If Thomas Frank’s casual get-up and depleted bench suggested the Carabao Cup was an afterthought, this performance proved Brentford still harbour dreams of another unlikely trip to Wembley.
Injuries and coronavirus meant Frank – in polo shirt and shorts – named only five substitutes.
But his outnumbered squad still had too much for a full-strength Southampton, with first-half goals from Christian Norgaard and Josh Dasilva condemning Saints to successive defeats.
Josh Dasilva doubled the advantage for Brentford as they saw off the Premier League side
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl watched a full strength team lose at home
Nathan Redmond suffered a serious looking injury and was forced to come off
Christian Norgaard celebrated the opening goal of the game with his Brentford team-mates
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Tella (Obafemi 84), Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond (Djenepo 71), Ings, Adams (Long 84)
Subs not used: Vestergaard, Smallbone, Vokins, Forster
Brentford: Daniels, Dalsgaard, Goode, Sorensen, Thompson (Henry 71), Baptiste, Norgaard, Da Silva (Marcondes 71), Mbeumo, Forss (Dervisoglu 77), Fosu
Subs not used: Pinnock, Zamburek
Goalscorers: Norgaard 40, Da Silva 45+1
Booked: Dalsgaard, Goode, Thompson
Referee: John Brooks
‘It’s very clear – what we showed was simply not enough,’ Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted.
‘With this form it will be difficult to win games.’
For Brentford, meanwhile, West Brom await in round three.
‘Of course, we try to win (the competition),’ Frank smiled.
‘It was a performance where we showed we can compete with a Premier League opponent.’
Here, Danny Ings, Che Adams and Jack Stephens all went close for Southampton but Brentford had chances even before Norgaard headed home his first Bees goal.
Their lead should have then doubled when Bryan Mbeumo raced beyond Alex McCarthy, only to be denied by Ryan Bertrand’s challenge.
Soon, though, there was nothing Saints could do to prevent a scything move ending in Dasilva’s finish from 18 yards.
And nothing they could do thereafter to turn the tide.
Norgaard headed in during the first half as Thomas Frank’s side set about their work well
Danny Ings went close for his side but the former Liverpool man found himself frustrated
Thomas Frank cut a casual figure on the touchline but his team played with plenty of panache
Southampton are out of the Carabao Cup and Brentford have advanced to the next round