Brentford’s superb Premier League season continued with a comfortable victory over an abject West Ham United.
The Bees, without 20-goal leading scorer Ivan Toney due to a hamstring injury, took the lead when Bryan Mbeumo swept past Lukasz Fabianski.
They collected the ball high in West Ham’s half and worked an overload down the right wing for the Cameroon international to score his seventh goal of the season.
Thomas Frank’s side dominated throughout and deservedly doubled their lead just before half-time when Ben Mee fired a long throw for Yoane Wissa to drive home.
West Ham have made seven changes to their 1-0 win over Manchester United last weekend with eyes on Thursday’s Europa Conference League semi-final second leg against AZ Alkmaar.
If they were successful, it would be their first European final since 1976, offering the chance to lift their first major trophy since 1980.
Although David Moyes’ side are not yet mathematically safe from relegation, they are far enough above the bottom three for the manager to be ready to prioritise.
He introduced Declan Rice and Said Benrahma just before the hour mark and it made for an improvement with Danny Ings having a goal ruled out for handball in the build-up.
They remain 15th, six points clear of safety, as Brentford climb above Fulham in ninth.
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