In one of the drab football scores of the weekend, Patrick Vieira earned a point in his first home game in charge of Crystal Palace. He received a standing ovation from the home faithful and it looked to have rubbed on the Palace players. They started the brighter of the two sides with Connor Gallagher hitting the woodwork early on.
Brentford beat Arsenal in their opening game of their maiden season back in the top flight. They slowly but surely began to see much of the ball. Bryan Mbemo struck the woodwork with a freekick in the first half with the newcomers dominating much of the second half. Christian Benteke and Ivan Toney both managed tame efforts that did not trouble wither keeper.
Crystal Palace: Guaita (7), Ward (7), Guehi (7), Andersen (7), Mitchell (7), Kouyate (6), McArthur (7), Gallagher (8), Zaha (7), Schlupp (6), Benteke (6).
Subs used: Ayew (6).
Brentford: Raya (6), Ajer (7), Jansson (7), Pinnock (7), Canos (7), Onyeka (7), Norgaard (7), Janelt (6), Henry (7), Mbeumo (7), Toney (7).
Subs used: Ghoddos (5), Wissa (5), Bidstrup (n/a).
Man of the match: Conor Gallagher.
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira: “I think they were really good today. We played the ball forward, we tried to create chances, to score goals. You have to give credit to Brentford, they defended really well, and at times, they put us under a lot of pressure, but there is a lot to build on the performance today.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank: “I think we did well. Standing here, I’m slightly disappointed that we didn’t get more out of the game. I thought that we slightly edged it. I think it shows there is a belief in the group that can go to a very difficult away ground against a very experienced Premier League side and we needed to defend in spells, but the way we ended in the first half shows everything about this group.”
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