Nottingham Forest 1-3 Brentford

Brentford lit the gunpowder and blew a hopeless Forest away - but it could have been 7-0 such was the one-sided dominance.

Goals from Jon Toral, Andre Gray and a penalty from Alex Pritchard took Bees ninth. But sadly there was a damp squib when Jonathan Douglas got a second-half yellow card, his fifth, and misses the away day at Millwall on Saturday.

But on this performance, the midfielder's absence will be hardly missed.

Mark Warburton's troops took the bull by the horns from the off, and when Toral rifled home a scorcher there was only one side in it.

Fair play to referee Mark Haywood for the opener.

 

He may have even awarded a penalty after Moses Odubajo was clattered in the box by Jack Hunt, but he had already laid off to Toral who whacked the ball into the net on the rise from 18 yards.

Pritchard had a shot deflected just wide, but Button needed to be alert to tip over a decent effort from Danny Fox.

A kind of justice brought the second.

Hunt's reckless tackle on Odubajo saw him limp off, and the first touch by sub Eric Lichaj was a kamikaze back pass that Gray accepted with glee. He rounded the keeper and planted the ball into an empty net.

Button again was on the money to save a powerful header from Jamaal Lascelles, but with a little more composure both Douglas and Gray could have made it 0-4 at the break.

Spot on: Alex Pritchard scores Bees third from a penalty
 

Douglas side-footed wide from seven yards and a second shocking pass back this time had Forest keeper Karl Darlow spreading himself to parry Gray's effort over the bar.

Forest went off to a chorus of boos at half time, and the scorn got even louder three minutes into the second period.

Gray was upended in the box by Kelvin Wilson and Pritchard sent the resulting penalty straight down the middle - like a dagger into home hearts.

Gray, here, there - and everywhere was away on his own for the umpteenth time on 63 minutes only for the overworked Darlow to deny him.

Right at the end, the only Forest player to show an ounce of ooomph was rewarded when Michail Antonio let fly from 35 yards and beat Button all hands down.

No matter. Back to back wins over the East Midlands made for a happy trip back to west London for those in red.

Bees, 4-1-4-1: David Button, Moses Odubajo (Stuart Dallas 64), Harlee Dean, Tony Craig, Jake Bidwell; Jonathan Douglas; Jon Toral (Jota 59), Toumani Diagouraga, Alan Judge, Alex Pritchard; Andre Gray (Nick Proschwitz 74); subs not used: Jack Bonham, James Tarkowski, Tommy Smith, Sam Saunders