Ivan Toney provided a goal and an assist for Brentford as they defeated Wolves 2-0 at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.
A second-half red card for Shandon Baptiste threatened to spoil Brentford’s afternoon, but, even though Wolves finished on top, they failed to score for a fourth league match out of five this season.
Toney had the ball in the net with only nine minutes gone, although there was no need for a VAR check to see that Bryan Mbeumo had strayed offside before playing the ball in.
Instead, Brentford punished defensive mistakes from Wolves to take a commanding lead before the break.
Marcal hauled Toney to the ground as a corner was floated in and the striker kept his head throughout lengthy Wolves protests before sending Jose Sa the wrong way from the penalty spot.
He appeared to strike again moments later after some chaotic defending from Wolves, neatly backheeling home on the volley from point-blank range. The flag went up for offside, but after a lengthy VAR check the goal was instead ruled out for a handball in the build-up.
Wolves went up the other end where Adama Traore’s deflected effort cannoned back off the crossbar – as close as they came in a first half in which they failed to register a shot on target – but soon found themselves 2-0 down.
Nelson Semedo made a mess of dealing with David Raya’s long kick and Toney raced away to play a low ball across goal for Mbeumo to tap home at the far post.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage had seen enough by half-time and sent on Hwang Hee-chan to replace Romain Saiss.
The change in shape to three up front had the desired effect as Wolves began to get at a Brentford defence which had stood firm for 45 minutes.
Hwang got the home fans off their feet when he chased a seemingly lost cause, slipping the ball through the legs of Pontus Jansson and skipping around the Bees captain before seeing his cross cut out.
Wolves received a helping hand in the 65th minute when Baptiste collected a needless second yellow card for hauling down on-loan Barcelona man Francisco Trincao and the balance of play shifted.
Kristoffer Ajer celebrated as though he had scored after making a goal-saving tackle to deny Hwang in front of goal.
Hwang was almost in again in the 74th minute but Jansson poked the ball away before Raya made two superb saves to deny Ruben Neves and Hwang again, unaware the flag was already raised for offside.
Frank was shown a yellow card for arguing over a throw-in decision as tempers frayed moving into the last 10 minutes, but it was his side who went closest to scoring again when Mbeumo saw a shot come back off the crossbar as time ticked down.