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‘VAR should intervene’ – Nuno left unimpressed with Ivan Toney moving free kick

Nottingham Forest’s Nuno Espirito Santo was left unimpressed with Ivan Toney moving the free kick before scoring in Brentford’s win.

He could be seen moving the ball and the referee’s foam which marked the correct spot for the free kick, and then score with ease for Brentford’s first-half equaliser in the 3-2 Premier League victory on the striker’s return to action after his eight-month ban for gambling.

Toney, who was given a fine of £50,000 and warned about his future conduct for 232 breaches of the FA’s betting rules, was named player of the match on his first competitive outing for 260 days.

It was on the 3rd minute that Forest went ahead. A loose clearance fell for Danilo who controlled before firing an unstoppable volley into the net, before Ivan Toney levelled around 15 minutes later.

Brentford were in front with around 30 minutes left of the second half, Jensen whipping in the ball of a near post corner and Ben Mee headered it home from six yards.

Shortly after that, Callum’s delightful in-swinging cross from the left was glanced home by Wood.

But a cross is fired in from the right on 68 minutes was controlled by Neal Maupay, on the volley, and turned before lashing home into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

Player ratings (as per Sky Sports)

Brentford: Flekken (6), Pinnock (6), Roerslev (7), Collins (6), Mee (7), Jensen (7), Janelt (6), Damsgaard (6), Lewis-Potter (6), Maupay (7), Toney (8).

Subs: Dasilva (n/a), Reguilon (6), Zanka, Ajer (n/a), Baptiste (6), Yarmoliuk (n/a).

Nottingham Forest: Turner (6), Tavares (6), Murillo (5), Omobamidele (5), Montiel (6), Danilo (7), Yates (6), Mangala (7), Dominguez (6), Hudson-Odoi (7), Wood (7).

Subs: Williams (6), Aguilera (6).

Player of the match: Ivan Toney.

Nottingham Forest manager Nuno Espirito Santo on whether it was Matt Turner’s responsibility to tell his wall to move: “Could be, could be. But the situation is clear, there is a ball displacement. I think everybody saw it. There are referees on the pitch who could tell to the referee what’s going on but it’s our responsibility to be a little bit more mature, not to allow the kick to go and then do the wall properly but it’s over now so let’s not waste too much time. Now we have to look at what’s in front of us.

“We wanted to go for the game and this is what pleases me more. This attitude of wanting to win, this is the way we want to build things and the culture and identity of the club has to be this way.”

Brentford boss Thomas Frank speaking to Sky Sports: “First and foremost, three big points, no hiding around that. It was a massive win for us. I think it was a well deserved win in many ways, we played a fine game without being through the roof. But in the end it was well deserved.

“What I would say is yes, Ivan is important, he was again today, but there are 10 other players on the pitch and no-one can do it alone. One player in particular I would like to praise is Neal Maupay. Since he came back to the club this is his fifth goal and three assists, something like that, and today was obviously a crucial goal. A top striker goal. Top win, very pleased.”

On what could have been better: “I think first half we struggled to get on top of the game, it was a little bit back and forth. I don’t think we managed to bank them in enough or create enough from open play.

“At half-time we talked a bit about taking less touches, playing forward a bit more. In the second half we were much better in the half-transitions.”

On the response to going behind early: “I think it says a lot about the team. To have Ivan back is huge but for someone to then come and try to ruin the party, the players had to show character and resilience to get back in the game, which they did.”

Brentford boss Thomas Frank speaking to Sky Sports about the return of forward Ivan Toney: “I think he was impressively good, I must say. He has been out for eight months, he has been fit and training but he has not played a Premier League game for a very long time, so sometimes you need to grow into it.

“He is the man for the big occasion, he doesn’t feel the pressure. Of course he is still a human being so today there was a little extra nerves and butterflies in the stomach but when the game kicks off you switch on and he just plays the football he loves.

