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01 October 2020 20:32

West Ham United F.C. Manuel Pellegrini Southampton F.C.

Said Benrahma scored twice as Brentford reached the Carabao Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history with a 3-0 win over struggling west London rivals Fulham. Marcus Forss opened the scoring shortly before half-time (37), before a Benrahma double (62, 77) - the second after an impudent piece of skill - ensured Thomas Frank's side gained a modicum of revenge for their defeat to the Cottagers in the Championship play-off final. Benrahma has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace during this window and while a deal has yet to materialise, the Algeria midfielder - who simply smiled after the game and said: "I'm at Brentford. I'm happy." - certainly gave any Premier League suitors a nudge before the transfer deadline on his first start of the season. Defeat means more misery for Fulham boss Scott Parker, whose side have lost all three matches upon their return to the top flight.

0:43 Said Benrahma scores a superb goal after performing a silky nutmeg in Brentford's Carabao Cup win over Fulham How Brentford blew away Fulham Image: Said Benrahma scores Brentford's second goal against Fulham in the Carabao Cup Parker made 10 changes to the Fulham side thumped by Aston Villa on Monday and they were inches away from taking a 10th-minute lead when Neeskens Kebano whipped a 25-yard free-kick round the Brentford wall and against the crossbar. The Iran midfielder took advantage when Jean Michael Seri lost possession, found space down the right and squared the ball for Finnish youngster Forss to slam home. Image: Marcus Forss tucks away the opener for Brentford against Fulham But Benrahma doubled the lead when he arrived at the far post to convert Ethan Pinnock's header across goal and one of last season's star performers killed Fulham off with a stunning turn and shot for what could yet be his final goal in Brentford colours. Pundit verdict on Benrahma Image: Said Benrahma featured for Brentford, despite being linked with a move away before the deadline Jamie Redknapp: "Fulham were marginally better in the second half - Lookman gave them a little bit of pace - but Brentford had that class and Benrahma produced a piece of genius! He knows what he's doing for the second goal; the audacity of it.

It's delicious." Paul Merson: "He's got talent but he's got to perform on the big stage when the big games come along. Palace have got players in that position - would he be playing?" What the managers said Brentford's Thomas Frank: "Am I confident he will stay? I'm confident that I would love him to stay, and I would love to have him. But I don't know. Honestly. If the price is right we are open to selling, but if not we will be happy for him to stay. "Either we are going to get a top price or we are going to keep one of the best players in the Championship. Has he added a few million to his price? 100 per cent!" "It's particularly satisfying that we wrote history tonight at the new stadium. Beating a local rival and creating history, we are very pleased." Fulham's Scott Parker: "We all understand, we've strengthened in certain areas but it's quite clear the team in that area needs some help. But there's nothing at the moment. This is a team in transition, we came fourth in the Championship last year. There are issues that need to be resolved and hopefully we will do that." The Carabao Cup quarter-finals take place on December 22/23, with all four ties to be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Back in the Sky Bet Championship, Brentford host Preston at 2pm on Sunday while Fulham travel to face Wolves in the Premier League on the same day, live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League; coverage starts at 1pm with kick-off at 2pm. Said Benrahma gave his Premier League suitors a nudge as Brentford gained some revenge for their play-off final defeat with a 3-0 Carabao Cup victory over Fulham. Benrahma, the star of Brentford's promotion bid last season, scored twice as the Bees reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. The Algerian midfielder has been linked with a host of top-flight clubs but, with an anticipated move yet to materialise he was given his first start of this season, and he took his chance in style. What Brentford would have given for a performance like this two months ago, when they were pipped to promotion by their west London rivals in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. On this evidence Brentford may well have been the better equipped to make a decent fist of the Premier League. Defeat meant more misery for Fulham boss Scott Parker, whose side have lost all three matches upon their return to the top flight. Parker made 10 changes to the side thumped by Aston Villa on Monday and they were inches away from taking a 10th-minute lead when Neeskens Kebano whipped a 25-yard free-kick round the Brentford wall and against the crossbar. Bees goalkeeper David Raya almost gifted Fulham an opener with a poor clearance but Anthony Knockaert could only find the side-netting. Instead Brentford went ahead eight minutes before half-time with debutant Saman Ghoddos the architect. The Iran midfielder took advantage when Jean Michael Seri lost possession, found space down the right and squared the ball for Finnish youngster Marcus Forss to slam home. Fulham attempted to hit back before the interval but Aboubakar Kamara's curler was too high. Parker sent on Ademola Lookman for his debut at the break and the former Everton winger injected some urgency into their attack. Raya was forced into a fine save to keep out Kebano's looping effort before Lookman's cut-back was blazed over the crossbar by Seri. But Benrahma doubled the lead when he arrived at the far post to convert Ethan Pinnock's header across goal. And last season's star performer killed Fulham off with a stunning turn and shot for what could yet be his final goal in Brentford colours.