Jansson, Wissa and Ajer score as Bees fly high against Saints


Brentford moved closer to a historic top ten spot after a one-minute goal against Southampton.

In the first half both Pontus Johnson and Yoann Visas were on target within 61 seconds of each other before Christopher Ejer wrapped a late romp.


Pontus Johnson celebrates leading the beescredit: Reuters
Yoann Visas puts Brentford ahead 2-0


Yoann Visas puts Brentford ahead 2-0credit: Rex

The 12th-ranked Bees are now in total dreamland and only one point away from tenth-placed Brighton.

Any thought of exile for West-Londonists would have evaporated now, as they punched themselves well above their weight in their first love session since 1947.

While the top-flight are looking over their shoulders the old-timers Southampton, who have won just one of their last ten matches in all competitions.

The miserable race has put a big dent in his dreams of a top ten spot, which in January seemed very possible in the reverse fixture as the Bees climbed 4-1 to 11th.

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The opener began with Ivan Toni, who controlled a Christian Eriksson corner with his chest, before passing Johnson who blasted home on 13 minutes.

In a flash after the restart Ericsson was already charging the other end with his twinkle toes to do more magic.

The Denmark star was knocked down, but prompted by the referee to play and Visa was on to pounce on him and rifle into the bottom corner.

The Saints had seen much and associated David Raya’s goal with hopeful opportunities.

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Adam Armstrong called for a slinky cross for Kyle Walker-Peters who was unable to drive his header on goal.

Thomas Frank joked before the match that if James Ward-Prause stood on a free-kick he would take all ten of his outfield players to wallow.

And that’s largely when the Saints set-piece wizard stepped right outside the box.

But he only managed to break it into the beehive wall and a mouth-watering Ericsson walled-pass took the hosts straight to the break.

The former Tottenham midfielder was linked with Tony, which was denied by Fraser Forster before Brian Mbumo retaliated wildly.

The Saints struck again and Brentford was released when Ibrahima Diallo pounced on a lame Ericsson pass and pierced Armstrong.

The striker made no mistake in firing quiet ahead of David Raya – but the flag went up just before the break.

The Saints began to smell something in the second half, with Mohamed Elounusi opening up a rocket for a brilliant defense from Raya.

But even Ward-Prause could not cast any magic and broke another free-kick into the host’s wall.

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Brentford had seen enough and delivered a killer blow on 79 minutes, making a silky dribble inside the box before Azer nutmegized Forster with his first club goal.

This led to spells from the far end of “You don’t know what you’re doing” and “You’re getting sacked in the morning” at Saints boss Ralph Hasenhutl.

Christopher Ajer made it 3-0.  celebrated the making


Christopher Ajer made it 3-0. celebrated the makingcredits: PA

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