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      Brentford also safe despite loss at Goodison Park

      Gueye hits winner as Toffees preserve top flight status

      2024/04/27 19:31

      A strike from Idrissa Gueye was enough to earn Everton a 1-0 win over Brentford, as both sides celebrated preserving their top flight status at Goodison Park on Saturday. 

      An uneventful first half was followed by an improved display from both teams after the break. Ivan Toney saw the Bees' best chance saved by Jordan Pickford and Dwight McNeil hit the bar for the hosts with a long-range thunderbolt before Gueye scored the eventual matchwinner with a fierce finish high into the net. 

      The Action: Although the first 45 minutes was high on endeavour, it was light on goal-mouth action and fluid attacking football. 

      A blocked effort from Mathias Jensen was as close as the visitors came to opening their account, while the Toffees had a couple of their own efforts charged down. 

      There may have been 16 shots, but the fact neither side recorded a shot on target in the opening period spoke volumes. 

      Half-time: Everton 0-0 Brentford

      The game livened up after the interval and Brentford striker Ivan Toney was kicking himself for not putting the Bees a goal up after 50 minutes. A beautifully weighted cross from midfielder Jensen found Toney in the box, but his left-footed strike was smothered by Jordan Pickford. 

      On 54 minutes, Everton showed real attacking intent of their own: Dwight McNeil smacking a lovely 25-yard strike against Brentford's crossbar. 

      Both sides had fired shots across the boughs of the other, but it was Everton who drew first blood on the hour mark when a sustained spell of pressure ended with Idrissa Gueye blasted home from inside the box. A VAR review ensued, but the goal stood. 

      Bees sub Keane Lewis-Potter stung the palms of Pickford, and Kevin Schade drew another late stop from the England goalkeeper, but the home side finished the stronger and held on to record a valuable win that sealed their Premier League status for another season. 

      Despite losing, Thomas Frank's Brentford were also able to celebrate securing their top flight status - the Bees finishing the day 10 points clear of 18th-placed Luton, with three games left to play. 



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      2024-04-27 21h36m by awalkerson7
      As a football fan, I have to say that was a pretty uneventful first half from both Everton and Brentford. But the second half definitely picked up with some great chances and a fantastic goal from Gueye. Congrats on securing your Premier League spot, both teams!
      2024-04-27 21h03m by eyoungs8
      As a football fan, I have to say that the first half of the Everton vs Brentford match was quite underwhelming. However, the second half definitely made up for it with both teams showing much more intensity and creating more chances. Gueye's goal was a well-deserved game-winner, but it's great to see both teams secure their spot in the top flight.
      2024-04-27 20h34m by banderson1976
      As a football fan, I have to say that was a pretty dull first half. But things definitely picked up in the second half! McNeil's strike was unlucky not to go in, but Gueye's finish was pure class. Great win for Everton and Brentford can be proud of preserving their top flight status.
      2024-04-27 20h04m by dnelsons
      Great job by Gueye to secure the win for Everton! Both teams played a solid game, but Everton managed to come out on top with a fantastic goal. McNeil's near miss was unlucky, but Gueye made sure to make his shot count. Exciting to see both teams secure their spot in the top flight!


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