English Football League Championship side Brentford FC claimed another Premier League scalp in the EFL Cup on Tuesday as Newcastle United’s quarter-final misery in the competition continued with a 1-0 defeat.
Brentford are a team of sparkling industry and indefinable chemistry and the delightful victory for a club in the second tier of the League system was enough to send Brentford into their first-ever domestic cup semi-final at the fifth time of asking.
The Bees had never previously reached the last eight of this competition but have now booked a place in their first semi-final after Josh Dasilva scored the only goal 24 minutes from time at their Brentford Community Stadium.
As the side that played with far greater energy, better cohesion and more zest than their more illustrious opponents, they are the ones that march on to the last four and deservedly so.
Dasilva’s second-half winner was the least Brentford deserved for a performance in which they created more, shot more, tackled more and dreamed more. They ended up handing Newcastle a lesson in invention and ambition and can now celebrate the first major cup semi-final in their 131-year history.
Brentford have earned that by having a plan and by believing in their plan. And, they deserve nothing less than to move to the next round exactly as their performance merited on Tuesday night and before that in the competition.
Newcastle is not the first top-flight opposition that the Championship side have edged out. They have earned victories that knocked out Southampton (2-0 on Wednesday, September 16), West Brom (5-4 penalty shootouts on Tuesday, September 22) and Fulham (3-0 on Thursday, October 1) to advance to this stage.
And so Newcastle became the fourth Premier League team to fall to Brentford in this season’s competition. Coach Thomas Frank’s side now stand one match from Wembley, two from Europe. It is the stuff of dreams and the hardworking, sweaty zeal to see those dreams become reality. All kudos to the players and staff making it happen at Brentford.