T The last time Brentford played in the best flight was the next Queen. Elizabeth had not yet announced her engagement to Philip Mountbatten; Charlie Chaplin was threatened with expulsion from the United States for arguing that capitalism caused wars; and Derby County were about to make Billy Steel the subject of English football's first £ 11,500 Aktar.
Few months later ? Football inflation was already in place for Tommy Lawton at £19,000 when Notts County paid Chelsea. But someone trying to convince people that Brentford will one day win a game with a prize of at least £). m could be said to have put Burton at ease.
Yet Brentford was opposing such a showdown for the second time in two seasons - and they were victorious in the end.
Swansea is no stranger to the pain of near-miss fortresses that lost in the semi-finals last season, but that experience didn't make them smarter. They were so badly injured at Wembley, luckily Matt Grimes was the only one of the players they played in the first quarter of an hour, whose nerves made them reckless.
Ivan Toney moved perfectly. On the contrary, it is canny and calculating from start to finish. It was not only his predatory instinct but also his wisdom in a broader sense that convinced Brentford to sign him last year before he sold Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa. Thomas Frank thought his players were too naive, and Brentford's scouts reported that Toney's skills included the ability to impress his teammates and officers without causing the offense.
It came as no surprise that minutes had passed at Wembley. Tensions escalated to see Toney trick and signal his teammates to remain cool, to continue doing what brought them to the edge of victory.
He had already sampled it while giving it. Brentford is the leader. In the eighth minute, Freddie Woodman escaped the yellow card after being stuck with Bryan Mbeumo, but Toney would never save the goalkeeper from there. He hasn't missed any punishment since his early days at Peterborough in October 2018 while being mocked by his brave hearts on social media for saying that he believes he will eventually play in the Premier League.
Transforming it from the point in his conventional style, he brought this dream closer to realization: slow, in the short term - this speaks of confidence and a touch of mischievous cruelty, as if giving the goalkeeper the opportunity to simply score a goal without having to go through the dishonor of diving without the chance of any argument. g. Of course, no goalkeeper can accept such philanthropy, so Toney did to Woodman what he did to the others, throwing the ball into the net beyond a proud and pointless dive.
The great thing about the tally method for the season is that if 15 penalties are included, all but three of these finishes involve a single touch. This is a striker who predicts brilliantly and acts with rare efficiency, setting his body to finish whatever the serve. No unnecessary touches: he ensures that he is ready to send the ball into the net as soon as it reaches him, bringing to mind Sade's Smooth Operator, who “moves in space with minimum waste and maximum enjoyment.”
This doesn't claim that Toney is just one type of striker. The striker is a strong - if not particularly muscular - team player in a collective. Swansea knows that Toney is a threat on both ends because she has taken away many of them. . . . On this occasion, Toney was the trap for Mads Roerslev feeding Emiliano Marcondes, a first-time finisher that his teammate would admire.
Toney almost did 3-0. 20 yards but bounced off the top bar. And 81 minutes one with an unusually weak effort. But by that time, Swansea had 10 players thrown out of the game after Jay Fulton walked to Mathias Jensen's heel and fell like that, pretending to try to use his opponent like a sled.
Brentford may have been part of the elite for a long time, but bijou new stadium, smart recruiters, a resourceful team and a striker who will score a lot of goals for them in the Premier League if not sold for a huge modern fee.