By Daniel Matthews For Mailonline
Published: 14:11 BST, 6 September 2020 | Updated: 14:22 BST, 6 September 2020
Ethan Pinnock went from history boy to fall-guy but even after his late error Brentford christened their new stadium with victory over Wycombe in the Carabao Cup first round.
Pinnock, one of only three survivors from the Bees team which started their play-off final just 33 days ago, nodded home Mathias Jensen’s first-half free kick before Thomas Frank’s side needed penalties to reach round two at the glistening Brentford Community Stadium.
There was none of the fanfare or fervour which should have enveloped this occasion, Brentford’s first competitive home game away from Griffin Park for 116 years.
Ethan Pinnock went from hero to zero but the Brentford won the first match in their new home
It was the first match at the west Londoners' new 17,250-capacity ground near Kew Bridge
But even without fans or their BMW forward line, Frank’s side did enough to reach the second round.
Wycombe had Dominic Gape sent off for a nasty challenge on Jan Zamburek early in the second half but Pinnock’s wayward pass allowed debutant Daryl Horgan to equalise late on.
After 90 minutes, the game went to penalties. Both sides blazed one over before Luke Daniels saved from Scott Kashket.
Pinnock (second left) headed home Mathias Jensen's first-half free-kick in west London
Daryl Horgan (far left) scored late on in the second-half to force a penalty shootout
Gareth Ainsworth’s side are preparing for a first ever campaign in the second tier but they looked at home early on, harrying a Brentford side who had hoped to mark