BRYAN MBEUMO scored a dramatic last-minute penalty to give Brentford two home wins.
Emmanuel Dennis’ header looks to have given Watford all three points in west London as they continue to be unpredictable beasts under Claudio Ranieri.
And the Italian coach was close to digging his own pockets after promising his relegation to fight the boys a slap meal if they close Premier League opponents keep a clean sheet.
But Pontus Jansson’s 84th-minute equalizer put an end to those dreams before Mbeumo successfully hit the spot-kick with seconds left to break the Hornets’ heart.
Beekeeper Thomas Frank fell to his knees with amusement. Ranieri kicked her chair and uttered indignant Italian swear words.
Ranieri was betting on that clean sheet shortly after taking over on October 4.
Nine games later – having conceded the worst 21 goals in the league – the wait continues, and the Watford squad will once again be empty-handed after a climactic clash.
Not the performance that day – certainly, discipline and guts – was the card for the Hornets, having won just two of their previous eight games under Ranieri.
However, their tremors at the back continue, something that could prove expensive at the end of the season in an attempt to beat their slump.
Brentford meanwhile have won just once in their last eight games before tonight – but these three points would feel sweet to have beat Everton here last time out at home.
Ong Thomas Frank lost points to Norwich, Burnley, Newcastle and Leeds, four of the bottom six teams currently in the table.
They simply cannot do the same against a side that could fight with them for flight safety first in May.
And with Manchester United Next, this could be the moment for Brentford’s form to suddenly change despite a string of injuries and coronavirus problems.
Defender Ethan Pinnock is the latest, having gone missing after testing positive for Covid-19 before kick-off – joining Ivan Toney – leaving Frank with only two fit centre-backs at the club.
Fans were treated to a light show on Friday night at Brentford’s new home – but the kick-off matchup was anything but a show. Troubled and full of errors on both sides.
Mbeumo was the only one to spark it – without a reliable attacking partner Toney – as he forced Daniel Bachmann to make a stunning save with a smack in the back of his own goal.
But suddenly, the guests pounced. Joshua King’s long shot hit the post, and from the corner, Dennis went as high as six metres.
The Nigerian has now scored five goals in his last seven matches. No wonder Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be interested before the Hornet lands him this summer.
Brentford began to show tension in the back when Charlie Goode clumsily edged past Dennis in the box – but the feeble free-kicks were banished.
The home side emerged from the break with more of an offensive intention against one of the worst defenses in the league as Watford sank deeper and deeper.
In a rare Watford attack, Pontus Jansson was lucky not to be sent off for a strong collision with Moussa Sissoko after the Frenchman went down.
And amid several chances for Brentford, the outcome could have been assured on the other end but for King unleashed his passes late into the game with a conceded goal.
Watford paid the price when a foul in the penalty area when Marcus Forss’ slot was headed by Jansson – own goals were shown by Kiko Femenia past Kiko Femenia’s knee.
And things took a turn for the worse when William Troost-Ekong made a stupid mistake to knock Saman Ghoddos out of the box in stoppage time as Mbeumo cooled down a Bachmann-style mistake.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17004928/brentford-2-watford-1-mbeumo/ Bryan Mbeumo’s final penalty completed the dramatic comeback to help Ong earn all three points