It was no exaggeration to describe it as a siege. Chelsea led through Ben Chilwell’s excellent finish on the stroke of half-time but it was Brentford who asked all the questions, with increasing urgency, as a pulsating game entered its closing stages.
How did Thomas Frank’s team not find an equaliser to celebrate his third anniversary as the manager? They absolutely deserved one. The answer lay somewhere between bad luck and the excellence of Édouard Mendy in the Chelsea goal.