Ivan Toney marked his return to football with a goal in a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest at the GTECH Community Stadium on Saturday.
Goals from Danilo and Chris Wood couldn’t prevent Brentford getting their first win in eight games and leapfrogging Forest in the process.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had the perfect start, taking the lead after three minutes thanks to a wonder strike from Danilo who volleyed home from 20 yards out, following a poor clearance from Vitaly Janelt.
Forest were the team in the ascendency has Ryan Yates saw his effort struck wide of the Brentford post.
The Bees were level on 20 minutes thanks to an Ivan Toney freekick which curled round the poorly assembled Brentford wall leaving Matt Turner rooted to the spot.
The West London side were very nearly ahead short after, as pinball in the penalty area led to Keane Lewis-Potter striking the underside of the bar and was eventually saved off the line by Turner.
The second half started how the first ended, with Lewis-Potter again involved as his effort was comfortably saved by Turner after a good cross from Toney.
Orel Mangala had an audacious backheel go just wide of the Brentford goal, in a rare opportunity for the away side.
Thomas Frank’s side were ahead just before the hour mark, as Ben Mee met Mathias Jensen’s corner with a trademark header.
Forest weren’t behind for long, Callum Hudson-Odoi put in a great ball which found Chris Wood who glanced his header in to score his sixth goal in as many games.
It was Forest’s turn to put on the pressure as Hudson-Odoi and Wood combined again to tee up Mangala who saw his speculative effort fly just wide of Mark Flekken’s goal.
Brentford didn’t have to wait long to lead again, Neal Maupay’s brilliant touch and volley flew past Matt Turner.
Forest appeals for handball were in vain as the goal was confirmed following a brief VAR check.
The away side couldn’t find another equaliser and left the game empty handed, ending a run of four without defeat.
The result leaves Forest 16th in the table, four points above Luton in 18th, whilst Brentford are up to 14th.
The Reds are in FA Cup action this week and will travel to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City on Friday, meanwhile Brentford have a week off after being knocked out and will travel to The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when the Premier League resumes.