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Brentford go ahead, fall behind, come back to beat West Ham in west London thriller

Brentford and West Ham traded goals and leads, but ultimately it was the Bees who scored last to grab a 3-2 victory in west London on Saturday, and jump back into the top half of the Premier League table as a result.

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That’s three straight victories for Brentford (9th place - 16 points), with eight total goals scored against West Ham, Chelsea and Burnley, as Thomas Frank’s side continues to punch above its weight and extend the upper limits of their potential.

Neal Maupay went agonizingly close to scoring his first goal back in Brentford’s colors a number of times in his first five appearances since rejoining the Bees this summer, but he finally found the back of the net 11 minutes into this one. Frank Onyeka might have been shooting, and he might have been passing, but either way the ball found Maupay’s forehead at the top of the six-yard box, needing just a slight redirect past Alphonse Areola.

Brentford’s lead lasted just eight minutes, until star summer signing Mohammed Kudus uncorked a stunning side-volley to finish Michail Antonio’s cross in the 19th minute. Antonio lofted the ball to Kudus at the back post, just past the penalty spot, and the Ghanaian midfielder quickly leapt into action and sent the ball spinning back across goal. Goal of the Season nominee: confirmed.

Seven minutes later, the Hammers went ahead through Jarrod Bowen. Once again, a cross came into the box and Kudus got on the end of it, only this time it came in too quickly to put a proper strike on the ball, as he struck the front of the post with a redirect off his thigh. The ball bounced back out to Bowen, who corralled it and slotted home from a tight angle for a 2-1 lead.

Bryan Mbeumo served up a wicked cross in the 55th minute, and Nathan Collins looked certain to equalize from six yards out, until Konstantinos Mavropanos stooped lowest and sent a looping header into his own goal to make it 2-2.

Eventually, Collins got his goal, and what an important one it was. Mathias Jensen was the one to serve the cross up in the 69th minute, this time finding Collins’ forehead as he jockeyed for position at the far post. He was marked tightly, but Collins rose up and tucked his header inside the post and wheeled away as Gtech Community Stadium erupted once more.

What’s next?

Brentford will travel to Anfield to take Liverpool in their final game before the international break next Sunday (9 am ET), at the same time West Ham host Nottingham Forest in east London. Before that, the Hammers will also host Olympiacos in Europa League action on Thursday.

Player ratings - Brentford vs West Ham

Brentford vs West Ham, final score: 3-2

Goalscorers: Neal Maupay (11'), Mohammed Kudus (19'), Jarrod Bowen (26'), Konstantinos Mavropanos (55' - OG), Nathan Collin (69')

11th minute - GOAL - Neal Maupay back on the scoresheet for Brentford

Maupay heads Brentford 1-0 in front of West Ham
Neal Maupay ends his 14-month scoring drought with a close-range header to give Brentford a 1-0 lead over West Ham United at the Gtech.

19th minute - GOAL - Mohammed Kudus equalizes with a brilliant side-volley

Kudus scores a screamer for West Ham v Brentford
Mohammed Kudus unleashes a vicious volley to get West Ham United on level terms against Brentford in the first half at the Gtech.

26th minute - GOAL - Jarrod Bowen slots home from a tight angle to make it 2-1

Bowen taps in West Ham's second against Brentford
Mohammed Kudus' effort hits off the post into the path of Jarrod Bowen, who slots home West Ham United's go-ahead goal against Brentford at the Gtech.

55th minute - OWN GOAL - Konstantinos Mavropanos heads Mbeumo’s cross into his own net

Mavropanos' own goal puts Bees level v. West Ham
Konstantinos Mavropanos' clearance goes awry as his header finds the back of his own net to put Brentford level at 2-2 against West Ham United at the Gtech.

69th minute - GOAL - Nathan Collins heads Brentford back in front

Collins' gives Brentford 3-2 lead over West Ham
A beautiful cross is met by a powerful header from Nathan Collins, who gives the Bees a 3-2 lead over the Hammers in the second half at the Gtech.

How to watch Brentford vs West Ham live, stream link, start time

Kick off: 11am ET, Saturday (November 4)

TV Channel: Peacock

Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Brentford lineup

Flekken — Ajer, Collins, Pinnock, Janelt — Norgaard, Onyeka, Jensen — Mbeumo, Maupay, Wissa

West Ham lineup

Areola — Coufal, Mavropanos, Aguerd, Emerson — Ward-Prowse, Soucek, Kudus, Bowen, Benrahma — Antonio

Focus on Brentford

Still no Ivan Toney but Bryan Mbeumo has been sensational; Only Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah, Ollie Watkins, and Heung-min Son have more goal contributions than Mbeumo’s eight.

OUT: Ivan Toney (suspension), Rico Henry (torn ACL - out for season), Kevin Schade (adductor), Aaron Hickey (suspension), Mikkel Damsgaard (knee), Josh Dasilva (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Keane Lewis-Potter (calf), Shandon Baptiste (shoulder)

Focus on West Ham

The Irons are leading the league in interceptions and are third in clearances, but that’s because David Moyes is just giving the opposition the ball in the hopes of an electric counter attack getting the job done. The Irons’ 40.5% possession metric is better than only Forest, Sheffield United, and Luton Town despite a undebatably better batch of players.

OUT: Edson Alvarez (suspension)