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Brentford stunned by League Two Gillingham

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Gillingham have two wins in 16 League Two games this season

Brentford suffered a shock Carabao Cup exit as League Two Gillingham edged a penalty shootout to reach the fourth round for the first time in 26 years.

England World Cup hopeful Ivan Toney had put the Premier League hosts ahead in the third minute.

But the Gills scored with their first attempt of the match after 75 minutes as substitute Mikael Mandron headed in.

That allowed them to record a stunning upset as Mikkel Damsgaard was the first to miss in a high-quality shootout.

Thomas Frank said his side – quarter-finalists last year after reaching the last four in 2020-21 – were in the competition to win it and he set up his team accordingly, welcoming striker Toney back from suspension in a strong line-up in West London.

Brentford, 78 places above the Gills in the football league, swiftly asserted themselves after kick-off had been pushed back by 20 minutes due to Gillingham’s late arrival at the stadium.

A long ball from goalkeeper David Raya freed Damsgaard to tee up Toney for a simple tap-in with the game’s first chance, two days before England’s World Cup squad announcement.

Saman Ghoddos hit the post with a header after Toney had another effort saved as Brentford went close to a second but, despite their dominance, the Bees were unable to put the game beyond Neil Harris’ visitors, who sit 20th in the fourth tier.

They were punished when Alex MacDonald found fellow substitute Mandron with a cross with 15 minutes remaining, with that single chance in open play proving enough to force penalties when Brentford’s Ethan Pinnock was denied in the closing stages.

MacDonald held his nerve with the first sudden-death penalty following a series of well-taken spot-kicks, before Damsgaard’s miss sent Gillingham into Thursday’s fourth-round draw.

Gillingham take their chance to claim upset

Gillingham have struggled on their return to the fourth tier following relegation from League One last season.

Harris’ side have managed two wins from 16 matches so far this term, scoring just six goals, and they slipped to 22nd following Tuesday’s league fixtures.

They had just 19% possession at the Gtech Community Stadium, registering one shot compared to 16 for Brentford – seven of which were on target.

But they successfully prevented their top-flight opposition from putting the game out of reach to set up their shootout triumph, which sent them into the last 16 for just the second time in the club’s history – and first time since 1996.

Despite fielding a strong starting line-up it is now one win in nine matches for Brentford, who face a trip to reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday in their final game before Premier League football pauses for the World Cup.

Toney scores in final World Cup audition

Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney has scored 56 goals in 104 games for Brentford

In his last opportunity to impress England manager Gareth Southgate before he names his final 26-man World Cup squad on Thursday, Toney was able to make the scoresheet and offered a reminder of his spot-kick prowess as he made a final bid for inclusion.

Brentford boss Frank claimed Toney had already done enough to be selected for his first World Cup after the striker scored twice in a 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton in mid-October.

But that remains an out-of-form Brentford’s only win in two months – and Toney has not scored in 270 minutes of Premier League football since that double took his tally to eight goals in 10 games.

Unused by Southgate despite being called up to the England squad for the first time for September’s Nations League fixtures, Toney missed another valuable chance to shine on Saturday as he sat out the draw with Nottingham Forest due to suspension.

Currently assisting the Football Association’s enquiries into allegations of historic match betting, he was able to refocus on Tuesday as he seeks to achieve his “childhood dream” of representing England on football’s biggest stage.

While his early contribution was not enough to see Brentford progress, he will hope he has done enough over the past months to convince Southgate.

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Raya
  • 30RoerslevSubstituted forMbeumoat 81′minutes
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 5Pinnock
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 6NørgaardSubstituted forDasilvaat 45′minutes
  • 15OnyekaSubstituted forYarmolyukat 72′minutes
  • 3HenrySubstituted forJensenat 61′minutes
  • 23Lewis-Potter
  • 17Toney
  • 24Damsgaard

Substitutes

  • 8Jensen
  • 10Dasilva
  • 16Mee
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 32Crama
  • 33Trevitt
  • 34Cox
  • 36Yarmolyuk
  • 37Gilbert

Gillingham

Formation 4-5-1

  • 25Turner
  • 14McKenzie
  • 4Wright
  • 23Baggott
  • 17Law
  • 21Adelakun
  • 16JefferiesBooked at 5minsSubstituted forKashketat 90+3′minutes
  • 6WilliamsSubstituted forAlexanderat 65′minutes
  • 8O’Keefe
  • 22GreenSubstituted forMacDonaldat 74′minutes
  • 19WalkerSubstituted forMandronat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Morris
  • 2Alexander
  • 7MacDonald
  • 9Mandron
  • 24Kashket
  • 27Akehurst
  • 29Gbode

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