Everton suffer two red cards as Rico Henry gives Brentford victory

Nine-man Everton imploded to cast doubt on their Premier League status. Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomón Rondón were sent off to give Brentford three points.

Strikes from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison were not enough for Everton as Brentford capitalized on Branthwaite’s first-half dismissal to win 3-2 thanks to an own goal from Séamus Coleman and heads of Yoane Wissa and Rico Henry, who fell victim to Rondón. late split.

Goodison Road was packed more than two hours before kick-off with fans waiting for the team bus. Chants and blue smoke invaded the street. The fans wanted the players to know the importance of survival and what the club means to them. There was no doubt that when the bus passed through the crowd and the players disembarked to walk through the blue mist.

Calvert-Lewin quickly showed what Everton have been missing for much of this season. Making his first start since April 9, the striker returned a long pass into Richarlison’s path in the third minute. The Brazilian striker controlled the ball but was kicked off the feet by team-mate Anthony Gordon at the edge of the box allowing him to fire on goal which David Raya kicked in the air for Richarlison to attack, but he did not could only head off. .

The home fans were rewarded within 10 minutes when Gordon was stumbled down the right flank. The winger dusted himself off to take the free kick, whipping a low cross to the near post for Richarlison to attack. Richarlison’s connection was weak at best, but it was enough to deflect the ball through Raya in the corner, sinking into the net via a Calvert-Lewin touch. Cue a blowout, another push on the ground, and the smell of smoke mixed with optimism.

That optimism quickly dissipated in a controversial 10-second span. Richarlison claimed he deserved a penalty after his shirt was pulled by Kristoffer Ajer in the box, but referee Michael Oliver saw nothing illegal in the grappling. Mathias Jensen cleared the ball for Ivan Toney to chase. The poor positioning of Everton’s defense gave the striker a head start. Branthwaite raced behind the striker towards his own goal but cut Toney’s run outside the box by dragging him down which resulted in a red card. There was fury in the ground but VAR saw no reason to overturn either decision, forcing Branthwaite away.

Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite brings down Ivan Toney and is sent off. Photo: Jon Super/AP

The tension in the stands spilled onto the pitch in the 31st minute when Richarlison lay down on the ground hoping for treatment. Brentford played for a while until Christian Eriksen took the ball out of play, much to the chagrin of Toney who gave his team-mate some stern advice about it, while being shoved by Adoulaye Doucouré, causing a brief scrum between the two sets. of players.

The mood did not improve when Everton failed to clear a corner, allowing Brentford to rebuild their attack. This culminated in a cross from Wissa from the left deflected into his own net by Coleman’s graze header to silence Goodison once more.

Another Calvert-Lewin flick ensured the half ended as it began: with a chance from Richarlison. He didn’t get a chance to aim on this occasion as Mads Bech Sørensen brought down the Everton player, giving him a chance from the spot. Amid all the anxiety around the floor, Richarlison stayed calm to get in the middle. Cue more flares.

It was Eriksen who provided the perfect cross for the equaliser. The midfielder whipped in a corner at the near post where Wissa found space to cross the goal and past Jordan Pickford. Everton’s problems with crosses were becoming clear, unsurprisingly for a side missing a centre-back for most of the game.

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Before Brentford fans had stopped celebrating the leveler, they were ahead. Jensen’s deep cross from the right was tackled brilliantly by Henry, one of the smaller players on the pitch. He leaped from a sea of ​​blue to power a header into the top corner to complete the turnover.

Rondón completed the final act with a ridiculous lunge at Henry late, having only recently come off the bench to ensure a miserable afternoon for all in blue.

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