HT Brentford 1-1 Everton
Published 20:49 21/09/10 By MirrorFootball
Everton's early-season woes continued at Griffin Park where they conceded a late equaliser to head in 1-1 at the break in their Carling Cup third round tie against npower League One side Brentford.
David Moyes' side, who are without a league win this season, took the lead with a well-taken maiden strike from Seamus Coleman in the sixth minute, and could have doubled their advantage had Marouane Fellaini not struck the post.
The Bees, who could have had a penalty when Myles Weston was knocked over in the box, fought back strongly and got their reward when Gary Alexander powered Weston's cross home to level the scores.
Moyes was under pressure to deliver a win for the travelling Everton fans who had booed their team off following their 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle - their third loss of a league campaign that has so far rendered only two points.
Brentford were also struggling to find form, with both their previous two matches ending in goalless draws.
Still, the home support in a near-capacity Griffin Park seemed confident of their side's chances of a shock victory.
Everton settled the best of the two sides early on though and only took six minutes to break the deadlock.
Yakubu broke down the right before laying the ball to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. The Russian entered the box before threading the ball through a stretched Brentford defence to Coleman, who beat Lee from six yards to score his first goal for the club.
Jagielka then flashed a header wide from a Gueye corner as Everton looked to double their advantage.
The Bees had keeper Lee to thank for preventing the visitors from scoring again in the 18th minute when he came out to claim the ball from under Yakubu's feet after he was played in by the lively Gueye from the right flank.
The home side were given a lift soon after when Nicky Adams' low drive crept just a couple of yards past Jan Mucha's left-hand post.
Yakubu should have scored minutes later when he beat the offside trap but failed to hit the target with a free header from six yards.
Brentford had their best chance of the match so far just before the half hour when Myles Weston fired a curling ball across the box but Charlie MacDonald mis-timed his run and could only direct his header over the crossbar.
The home side thought they should have had a penalty moments later when Bilyaletdinov clumsily ran into the back of Weston inside the Everton box but referee Michael Oliver failed to point to the spot.
Marouane Fellaini glanced an acute flick against the post from a Gueye cross with eight minutes of the half left before Lee saved well from a 25-yard Yakubu strike.
The home crowd then erupted as the League one side levelled the scores when Weston broke down the right to cross for Gary Alexander, who powered a header past Mucha.
The Bees pushed for a second and it was Everton who were the more relieved of the two sides when the half-time whistle went.