Mitrovic nets winner as Fulham sink Brentford

Fulham earned their first Premier League victory of the season on Saturday, defeating Brentford 3-2 thanks to a late Aleksandar Mitrovic winner after Bobby De Cordova-Reid scored the fastest goal Joao Palhinha produced the first bullet header of the year.

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Mitrovic looked set to rue several missed chances, but rose to guide in a header from Kevin Mbabu’s cross in the 90th minute, after Brentford’s Ivan Toney equalised in the 71st minute to make it 2-2 at Craven Cottage.

“Amazing feeling,” Serbian Mitrovic, who has three goals this season, said. “I thought it was a fun derby.” There were many goals and turnovers, but we eventually won.”

“We made it difficult for ourselves and in turn for others.” In the end, I was able to score a goal. David Raya (Brentford goalkeeper) made things difficult. I had many missed opportunities and many ups and downs, but I never gave up. I kept my cool and kept believing.”

The result keeps Marco Silva’s side unbeaten after three games, having drawn 2-2 with Liverpool in their first match before a goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in their most recent outing.

Mitrovic added, “The manager has changed the club, the way we play, and the way we believe.” “We never, ever give up.” We deserved three points today. We’re excited to get our first three points and remain undefeated after three games.”

Earlier, the first Premier League meeting between the West London rivals got off to a fast start. De Cordova-Reid bundled the ball home after a scramble in the penalty area on 44 seconds, with the visitors paying for losing possession cheaply.

Summer commitment On 20 minutes, Palhinha rose authoritatively to nod in Fulham’s second goal after a delightful cross from fellow midfielder Andreas Pereira, as the hosts looked set to put Thomas Frank’s side to the sword.

Brentford, who had been second best for much of the first half, pulled a goal back before the break through an unmarked Christian Norgaard, whose thumping volley flew past goalkeeper Bernd Leno to give them a lifeline.

Both teams threatened after the restart, with Brentford’s Toney twice denied by the Video Assistant Referee, and Fulham’s Mitrovic also denied. Fulham lose to Brentford

He had several chances before making his final one count.

“It’s disheartening,” Toney said. “That was painful. Fulham lose to Brentford We were way off for the first 30 minutes. Fulham sink Brentford We set ourselves a mountain to climb, which we did, but we gave up the goal in the end.

“We must learn from this. We were all over them in the second half, but we could have played into our hands more than theirs.

We had to keep our cool at times to play around them, especially in the last 20 minutes.”

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