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Brentford 0-1 Chelsea FC LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

Brentford vs Chelsea LIVE!

Chelsea kept their grip on the top spot in the Premier League on Saturday as they beat neighbours Brentford 1-0 thanks to a Ben Chilwell strike, but only after a string of last-gasp defending and saves by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy denied the hosts.

Chilwell scored for the second match in a row in the 45th minute when Brentford failed to clear and the ball dropped kindly for the England defender to strike from 12 yards with a half volley.

The hosts had earlier hit the post through Bryan Mbeumo and the Frenchman was again denied by the woodwork in the 75th minutes as the Bees subjected Chelsea to wave after wave of attacks in their push for an equaliser.

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Brentford spent much of the first half pegged back by Chelsea but the red and white shirts piled forward after the break, roared on by their supporters.

In the 83rd minute, Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy denied Saman Ghoddos and Trevoh Chalobah then saved the visitors by clearing off line from Christian Norgaard. Mendy made further fine saves, including turning over an acrobatic overhead effort by Norgaard in injury time.

The result leaves Chelsea one point clear of Liverpool at the top of the table. Brentford stand in seventh place on 12 points.

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Player Ratings

Edouard Mendy: 9

Malang Sarr: 8

Mateo Kovacic: 5

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Hard to argue...
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Well summed-up by the Bees
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More from the Brentford boss.

He told Sky Sports: “We kept the European champions and first-placed in the Premier League to five shots in the whole game. That’s very impressive.”

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Thomas Frank has revealed his comments to Edouard Mendy after the final whistle.

The Brentford boss stated: “I said to him that it was a little bit annoying that he was so good today and I praised him."

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Says it all, really?
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Big praise for Brentford as a club from Gary Neville.

The ex-defender tells Sky Sports: “It feels right, there’s a connection between the players, the manager, the fans. You can feel there’s a spirit in the club.

“They give outstanding effort, they’re entertaining, massive hearts. It’s everything a fan wants to see. It feels really good.”

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What next for these two teams?

Malmo travel to Stamford Bridge for a Champions League clash on Wednesday, kicking off 8pm BST.

It’s a free midweek for Brentford, who face Leicester at home in the Premier League next Sunday, at 2pm BST.

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The Only Goal
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It was a quiet night for Romelu Lukaku.

With just 18 touches, he had far fewer than opposite number Ivan Toney (45) and has now not scored in six Chelsea appearances. Something for Thomas Tuchel to ponder, perhaps.

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