2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Lasse Vibe (20')
  • Florian Jozefzoon (83')

Brentford 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Brentford made it nine points from nine over the Christmas period with a comfortable win over managerless Sheffield Wednesday.
Goals from Lasse Vibe and Florian Jozefzoon earned the hosts a 2-0 win.
Danish striker Vibe gave the Bees the lead after 20 minutes with his sixth goal in five games when he finished off a flowing four-man move down the right.
He raced on to a Nico Yennaris through-ball to fire past Wednesday keeper Joe Wildsmith.
And Jozefzoon made sure of the points with a cool strike seven minutes from time, picking his spot from 12 yards after Neal Maupay won the ball on halfway and unselfishly played him in.
Brentford's victory was just reward for some impressive one-touch football and only Wednesday keeper Joe Wildsmith kept the scoreline down.
The young keeper pulled off a string of last ditch saves to restrict the Bees to just the one goal at the break.
Wednesday threatened after 12 minutes when Atdhe Nuhiu headed Morgan Fox's left-wing cross just wide, but from then on the first half was all Brentford.
Five minutes after taking the lead through Vibe, Romaine Sawyers carved open the Wednesday defence with a superb disguised through-ball, but Jozefzoon's first-time angled drive was well saved by Wildsmith.
The keeper was called into action again less than 10 minutes later, this time diving full stretch to brilliantly save a Ryan Woods effort from 12 yards.
Moments later he then raced off his line to get a decisive touch to Vibe's instinctive first-time shot after the visitors' defence was again left flat-footed by a Sergi Canos pass.
Sam Hutchinson appeared lucky to escape with a yellow card almost on the stroke of half-time following an off-the-ball incident that floored Jozefzoon and incensed the Bees players.
Brentford kept their foot on the gas after the break, Jozefzoon ghosting past four challenges from the right to tee up Vibe, whose shot was deflected inches over.
Yoann Barbet went close from the ensuing corner, but his volley from the tightest of angles back across goal drifted just wide.
Canos almost extended the lead on the hour mark, but his speculative volley from the edge of the area fizzed just over.
Wednesday rallied late on and Adam Reach saw a rare effort blocked by Barbet before Lucas Joao should have done better when he glanced Jacob Butterfield's left-wing cross agonisingly over.
But Jozefzoon's late strike gave Brentford the scoreline their dominance deserved.

English League Championship Standings

1 Norwich City 33 +23 63
2 Sheffield United 33 +24 61
3 Leeds United 32 +17 61
4 West Bromwich Albion 33 +25 60
5 Middlesbrough 32 +12 54
6 Bristol City 31 +10 53
7 Derby County 32 +6 51
8 Nottingham Forest 33 +8 47
9 Birmingham City 32 +9 46
10 Aston Villa 33 +4 44
11 Preston North End 33 +3 44
12 Hull City 32 +3 44
13 Swansea City 32 +3 44
14 Blackburn Rovers 33 -7 43
15 Sheffield Wednesday 32 -11 41
16 Brentford 31 +7 40
17 Stoke City 33 -7 40
18 Queens Park Rangers 32 -9 39
19 Millwall 32 -10 34
20 Wigan Athletic 32 -14 34
21 Reading 33 -15 29
22 Rotherham United 33 -20 29
23 Bolton Wanderers 33 -30 26
24 Ipswich Town 33 -31 20