Ivan Toney was on target Brentford He increased his bids for Europe by winning a feisty West London derby 3-2 against. Fulham.

The striker took the Bees’ tally to 16 for the season with another deadly kick to help sink their local rivals.

Unfortunately for Brentford and Toney, if they succeed in their unexpected bid to reach the Europa League, they may have to enter the Europa League without their talisman.

Toney faces the prospect of a prolonged ban after being accused of allegedly violating the Football Association’s gambling laws a total of 262 times, dating back to 2017.

But as promised in a social media post this week questioning the confidentiality of the FA’s investigation, Toney is focusing on football.

Only two minutes into the hour he saw his first goal and scooped up the ball at the edge of the field, before Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno took a low shot into the corner, which he had stretched out.

Moments later, Toney’s batting partner Bryan Mbeumo missed the simplest chance and came to the far outpost to fire from four yards to meet Rico Henry’s middle.

Mbeumo was rebuffed by Leno’s outstretched foot before Brentford’s lightning fast start was rewarded with a goal just six minutes later.

Fulham couldn’t handle a corner and Ethan Pinnock’s drive took a nasty deflection from Fulham captain Tim Ream to leave Leno helpless.

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Mbeumo nearly doubled in with a narrowly widening twisting free kick, and Toney tried an unorthodox pass with his backside, almost finding Yoane Wissa, before slashing the crossbar with a 26-year-old free kick.

A few minutes later, and completely against the course of the game, Fulham equalized with a free kick of their own.

Andreas Pereira’s shot from the edge of the penalty area came back from the crossbar and splashed onto Manor Solomon and saluted the empty net for his fifth goal in five games.

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Serbian midfielder Sasa Lukic, who made his debut at Fulham with Joao Palhinha suspended, was lucky to avoid a second penalty at halftime by tripping Wissa while the winger threatened to score.

Brentford took the lead within five minutes of the second half, punishing Issa Diop for the slightest kick to Christian Norgaard’s foot.

Toney sped up to calmly change his 21-to-21 penalty for Brentford, extending the Bees’ undefeated streak to 12. Premier League matches and keeping them on the European hunt.

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Toney was almost making another one with extreme effort from the midfield line floating just above him.

Instead, Mathias Jensen doubled the lead with five minutes left, making a cut from backup Kevin Schade before Carlos Vinicius made a pullback for Fulham in stoppage time.