Brentford went down 1-0 to champions Manchester City in a lively affair at the Community Stadium. Here’s how we rated the Bees players.
Alavaro Fernandez: 6
Given little chance with Phil Foden’s well-taken winner and was solid between the sticks despite some erratic distribution with the ball at his feet.
Dominic Thompson: 7
The youngster did well against the lively Gabriel Jesus, made some timely interceptions and didn’t look out of place in only his second Premier League appearance.
Ethan Pinnock: 7
A strong display from the big centre-back whose pace and size were a huge asset to a Bees defence which spent large parts of the game on the back foot.
Pontus Jansson: 6
Allowed Foden to ghost in front of him and score after turning off as Kevin de Bruyne delivered a perfect ball into the box. Otherwise solid, putting his body on the line with some important blocks.
Mads Bech Sorensen: 7
Another decent display following his return from injury. Given a stiff test by the excellent Foden and Jesus, but stuck to his task well.
Mads Roerslev: 7
Preferred to Sergi Canos in the right-wing-back role and more than justified the decision as he kept the disappointing Jack Grealish firmly in check in what was an encouraging display from the Danish defender.
Frank Onyeka: 8
Probably his best performance in a Brentford shirt. Worked tirelessly in midfield and enjoyed a running battle with City skipper Fernandinho. Missed a decent chance in the first half to score when he shot straight at Ederson.
Mathias Jensen: 7
Like Onyeka, he played well, winning tackles and getting in the faces of the City midfielders. However, it wasn’t the Denmark international’s best night from set-pieces with his delivery from some encouraging positions off-cue.
Shandon Baptiste: 6
Worked hard and competed well with his pace in the midfield posing some questions early in the game when Brentford enjoyed their best attacking moments.
Yoane Wissa: 5
Another disappointing display from a player who has struggled to match his early-season displays off the bench. Was kept well in check by the City defence.
Ivan Toney: 6
His physicality caused some uncomfortable moments for Ruben Dias and he should have scored in the first half with a header from a yard out that was cleared off the line. Fortunate not to be punished for a stamp on Fernandinho in the first half that was missed by the officials.
Saman Ghoddos: 6
Looked lively in a late cameo with a good tackle and run that almost set Toney clear.
Mads Bistrup: 6
Came on for excellent Onyeka but had little impact on the game as City pressed for a second goal.