Brentford’s Vitaly Janelt netted an 84th-minute goal to earn a 1-1 Premier League home draw against Everton after Chelsea target Anthony Gordon looked like he might have picked up a win as a possible parting gift for visitors. Midfielder Gordon, who could soon go to Chelsea for around £60m, put Everton ahead after 24 minutes and, despite almost relentless pressure from the hosts, Everton looked like they could hold on for a first win of the season.
Brentford, who pounded Manchester United 4-0 in their last home game, hit the woodwork three times and fans were starting to think it wouldn’t be their side’s day until Janelt saved a point six minutes from time. Everton, with one point from their opening three games, were shaky at the back but took the lead with the kind of goal that seemed to come from both sides.
Conor Coady tossed a long ball over a static defence, Gordon brought it down then calmly passed David Reya. Either side of that Brentford hit the post, first via a shot from Mathias Jensen and then when the completely unmarked Ivan Toney hit a header against a post. The rebound falls nicely for Yoane Wissa who flies horribly over the bar.
Toney’s brawny presence has been a painful reminder to Everton of their lack of a proper striker and until Dominic Calvert-Lewin is fit to return they look destined to continue to struggle for goals and points. Brentford took control in the second half as Christian Norgaard hit the bar and Everton’s Jordan Pickford made clean saves before the hosts eventually scored a point when Keane Lewis-Potter kicked in a corner for his compatriot to substitute Janelt hits the ball close.
‘Crazy Proud’ The draw takes Brentford to five points from four games, but manager Thomas Frank has no idea how they didn’t win.
“It will be a mystery forever. Wow, what a performance. I think in some ways it was better than against Manchester United,” he said. “I think the fans should be mad with pride. It was a good snapshot, but can we produce performances like this consistently? That’s the challenge.
“We’ve been back three times already this season and it reminds us of the mentality, the culture, this thing that we’ve been creating for some time.” At the end of the game Gordon gave his shirt to an Everton fan, who will wonder if he will see him next wearing this or another shade of blue, but manager Frank Lampard said he was determined to keep the young.
“I don’t come away from today thinking he overcharged someone millions, I come away thinking I want him to stay – simple as that,” he said. . “I speak with him every day at the moment because I understand it’s a tough time for him because it’s getting a lot of attention and we just expect young people to handle it and that’s not easy,” added Lampard.
“My advice was just to prepare and play as usual and I was delighted with him today – he played a great game. I see him being an Everton player for a long time and an England player for a long time. .”
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