Fulham 0 – 3 Brentford. Yoane Wissa’s opener and Bryan Mbeumo’s double gave Brentford a comfortable win over west London rivals Fulham, who were reduced to 10 men at Craven Cottage.
A defensive error from Fulham centre-back Issa Diop set up Wissa, who rounded goalkeeper Bernd Leno before slotting the Bees into the lead on the stroke of half-time.
In the 64th minute, Wissa went through on goal only to be pushed over by Tim Ream in the box as he attempted to shoot.
The Fulham captain was given a second yellow card, with Mbeumo calmly netting the penalty in off the post.
And the Brentford winger added a third in the 92nd minute, tapping in Kristoffer Ajer’s low cross.
Brentford’s win was their fifth in eight games against Fulham and extended their unbeaten run in London derbies to 11, equalling a club record.
Wissa and Mbeumo have made excellent starts to the season, having both also scored against Tottenham last Saturday.
Wissa, who has now scored in four of his past five Premier League fixtures, almost put Brentford ahead in the 38th minute, flicking Mbeumo’s cross goalwards only to see his effort cleared by defender Antonee Robinson.
But the 26-year-old opened the scoring in the 44th minute, latching on to Diop’s loose touch and calmly dribbling beyond Leno before passing the ball into the bottom corner.
Brentford had the game wrapped up through Mbeumo’s penalty just after the hour mark, and referee Darren Bond’s decision to send off Ream – who had received his first yellow card for a late challenge in first-half injury-time – allowed the Bees to canter through the final 30 minutes.
They added a deserved third in the closing stages with Cameroon winger Mbeumo unmarked in the area to tap home his third goal of the season.
The visitors are without last season’s top scorer Ivan Toney, but manager Thomas Frank will be relieved by the sparkling early form of Wissa and Mbeumo.
Judging by Saturday’s performance, goals may not be such a worry for the Bees this season.
source – BBC