Troubled Toney on target as Brentford beat Fulham

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has saluted "unique" Ivan Toney after the striker's latest dazzling display.

Toney hit the target again as Brentford boosted their bid for Europe by winning a fiery west London derby 3-2 against Fulham.

The striker took his tally for the season to 16 with a penalty to help sink the Bees' local rivals.

Unfortunately for Brentford and Toney, should they succeed in their unlikely bid to reach the Europa League, they may have to enter it without their talisman.

Toney is facing the prospect of a lengthy ban after being charged with 262 alleged breaches of the Football Association's gambling laws dating back to 2017.

But as the 26-year striker promised this week in a social media post questioning the confidentiality of the FA's investigation, Toney is concentrating on his football.

"It tells a lot about his ability to have laser focus," Frank said.

"It's not a coincidence. His ability to focus is quite unique. He never switches off.

"If there's something going on outside the pitch he is still focused."

Toney got his first sight of goal with just two minutes on the clock, collecting the ball on the edge of the area before curling a low shot towards the corner which Fulham keeper Bernd Leno palmed away at full stretch.

Toney's strike partner Bryan Mbeumo had two great chances denied before Brentford's lightning-quick start was rewarded with a goal after only six minutes when Ethan Pinnock's drive took a wicked deflection off Fulham captain Tim Ream to leave Leno helpless.

Totally against the run of play, Fulham equalised from a free kick of their own.

Andreas Pereira's effort from the edge of the box came down off the crossbar and bounced up for Manor Solomon to nod into an empty net for his fifth goal in five matches.

Brentford were gifted the lead for a second time five minutes into the second half when Issa Diop was penalised for the slightest kick on the foot of Christian Norgaard.

Toney stepped up to convert his 21st penalty from the 21 he has taken for Brentford, helping to stretch the Bees' unbeaten streak to 12 Premier League matches and keeping them in the hunt for Europe.

Mathias Jensen increased their lead with five minutes remaining, before Carlos Vinicius pulled one back for Fulham in stoppage time.

"It was a disappointing night for us. A disappointing performance as well," Fulham boss Marco Silva said.

"They scored early in the game and early in the second half but it was our fault. We were sloppy."