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19 August 2017

Waghorn and Garner make it five out of five for high flying Town

Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner grabbed the goals as Town continued the perfect start to the season, with history also made at Portman Road.

Waghorn marked his home debut with his fourth goal in three games to put Blues ahead just after the half-hour and early in the second-half Garner grabbed his third of the season with a header.

Nico Yennaris cleared the ball but referee Oliver Langford awarded the goal after Hawkeye technology determined the ball over the line, the first time a goal has been awarded that way at Portman Road.

The win made it five on the spin for Blues as Mick McCarthy’s side climbed into the lofty heights of the top two.

Town made one change to the side that beat Millwall in midweek, ankle ligament victim Luke Chambers replaced by Myles Kenlock. Jonas Knudsen moved inside to partner Jordan Spence in the heart of the defence.

Brentford started brightly and Kamo Mokotjo fired wide from the edge of the box, then Yennaris failed to test Bart Bialkowski from 20 yards.

Yennaris had a gilt edged chance to open the scoring on 10 minutes but Knudsen reacted quickly to block the Bees’ skipper’s shot from 15 yards, then Spence was in the right place to clear from Neal Maupay.

The Brentford striker had a clear opening soon after but his volley lacked the power to beat Bialkowski as the visitors dictated the opening exchanges.

Bialkowski had to be alert again to keep out Ollie Watkins’ low drive that was destined for the bottom corner but midway through the half Town had a first glimpse at goal and a good one,

Freddie Sears bursting in from the left flank but Yoann Barbet did superbly to deny the striker with a last ditch tackle.

Dominic Iorfa surged into the box down the right but Dan Bentley was quickest to the cross as Blues began to make an impression on the game.

The opener came on 35 minutes, David McGoldrick the architect with a threatening run into the Brentford box, he went down under a challenge and as Town looked for a penalty, Waghorn was in the right place to stroke the ball past Bentley and into the net.

Brentford responded, Yennaris smashed a long ranger against the bar, Spence cleared after a scramble in the Town box, then Florian Jozefzoon headed straight at Bialkowski from eight yards out.

McGoldrick was denied by Bentley just before the break after another weaving run as Town kept the lead intact to half-time despite Brentford being on the front foot for much of the half.

Spence cleared again as the second-half got underway, Yennaris having another effort at goal from long range before Town doubled the advantage on 51 minutes. McGoldrick once again provided the danger. His cross was forced behind and from the corner Garner headed in, with referee Oliver Langford awarding the goal despite a desperate clearance off the line by Yennaris.  
Garner then set up Cole Skuse on the edge of the box and his shot was arrowing for the net until being deflected wide, Kenlock preventing Jozefzoon getting in as the Bees looked to respond.

It took a fantastic tackle from Barbet to deny Garner after the signing from Rangers got on the end of a long range pass from Kenlock.  

Flynn Downes replaced Waghorn for the last 20 minutes, Garner almost finding Sears in the box as Town caught Brentford on the counter.

Tristan Nydam entered the fray for his home debut, Brentford continuing to press for a way into the game but Blues’ defence held firm to maintain the 100 per cent record in another entertaining 90 minutes.

Town: Bialkowski, Iorfa, Spence, Knudsen, Kenlock, Waghorn (Downes 71), Skuse, Ward, Sears (Rowe 89), McGoldrick (Nydam 87), Garner. Subs not used: Gerken, Celina, McDonnell, Woolfenden. Booked: Kenlock.

Brentford: Bentley, Colin, Dean, Barbet, Jozefzoon (Clarke 79), Yennaris, Maupay (Vibe 63, Archibald 75), Watkins, Mokotjo, Sawyers, Dalsgaard. Subs not used: Daniels, Bjelland, Egan, Westbrooke.  Booked: Sawyers, Maupay. Att: 15,348






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