Ivan Toney insisted that he manifested scoring goals and winning games for Brentford during his time away from football as he marked his return after an eight-month ban with a goal in Brentford’s 3-2 win against Nottingham Forest.
‘I 100 percent knew this would happen. I manifest things like this. Before the game, before I left my house, I thought, “We’re winning today and I’m scoring.” And I made it happen, which is good,’ said Toney.
‘It was a long time coming. I manifested this win when I was at home during the time I was out and I’m buzzing to be back scoring goals and winning with the team,’ the 27-year-old added.
Toney equalised for Brentford with a free-kick in the 19th minute after Forest had taken an early lead, though replays showed the striker controversially moving the ball to create a better angle for himself.
‘Yeah I saw the gap. Sometimes you have a gap either way and I bent the ball around the wall and was so happy to see it go in,’ Toney said.
Ivan Toney said he manifested scoring on his return to the Brentford team after his ban
The Brentford star equalised for the hosts in the first half of their win over Nottingham Forest
Your browser does not support iframes.
Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo insisted that it was ‘a clear ball displacement’ but Brentford manager Thomas Frank called it ‘clever’ and joked that he was happy with his ‘January signing’ after his first Brentford appearance since May 2023.
‘Classic Ivan loves the big stage. He thrives there,’ said Frank. ‘I must say that it was extra impressive for him to come back after eight months out and play the way he did – scoring a clever goal, his link-up play, his presence, his work ethic, defending at set pieces was all super impressive. I’m glad with our January signing,’ Frank added, after Toney’s player of the match display.
And Frank highlighted the value of Toney on the rest of the team after Brentford won for the first time in six games to go up to 14th in the table
‘If you have big players, they normally lift other players. He is one of our best players, if not the best. So it’s natural that the other players were lifted. On top of that, his personality and character is immense.
‘I couldn’t stop smiling before the game when I saw him talking with Neal (Maupay) and Keano (Keane Lewis-Potter) and the other players. All those bits are crucial. I can put a gameplan together but to nail it, you need good players to interact each other,’ Frank said.
Toney helped Brentford end a run of five consecutive league defeats to move up to 14th
For Forest, who dropped to 16th after defeat, Nuno was left furious after Toney’s free-kick was not checked for the ball displacement.
‘Of course, I have an issue,’ said Nuno. ‘Everyone saw the ball displacement. The law is clear. Every goal and every situation that leads to a goal must be checked.’