Watford fans will no doubt be left feeling particularly morose this morning, after a much-needed win against Brentford was snatched away from them via a late penalty.
The home side took early lead thanks to a well-placed header from an unmarked Emmanuel Dennis, who has now been involved in nine of Watford’s last 12 league goals.
But despite a mostly controlled second half, a late surge from the Bees stung the Hornets badly, eventually resulting in an equaliser in the 84th minute from opposition captain Pontus Jansson.
Then, in the last of the five minutes of added time, a clumsy tackle from William Ekong on substitute Saman Ghoddos gave Brentford the opportunity they needed, with Bryan Mbeumo coolly sending the keeper the wrong way to clinch the win in the game’s last breath.
Assessing the game, Watford manager Claudio Ranieri said “We knew it was a difficult match, we started well, we scored a goal, but we were too nervous,” “It wasn’t the same Watford, when we wanted to keep possession and move quickly.
“It’s important to not make mistakes. We conceded two stupid goals. The last goal is three mistakes.
“That’s football, that’s the Premier League, but now we need to focus on the next match. We lost the first battle, but there are so many more in front of us.”
Either way, the game was a cruel disappointment for Watford who are now left just three points above the relegation zone, while Brentford move up to a comfortable ninth in the table.