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Brentford player ratings vs Aston Villa: Toney scores first Premier League goal as Raya shines

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David Raya Powerless to keep out Emi Buendia’s curling equaliser. Made a fine stop to deny Danny Ings from putting the hosts in front just under 20 minutes in. Not much to do in a stop-start second period until making two fine stops to keep out Ollie Watkins in added time. 7

Kristoffer Ajer Former Celtic defender has slotted in very smoothly. Everything he does can be described as no nonsense. Passing efficiency a little below that of Pinnock’s but primary objectives are all carried out well. 6

Pontus Jansson Neat flick on to Ivan Toney to assist the opening goal but the captain will be disappointed with the freedom allowed to Buendia for the leveller. 6

Ethan Pinnock Good in the air and had more touches than any other Brentford player. Not bad for someone who was playing non-League in the not too distant past. 6

Sergi Canos Right wing back provided the cross to Jansson for opening goal and had a decent shot of his own blocked in the second half. Looking more defensively assured with each appearance but seemed quite tired by the end. 6

Vitaly Janelt Had the ball in the net late in the first half after stealing it from Emi Martinez as the Aston Villa goalkeeper attempted a clearance from his hands but the referee awarded an indirect free kick. Also produced a smart pass to set Rico Henry up for his opportunity. Booked entering latter stages for clattering into Ashley Young. 7

Christian Norgaard Booked for bringing down the counterattacking Anwar El Ghazi not long after the interval. Set the tempo from the base of the midfield three once again. Happy to do a lot of the dirty work. 6

Saman Ghoddos In for Frank Onyeka, who was ruled out with illness, and did a fine job early on before fading in second period. Replaced by Yoane Wissa with a little under 25 minutes to go. 6

Rico Henry Spurned an outstanding opportunity to make it 2-1 closing in on half time after receiving the ball from Janelt on the overload. He tried to find the far corner but dragged wide. Got forward regularly in second half and cave Cash and Ezri Konsa a couple of moments of concern. 7

Bryan Mbeumo Failed to capitalise when stealing the ball from Matt Cash early in the second half having been left in two minds over whether to shoot or cross but lively throughout and led the press again. 7

Ivan Toney It always felt a bit forced and perplexing that Thomas Frank was asked if he was worried about the striker’s failure to score in the opening two Premier League games. The head coach said that he was 100% sure the goals would come soon. So it prove early on as he delivered a sumptuous first-time effort. Hold up play was again excellent and the only negative was a second-half booking. 8

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Substitutes

Yoane Wissa (for Ghoddos, 67) Operated in a more central role for final quarter of the action. Frank’s mentions of the summer signing so far indicate he needs a little more time to adapt before being trusted with a starting role. 5

Mathias Jensen (for Mbeumo, 81) Back from injury for his Premier League debut. n/a

Shandon Baptiste (for Janelt, 89) Another top-flight debutant. n/a

Not used Alvaro Fernandez, Dominic Thompson, Marcus Forss, Halil Dervisoglu, Mads Bidstrup, Fin Stevens.

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