“He was ever-present. The link up play, the hold-up play, the way he set up his team-mates. He was involved in the winning goal, and involved in big chances. OK player, yeah?”

On his words to Toney pre-match: “I just said, ‘Good to have you back, enjoy it.'”

Brentford forward Neal Maupay: “Massive for us. We’ve lost five games in a row so we wanted to win and do well today. I think the mentality of the team was spot on because we conceded an early goal but we never doubted ourselves, we kept going, we kept working hard and we got what we deserved today.”

On Ivan Toney’s return: “It gave the team a massive boost, Ivan is a great player so it makes us a better team and we have more chance to score and win with him on the pitch so it was good to have him back. He scored a goal, we got the three points as well so it was a great day for everyone at the club.”

On his goal: “It was a nice cross and I took a nice touch with my right foot and then on my left it was a nice half-volley. It’s a good finish, happy to be on the scoresheet but the most important thing today was the three points because we have been struggling in the last few weeks. Obviously to get a goal is the icing on the cake.”

On 10 minutes added time: “It’s always tricky because we have conceded a few last-minute goals in games but everyone was fighting and we knew it had to come from us today. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves so we had to go and get it and that’s what we did today.”

Twitter users gave their thoughts as Nuno was left unimpressed with Ivan Toney moving the free kick goal…

@ISimpson73: One of the officials had to spot it, the fact none didn’t or if they did they chose to ignore it is the biggest problem. It’s yet another bad day for the @FA_PGMOL in season of more bad days than good.

@LongJeff_: Everyone does that please! Only a couple millimeters did not help him in any way more than the atrocious attempt to block the freekick by that wall

@pjheadless: Class and very cleaver. Forest players should have been paying attention. Simple.

@mewesli74: Because no footballer has ever stolen a couple of yards on a free kick or taken a few extra steps up the touchline on a throw in, right..? 🙄 Besides, he moved the ball sideways not forward. Tough on Notts for not adjusting the wall.

@J_BrentfordFC: Been back one game and he’s rattling premier league fans. Love to see it

@WiggumCharm: I simply do not care that he has moved the ball slightly. That’s not the issue. The issue is that we are just about the only team soft enough to let him pass it into the net from here. Put them all down a mine for a week to toughen them up…

@MapperleyRed17: TBF it’s a bit of on field skull duggery that’s all……but now this hasn’t been dealt with by VAR surely from now on, any player can do this and use this as precedent?????

@Stubob7: Moving the ball happens and is shithousery, but moving the refs mark is blatant cheating, first game back after his ban makes him look proper a 🔔 end!

@wheeliefast: He’s a cheat but this is no different to a going down like a sack of spuds in the penalty area after a fresh air tackle or tripping over a blade of grass, or rolling around like a spoilt brat in sweet shop because they can’t have their own way, some footballers are embarrassing





@lisa_jane23: It’s the fact he altered the chalk mark! 🤦🏼‍♀️ It’s not just moving the ball, it’s altering the marked spot where it should have been taken! Gained an obvious advantage for taking it past the wall however, Forest should have dealt with it better 🤷🏼‍♀️

@LFCJimm7: You’d be surprised at the amount of players that actually do this. Not cheating its clever

@willbarber95: If you think that’s cheating you’re either a fuckin nerd or you’ve never played football before

@MaxWBFC: Players do this all over the pitch, the amount of times keepers have moved the ball 5+ yards forwards from an offside

@jsaywardjones: Only thing wrong with this is the Forest players who watch him do it and don’t get the wall to shuffle across

@JamesL070: Brentford cheated the game. Seriously Ivan toney remarks the line and moved the ball 😤that goal is disallowed .. Only referee marked the line where the ball should be and players are not allowed to do that. I hope FA do something about this

@mattswanwick: He’s moved the ball twice and painted a new line 🤣🤣

@Ry4nH07: Surely VAR have to look back at that

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