Mohamed Salah at 115. Then Harry Kane at 113. Then Ivan Toney at 101.
The Brentford striker has been in good company among the top scorers in English football since August 2018. Toney added three more to his collection here, each impressive in their own way, as Leeds were torn apart by the alluring 26-year-old Gareth Southgate.
His first was a penalty which has maintained his perfect record of scoring all 18 penalty shootouts he has taken for Brentford. His second was a 25-yard free-kick, although Toney had never bagged from outside the box before. His third, well, that was just a work of art.
Ivan Toney grabbed his second Premier League hat-trick to help Brentford beat Leeds
The striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 30 minutes to put Brentford ahead
Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier had rushed out of his box to try to remove the threat. He didn’t, and Brentford’s striker stayed on the ball and three defenders blocked his path to goal. Toney responded by chipping them all from 25 yards and completing his hat trick.
Having talked about the sublime it is now time to talk about the sloppy and sloppy and that is Jesse March and Leeds. The head coach’s technical behavior was almost as bad as the defense on the field.
Marsch was given a red card for his conduct, capping a day to forget for Leeds.
Bringing back memories of Manchester United’s 4-0 massacre, Brentford almost scored when Leeds tried and failed to play from behind. Robin Koch’s pass was intercepted by Mathias Jensen, who immediately circled a shot into the far corner. Meslier was a statue watching her miss.
Toney scored his second 13 minutes later with a powerful free-kick to double the Bees’ lead
MATCH FACTS & REVIEWS
Brentford (4-3-3): Raya 6; Hickey 6.5, Jansson 7, Mee 7, Henry 6.5; Baptiste 6:5 (Onyeka 59, 6), Janelt 6:5 (Zanka 67, 6), Jensen 7 (Damsgaard 83); Mbeumo 8 (Wissa 83), Toney 9, Lewis Potter 8 (Dasilva 59, 6)
Subs (not used): Ghoddos, Ajer, Strakoscha, Roerslev
Goalscorers: Toney (30th, 43rd, 58th), Mbeumo (80th), Wissa (90th)
Booked: Damsgard, Hickey
Manager: Thomas Frank 8
Leeds (4-2-3-1): Meslier 3; Drameh 5 (Ayling 70, 6), Koch 3, Llorente 3, Struijk 5; Adams 5, Roca 5.5 (Greenwood 86); Sinisterra 5 (Summerville 59, 6), Aaronson 5, Harrison 5 (Bamford 45, 6); Gelhardt 5 (Klich 59, 6)
Subs (not used): Klaesson, Forshaw, Cooper, Hjelde
Goalscorers: Sinisterra (45+1), Roca (79)
Booked: Sinisterra, Klich
Manager: jess march 3
Referee: Robert Jones6
That sparked a series of scoring chances for Brentford, most of which fell to Keane Lewis-Potter. Brentford’s £16million summer signing from Hull was a live wire here and in one moment he saw him haul the ball out of the sky, turning Koch and then Cody Drameh and testing Meslier.
He had a clearer chance to score when a quick break ended as Bryan Mbeumo served up his new 21-year-old teammate. Lewis-Potter’s shot appeared to have beaten Meslier but not Koch, whose block was a denial.
Although they were annoyed for not taking those chances, Brentford scored the opening goal after half an hour with the help of VAR David Coote.
Jensen’s long throw-in started a scramble in the Leeds box. Brentford called for a penalty, claiming the ball hit Pascal Struijk in the arm. Coote disagreed, but after that potential handball there was a challenge from Luis Sinisterra against Toney.
Coote decided he didn’t get the ball but got the man and sent Robert Jones to his pitchside monitor. After a long look at the replays, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Toney appeared, scored once and scored 50 goals in 96 games for Brentford.
Soon it would be 51. When Koch fouled Shandon Baptiste, Brentford had a free kick from 25 yards. Toney was a surprise player as he had never scored from outside the box. Until now, when Meslier stood still and the ball flew past him.
Happy days, thought Brentford, a 2-0 lead. However, much to Thomas Frank’s frustration, Leeds were allowed back into the game before half-time.
With three minutes of stoppage time announced, there was a throw-in, a kick-off and Sinisterra had the ball. He snaked over Rico Henry and put it in the bottom left corner to make it 2-1.
Leeds summer signing Luis Sinisterra clawed back with a low strike just before half-time
Toney rounded Illan Meslier before praising the ball to seal his pre-hour hat-trick
Brentford had to wait until the 58th minute to regain their two-goal lead. Meslier had burst out of his box to give a clearance, but in doing so he gifted possession to the one Brentford player they didn’t want – Toney.
Cool as you will, Toney carried the ball forward and when three Leeds defenders blocked the goal he lifted it over them to make it 3-1.
After an hour, Leeds wanted a penalty. Crysencio Summerville had pitted, only for Aaron Hickey to yank him to the ground.
Marc Roca’s close-range finish put Leeds within reach after 79 minutes
But Bryan Mbeumo scored just a minute later to put the home side back two goals ahead – although his goal was initially chalked up before being given by VAR
Referee Jones and VAR Coote were unmoved, Marsch outraged. Fed up with his strops, fourth official Keith Stroud called Jones, who reached for his red card.
“Marsch spent more time on the pitch than in his technical area this afternoon,” Brentford’s official report tweeted. “He’s now spending the rest of the afternoon in the stands.”
Patrick Bamford is probably hoping his manager wasn’t looking on as he somehow failed to get the ball right in front of an open goal and two yards away. It was an embarrassing miss from the Leeds striker but the score was still 3-2 after 80 minutes as Marc Roca defeated David Raya.
Brentford substitute Yoane Wissa scored one in added time to secure the west London win
Seconds into the restart, however, the score was 4-2 when Mbeumo broke through from behind Leeds’ defensive line to score. The assistant flagged it offside but VAR Coote had to decide whether a header came from Koch or Toney in the build-up. He said it came from the Leeds defender, not the Brentford striker, and that’s how it was on the side.
In eight minutes of added time, Brentford made a five-star performance. Yoane Wissa stole the ball from Diego Llorente in front of the Leeds box – another insane moment of this Leeds defense – and beat Meslier. Not a bad way to celebrate your 26th birthday.
Toney grabbed match point full-time. It was his and the points were Brentford’s.
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch was sent off in the second half after furiously protesting to officials
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