Sergi Canos celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Stoke.
Sergi Canos celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Stoke.

Ivan Toney's winning strike sent Brentford in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, sealing a 2-1 win at the Bet365 Stadium.

The hosts dominated proceedings early on, with Tyrese Campbell threatening to break in behind the Brentford defence.

But it was Thomas Frank's side who took the lead when Sergi Canos fired into the back of net after Stoke failed to clear their lines.

The visitors then doubled their advantage as Toney's first-time finish gave Josef Bursik no chance in the Stoke goal.

Michael O'Neill's side halved the deficit when Romaine Sawyers' shot from outside the box soared into the net.

Stoke pushed for an equaliser but were unable to break down a resolute Brentford defence. Abdallah Sima had the host's best chance late on but his header just evaded the post.

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Brentford's progress to the quarter-finals means they are in with a shot of beating their best ever Carabao Cup performance last season.

The Bees went all the way to the semi-finals as a Championship club in 2020-21 before losing 2-0 to Tottenham at the penultimate hurdle.

It also continues a remarkable run of away results for the side from West London, who are now unbeaten in nine matches on the road in all competitions. 

This was their second-ever cup meeting with Stoke — the other being an FA Cup clash last year — and Brentford have emerged victorious on both occasions. 

After starting the season strongly, things appear to be heading in the wrong direction for the Potters, who have now lost four in all competitions.

They will be looking to get back to winning ways against struggling Cardiff this weekend, while Brentford will be in buoyant mood when they travel to relegation-battlers Burnley.


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