Brentford defeated Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League for the third straight season as second-half goals by Ethan Pinnock and Bryan Mbeumo earned a comfortable 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday.
The Blues had shown signs of improvement of late, going four games unbeaten with wins over Brighton, Fulham and Burnley and a 2-2 draw against Arsenal. But all their flaws came back to haunt them against the Bees as their attacking woes returned and Brentford made it a hat-trick of Premier League wins
Pinnock headed in a cross from Bryan Mbeumo in the 58th minute for a goal that was against the general run of a play, before Mbeumo added the second in the fifth minute of stoppage time, tapping into an empty net at the end of a fast break with Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez having gone up for a corner.
The first half had been one-sided, with Chelsea playmaker Cole Palmer setting up great chances for Noni Madueke, Marc Cucurella and Raheem Sterling. All of them were squandered, with Madueke’s shot hitting the crossbar.
Brentford was a constant threat on the counterattack and both goals came from that route.
Chelsea also lost to its London rival last season (2-0) and the season before (4-1), which was the first year Brentford played in the Premier League.
Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez was sent off with frustrations between the two benches boiling over, and it got even worse for the home side with Mbeumo’s tap-in and the end of Chelsea’s mini-revival.
Chelsea has only won one of its six league games at home this season, and that was against promoted Luton, with Pochettino’s team struggling to break down opponents that set up defensively.
It was a second straight victory for Brentford after an eight-game winless run in all competitions.