Ivan Toney inspired Brentford for their first away win at the highest level in 74 years with a 2-0 win over the Wolves.
Oney nearly moved from Northampton to Molineux as a junior in 2014, the move collapsed when he suffered a medical fail, so his lead role was inevitable as the Wolves fell to their fourth consecutive Premier League defeat.
The 25-year-old was denied a goal, an assist and two as the clinical Brentford side took their first top-flight win after beating Leeds 2-1 in 1947 and Bryan Mbeumo was also on target.
A second-half red card for Shandon Baptiste threatened to ruin Brentford’s afternoon, but despite the Wolves finishing on top, they haven’t scored in their fourth league game of five games this season.
Brighton’s Leandro Trossard took a 90th minute win last week, ending Thomas Frank’s 15-game unbeaten streak, but without a noticeable loss of momentum in the way Brentford attacked in the first half.
Although no VAR check was needed to see Mbeumo going offside before playing the ball, Toney sent the ball down with just nine minutes into the net.
Instead, the visitors took the lead before the break, punishing the Wolves’ defensive mistakes.
Marcal knocked Toney down as he took a corner kick and the forward held his head throughout the lengthy Wolves protests before sending Jose Sa the wrong way from the penalty spot.
After a chaotic defense from the Wolves, returning home properly on the short range volley, he attacked again a few minutes later. The flag was raised for offside, but after a lengthy VAR check, the goal was ruled out for handball in preparation.
The Wolves rose on the other end, where Adama Traore’s deflected effort returned to the crossbar – as close as they came in the first half they failed to hit the target – but soon found themselves trailing 2-0.
Nelson Semedo made a mess in dealing with David Raya’s long kick, and Toney rushed into goal for a low ball for Mbeumo to touch the far post.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage had chosen the same starting line-up for the fourth game in a row, hoping last week’s 2-0 win at Watford was a change in fate for a side he believed their performances weren’t getting the results they deserved.
But he saw enough at halftime and sent last week’s top scorer Hwang Hee-chan to replace Romain Saiss.
The front change of shape to three had the desired effect as the Wolves began to move into a solid Brentford defense for 45 minutes.
Hwang got his home fans on their feet, chasing a seemingly lost cause, passing the ball between Pontus Jansson’s legs and jumping around the Bees captain, before they saw him cut diagonally.
The Wolves received a helping hand in the 65th minute, with Baptiste receiving an unnecessary second yellow card for knocking out Francisco Trincao, and the balance of the game shifted.
Kristoffer Ajer congratulated Hwang after scoring a goal-saving interception to deny him in front of the goal.
Hwang was almost back in the game at 74 minutes, but Jansson poked the ball before Raya made two spectacular saves to reject Ruben Neves and Hwang again, unaware that the flag was raised for offside.
Frank was shown the yellow card for discussing his throw-in decision as the nerves broke into the final 10 minutes, but Mbeumo was again the closest to scoring when he saw the crossbar return as time went on.
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