playing in 2023 after suffering a knee injury in their win over West Ham which ended in 2022.
His run behind him earned the penalty with Senasi wrapping his arm under Toney’s, which the Brentford striker then effectively trapped, before falling backwards to the ground.
Jarrod Gillett didn’t hesitate to award the kick, and Toney took two steps forward before slotting the ball into the side netting, just above Neto’s reach.
This means he has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games, and Brentford will be hoping any ban that may come from a Football Association charge for an alleged breach of betting rules is not too much. substantial as they could potentially push for a place in Europe.
Overall it was a relatively flat performance from Brentford, until Dasilva exploded and crossed for Jensen to head home, the win meaning the Bees claimed 19 of 30 points available at home this season.
Bournemouth still lack advantage
There is uncertainty over the managerial situation at Bournemouth and it will not make O’Neil feel comfortable, especially as the club are currently enjoying their longest winless streak since 1983.
Since O’Neil’s appointment, American businessman Bill Foley has taken over the club, and fans have yet to see how patient he is.
The investment in the game team was apparently guaranteed when he took over, with Foley insisting the Cherries “will not be relegated” this season.
They are yet to make any signings in the January transfer window and saw relegation rivals Wolves, Southampton and Nottingham Forest all win on Saturday.
It was another effort performance, suggesting the players are still behind O’Neil but lacked spark in the attacking areas, with Siriki Dembele’s motivated effort just one of two shots on target.
Doubts will creep down the south coast. The investment must arrive soon if Foley’s bold claim comes to pass in May.
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