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Southampton 0-2 Brentford: Saints suffer Carabao Cup defeat

Southampton 0-2 Brentford: Saints suffer double blow with full strength side stung by Bees and Nathan Redmond injured as Thomas Frank’s side march on in Carabao Cup

  • Ralph Hasenhuttl named almost full strength Southampton side for the game 
  • But Christian Norgaard headed in Bryan Mbeumo’s corner to give Brentford lead
  • Championship side then doubled advantage as Josh Dasilva fired effort home 
  • To make matters worse for Saints they lost Nathan Redmond to an injury  

If Thomas Frank’s casual get-up and depleted bench suggested the Carabao Cup was an afterthought, this performance proved Brentford still harbour dreams of another unlikely trip to Wembley.

Injuries and coronavirus meant Frank – in polo shirt and shorts – named only five substitutes.

But his outnumbered squad still had too much for a full-strength Southampton, with first-half goals from Christian Norgaard and Josh Dasilva condemning Saints to successive defeats. 

Josh Dasilva doubled the advantage for Brentford as they saw off the Premier League side

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl watched a full strength team lose at home 

Nathan Redmond suffered a serious looking injury and was forced to come off 

Christian Norgaard celebrated the opening goal of the game with his Brentford team-mates

Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Tella (Obafemi 84), Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond (Djenepo 71), Ings, Adams (Long 84)

Subs not used: Vestergaard, Smallbone, Vokins, Forster

Booked: McCarthy 

Brentford: Daniels, Dalsgaard, Goode, Sorensen, Thompson (Henry 71), Baptiste, Norgaard, Da Silva (Marcondes 71), Mbeumo, Forss (Dervisoglu 77), Fosu

Subs not used: Pinnock, Zamburek

Goalscorers: Norgaard 40, Da Silva 45+1 

Booked: Dalsgaard, Goode, Thompson 

Referee: John Brooks

‘It’s very clear – what we showed was simply not enough,’ Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted.

‘With this form it will be difficult to win games.’

For Brentford, meanwhile, West Brom await in round three.

‘Of course, we try to win (the competition),’ Frank smiled.

‘It was a performance where we showed we can compete with a Premier League opponent.’

Here, Danny Ings, Che Adams and Jack Stephens all went close for Southampton but Brentford had chances even before Norgaard headed home his first Bees goal.

Their lead should have then doubled when Bryan Mbeumo raced beyond Alex McCarthy, only to be denied by Ryan Bertrand’s challenge.

Soon, though, there was nothing Saints could do to prevent a scything move ending in Dasilva’s finish from 18 yards.

And nothing they could do thereafter to turn the tide.

Norgaard headed in during the first half as Thomas Frank’s side set about their work well 

Danny Ings went close for his side but the former Liverpool man found himself frustrated

Thomas Frank cut a casual figure on the touchline but his team played with plenty of panache

 

 

Southampton are out of the Carabao Cup and Brentford have advanced to the next round


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