TOMMY DOYLE’S stunner helped Wolves fight back to earn a third round replay having played with ten men for 88 minutes.
After Joao Gomes’ ninth minute red, Neal Maupay had given the Bees a first half lead which they failed to build on, struggling to create or finish chances in their final game before Ivan Toney returns from suspension.
Wolves went after the sloppy and spiky Bees after the break, with the introduction of fit-again Pedro Neto causing trouble for the hosts before Doyle picked out the top corner.
Any accusations these players didn’t care about the Cup were put to bed by a number of scraps and melees throughout.
Two Premier League clubs who had met here just last week hardly screamed FA Cup magic, and neither would have wanted a replay, but the two managers did at least name relatively strong sides, with only seven changes across both starting XIs.
It was a catalogue of errors which gifted Wolves most of their goals in this fixture nine days ago, and there was very nearly another one after just seven minutes here.
Second choice keeper, Thomas Strakosha, played the ball straight to Matheus Cunha on the edge of the box and needed Zanka to spare his blushes with a clearance.
After their nervy start, Brentford were given an early advantage with Gomes’ controversial sending off.
The Wolves midfielder, who had never been shown a red card in his career before now, caught the Achilles of Bees skipper Norgaard when stretching for the ball and was given a straight red by ref Tony Harrington with the Brentford midfielder needing to be carried off.
There didn’t appear to be any malice or force behind the challenge – but he was given his marching orders regardless – with a rarely-seen circular red car – and VAR Jarred Gillet decided not to get involved.
Wolves fans were frustrated when, not long after the red, Bees man Mikel Damsgaard got away without even conceding a foul when he ended up stamping on Doyle.
Brentford setup camp on the edge of the Wolves box from there but were struggling to carve clear chances.
Josh Dasilva brought the first real test for Sa, who did well to parry his effort from the edge of the box.
In keeping with the niggly nature of the game, it took a scrappy goal to get the Bees ahead.
Jensen whipped a free-kick right into the mouth of the goal where Nathan Collins’ header cannoned off Pinnock, back against the defender and to the feet of Maupay, who managed to force it home on the brink of half time.
That goal should have set the Bees comfortably on their way to the third round, but they could not build a cushion.
Damsgaard and Dasilva both went close after the break, before Doyle hit back.
Teed up by Neto, the midfielder on loan from Manchester City was given too much space on the edge of the box at a rare Wolves corner and took advantage, cracking a superb effort into the top right corner.
Doyle lined up another shortly after but Jensen got his head in the way and had to be replaced as a result – meaning the Bees had lost their two most influential players to injury.
The host pushed for a late winner, but Nelson Semedo made a superb block to deny Damsgaard a winner.
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