Sunday Mirror

Bees are back in buzz-ness

- By IAN BAKER at Ke­nil­worth Road Sports · Luton · Henry VIII of England · Ivan Toney

THOMAS FRANK hailed Brentford’s “com­plete per­for­mance” as his side fi­nally matched their stan­dards of last term.

It has been a dis­ap­point­ing start for the Bees af­ter they made – and lost – last sea­son’s play-off fi­nal.

But this dis­play sug­gested that they were back in business as they took sorry Lu­ton apart.

They were two up be­fore the half hour thanks to a fine ef­fort by Rico Henry and Ivan Toney’s ninth of the sea­son be­fore sub Mar­cus Forss rounded it off.

And Bees boss Frank said: “This is the first time we have had a com­plete per­for­mance this sea­son. Even be­fore we went 1-0 up, I sensed we were on top.

“We needed to play with per­son­al­ity which we did.

“We played with so much

per­son­al­ity – and 1 ......... Shots on Tar­get .........5 1 .........Shots off Tar­get .........5 5 ................Cor­ners .................4 10................. Fouls.................. 12 1 ................ Off­sides ................ 0 78.8..Pass­ing Suc­cess % ..... 79 391 ....... To­tal Passes ........ 428 48.2 .... Pos­ses­sion% .......51.8 51.9...Ter­ri­to­rial Adv % ... 48.1 en­ergy. We’re fit and strong. I’m very pleased with the per­for­mance but that puts pres­sure on our­selves. This needs to be our stan­dard.”

Left-back Henry put Brentford ahead as he drilled

LU­TON: Sluga 6; Lock­yer 6, Pear­son 6 (LuaLua 37, 6), Bradley 6; Cranie 6, Rea 7, Dewsbury-Hall 7, Nor­ring­ton-Davies 6 (Berry 46, 6); Clark 6 (Collins 74, 6), Hyl­ton 6, Mpanzu 7.

Un­used Subs: Shea, Tun­ni­cliffe, Lee, Mor­rell.

BRENTFORD: Raya 6; Dals­gaard 7, Pin­nock 6, Sorensen 6, Henry 8; Janelt 7, Dasilva 7, Mar­con­des 6 (Jensen 74, 7); Mbeumo 7 (Fosu 82), Toney 7 (Forss 75, 7), Canos 7. Un­used Subs: Thomp­son, Goode, Ghod­dos, Daniels.

Rico Henry. Got the ball rolling with fine opener and made con­stant runs up from the back.

Michael Sal­is­bury 7. home from the edge of the area af­ter 20 min­utes.

Nine min­utes later and Toney scored a sim­ple goal from a pass by Bryan Mbuemo.

Brentford hit a third 14 min­utes from time as Forss scored with his first touch.

Lu­ton boss NathanJone­s said: “You know we needed to be at our max­i­mum against a side like this.

“The game plan went af­ter the first goal. They hurt us, we tried ev­ery­thing with changes but they were bet­ter than us.”

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