West Ham 1-2 Brentford: Wissa scores winner for Bees – Daily Mail

It’s happened before. Wolves were promoted to the Premier League and finished seventh, securing European football. Now Thomas Frank’s Brentford occupy that position as we enter the season’s second international break and this fearless bunch are looking up, not down.

Not bad for a ‘bus stop in Hounslow’, as the away supporters delighted in singing at the London Stadium on Sunday. Substitute Yoane Wissa scored with the last kick of the game, lashing his shot beyond Lukasz Fabianski and initiating chaos among the away contingent.

Wissa tried to perform his ‘Zen’ celebration, striking a meditation pose in front of the away end, but given the circumstances it was like trying to find inner peace in a tornado. He was rushed by his team-mates who never expected to be flying so high in their first season in the Premier League.

Yoane Wissa (centre) smashed in the winner late on in Brentford's 2-1 win at West Ham

Yoane Wissa (centre) smashed in the winner late on in Brentford’s 2-1 win at West Ham

The substitute came on to make his mark and break West Ham hearts at the death

The substitute came on to make his mark and break West Ham hearts at the death 

MATCH FACTS 

West Ham (4-3-3): Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma 

Subs not used: Areola (GK), Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Vlasic, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku, Johnson, Kral

Goal: Bowen 80 

Booked: Zouma, Rice 

Manager: David Moyes 

Brentford (3-5-2): Raya; Zanka, Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Baptiste (sub Jensen 29), Norgaard, Onyeka (sub Bidsturp 82, Henry; Toney, Mbuemo (sub Wissa 82)

Subs not used: Alvaro, Goode, Forss, Ghoddos, Roerslev

Goals: Mbuemo 20, Wissa 90+4 

Booked: Zanka, Canos, Norgaard 

Manager: Thomas Frank 

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Asked what it’s like to be everybody’s second team, the likeable Frank laughed. ‘It’s nice. I understand why. We are a good story. Outside of the Premier League, outside of west London, everyone in the whole world doesn’t even know how to pronounce us. They don’t know us. So we need to show it with performances on the pitch.’

Brentford are certainly introducing themselves to anyone who may not have known what they are about previously. ‘I’m always honest,’ continued Frank. ’We all know that we are on the lowest budget. I’m satisfied with my squad but we don’t have as much quality or experience as the others.

‘But I believed that we could do something in the Premier League. What we’ve got is definitely deserved.’ On the late winner by Wissa, who also scored the equaliser in the 3-3 draw against Liverpool as a substitute, he added: ‘If we do that every week, it will be easy!’

West Ham thought they’d done enough to leave the London Stadium with a draw when Jarrod Bowen equalised late on. They’d grown frustrated at Brentford’s sneaky time-wasting tactics. How they delay goal-kicks and free-kicks. How they milk seconds out of throw-ins. David Moyes even grappled with Brentford’s Mathias Jorgensen midway through the second half in a bid to get the ball back.

Frank’s side are a streetwise group and they know how to deal with set-backs, like the one they were dealt during the warm up. Ten minutes before kick off, a tweak was made to the visitors’ line up. Vitaly Janelt was injured and so Frank Onyeka would be starting instead.

You only needed to look at the replies to Brentford’s announcement on social media – ‘oh God no’, ‘f*** sake’ and ’s***’, to name a few – to understand that this was a blow.

Thomas Frank celebrated with his match-winner having brought him onto the pitch

Thomas Frank celebrated with his match-winner having brought him onto the pitch 

Jarrod Bowen scored the equaliser for West Ham but they conceded late on to drop points

Jarrod Bowen scored the equaliser for West Ham but they conceded late on to drop points

The forward fired his shot home from an angle to the relief of those inside London Stadium

The forward fired his shot home from an angle to the relief of those inside London Stadium 

Not that this late switch dampened Brentford’s desire to take the game to West Ham. They could have been three goals to the good inside a breathless opening 10 minutes at the London Stadium.

Bryan Mbeumo, starting up front alongside Ivan Toney, came closest to opening the scoring, curling a left-footed shot from 20 yards on to the crossbar then narrowly heading wide.

Toney was the next to have a go, volleying a nice ball from Ethan Pinnock straight at Fabianski. Following that, Sergi Canos saw his effort blocked as Brentford continued to probe.

After 20 minutes, the visitors got their goal. Toney threaded a lovely through-ball into Canos, who forced a save out of Fabianski. Mbeumo met the rebound and West Ham fans were celebrating after it seemed like their goalkeeper had got back in time to stop it from going in.

Bryan Mbeumo opened the scoring for Brentford in the first half with a smartly-taken rebound

Bryan Mbeumo opened the scoring for Brentford in the first half with a smartly-taken rebound 

The visitors forced an opening and Sergi Canos' effort was parried into Mbeumo's path

The visitors forced an opening and Sergi Canos’ effort was parried into Mbeumo’s path

West Ham's Lukas Fabianski might look back on the goal and think he could have done better

West Ham’s Lukas Fabianski might look back on the goal and think he could have done better 

He hadn’t. Referee Peter Bankes’s watch was buzzing and it was 1-0 to Brentford. Replays showed it was only by a matter of millimetres that the ball had crossed the line.

Brentford deserved this lead but the hosts could have been level when Coufal clipped in a cross for Bowen, who sent his header wide. Moments later Pablo Fornals’ goal-bound shot was blocked by Rico Henry, before Coufal’s low drive was beaten away by Raya.

In the 80th minute, West Ham were back in it. Pinnock cleared Cresswell’s corner but only to Bowen, who found the bottom right corner from 12 yards. 

Moyes must have been relieved but he didn’t show it. While the rest of the London Stadium was celebrating, he didn’t flinch.

West Ham were largely frustrated in front of their home crowd against Thomas Frank's men

West Ham were largely frustrated in front of their home crowd against Thomas Frank’s men

His side had not played particularly well, in truth, perhaps a consequence of their Europa League win over Rapid Vienna on Thursday. Now that they were back in the game, though, West Ham wanted a winner.

They wouldn’t get it. Instead Brentford struck. They won a free-kick in stoppage time, with Angelo Ogbonna fouling Wissa. Mathias Jensen crossed and Pontus Jansson’s header was palmed away by Fabianski but only to Wissa, who was charging in. He whacked the rebound into the back of the net to secure the win.

Pablo Fornals has his shot blocked by Rico Henry with the Hammers knocking on the door

Pablo Fornals has his shot blocked by Rico Henry with the Hammers knocking on the door 

Michail Antonio was unable to continue in his rich vein of goalscoring form

Michail Antonio was unable to continue in his rich vein of goalscoring form 

The Bees celebrated in front of the travelling supporters who had a thrilling finale

The Bees celebrated in front of the travelling supporters who had a thrilling finale 

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