Brentford were forced to settle for a point against Hull City with it finishing 1-1 at Griffin Park in a fiercely-competitive battle between the two sides.
Both teams came into this one with one win from their opening two games of their league campaign, although Brentford will have been keen to put in a positive showing, after their surprise exit from the Carabao Cup in midweek after a defeat to League Two outfit, Cambridge United.
Hull opened the scoring on the day with Leonardo Da Silva Lopes’ expertly-weighted pass finding Jarrod Bowen who clinically fired home from inside the penalty area.
But that lead didn’t last long, as Ollie Watkins’ well-timed run saw him equalise on 72 minutes with a close-range finish after a cross from Sergi Canos.
It was the Bees who started the game brightly with a swift counter-attack which looked as though it would send Bryan Mbeumo through on goal, before a well-timed challenge from Hull’s Kevin Stewart halted it.
Hull had the best of the chances in the first-half, with Jordy de Wijs seeing his free header drift wide of the goal after an inch-perfect cross from Jarrod Bowen.
The Griffin Park faithful were growing increasingly inpatient with referee, after a number of strong challenges from the Hull players went unpunished. Brentford struggled to get into the game in the early stages, and certainly weren’t at their best.
But in the 36th minute, they sprung into life, with a flurry of chances. Mathias Jensen’s cross found Sergi Canos in the penalty area, but the former Liverpool man couldn’t get enough on his effort to trouble George Long in the Hull goal.
Hull were continuing to be dangerous going forward though, with Eric Lichaj’s through ball over the top of the Brentford defence, almost finding summer signing, Tom Eaves, who couldn’t bring the ball down in time before David Raya claimed it.
It seemed as though it wouldn’t be long before Brentford boss, Thomas Frank called upon Said Benrahma, who was named in the match day squad for the first time this season.
The winger was hugely impressive in his breakthrough season for the Bees last season, scoring ten goals and being on hand to provide 14 assists for his Brentford team-mates. Ollie Watkins then spurned a glorious chance to open the scoring on the day early into the second-half, as he fired wide from close-range, after good work from Bryan Mbeumo.
On 53 minutes the first goal of the game came though, as Leonardo Da Silva Lopes’ inch-perfect pass found Jarrod Bowen, who smashed home from inside the penalty area to give the visitors the lead.
The goal was Bowen’s second of the season so far and he’ll be hoping to add to that tally as the season progresses.
Tom Eaves then had a golden opportunity to double that lead shortly after, but saw his effort from close-range saved by David Raya.
That lead disappeared on 72 minutes as Canos’ cross found Ollie Watkins who couldn’t miss from close-range as he beat Long to the ball. This sparked an onslaught from the Bees, and Watkins almost doubled his tally for the day shortly after, as his well-struck volley was impressively saved by Long between the sticks.
Hull almost regained the lead late on though, as Kamil Grosicki’s free-kick hit the post with David Raya beaten.
Benrahma looked lively in his first game back for the Bees, but was unable to make a notable contribution for Thomas Frank’s side.
But neither side could find a winner, and Hull will be pleased with a point, as they make it three games unbeaten in all competitions.
Brentford will now turn their attention to their next league game against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United, where they’ll be looking to pick up a much-needed three points to kick-start their season.
Hull take on Blackburn Rovers in their next game, and supporters will certainly be pleased with their side’s start to this year’s league campaign.