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Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Brentford

Danny Graham
Danny Graham scored twice in the first half

Blackburn's Danny Graham and Brentford's Scott Hogan both scored twice as struggling Rovers came from a goal down to win a pulsating encounter.

Hogan put Brentford ahead in the first minute with a right-foot shot but Graham soon equalised from close range.

Graham scored his second from the penalty spot after a foul on Corry Evans but Hogan hit back for Brentford from six yards on the half-hour mark.

Harlee Dean's own goal restored Rovers' lead, which proved decisive.

Blackburn went into the match without a win for more than a month and it looked like that wait would continue when Hogan hit the back of their net after just 33 seconds.

But Graham grabbed his two goals in the space of five minutes to turn the game on its head, only for Hogan to hit back with a second of his own.

Brentford captain Dean then scored what was to be the winning goal past his own goalkeeper before half-time to condemn the Bees to their fourth defeat in their last six games.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle: "I'm so pleased for the players, the fans, because it would have been easy losing a goal after 30 seconds to feel sorry for ourselves, but nothing could be further from the truth.

"We kept persevering with our quality of play and got ourselves in front at 2-1 and we tried to add to it. When you don't get that goal, at the level we operate, you can get punished.

"Having got in front and looking good to add to it, we find ourselves at 2-2 and have to pick ourselves up again, which we do.

"There was a lot to be pleased about. I'm just delighted how we went about it. It's an important three points."

Brentford manager Dean Smith: "I just felt that we gave them a helping hand with the goals. We didn't defend the second phase of a corner well enough. They overloaded the back post. Daniel's (Bentley) made a great save but they reacted quicker.

"The second goal, we get done with a one-two and go to ground in the box. And the third goal, Egs (John Egan) gets caught out, and then we don't delay the lad crossing it and Harlee doesn't sort his feet out quick enough, so we certainly gave them a helping hand.

"It's a concern that we've conceded three goals because that's very unlike us. We've kept seven clean sheets this season.

We went with a more attacking formation today because we haven't been converting our chances over the last few games. But I can't fault them second half and if they keep giving that, they'll get back to winning ways."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 10MarshallBooked at 66mins
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 5Williams
  • 7Feeney
  • 6LoweBooked at 59mins
  • 29EvansSubstituted forBennettat 86'minutes
  • 32ConwayBooked at 27mins
  • 12GrahamSubstituted forNyambeat 77'minutes
  • 19Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 8Byrne
  • 9Stokes
  • 11Samuelsen
  • 24Nyambe
  • 30Brown
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 14Egan
  • 5BjellandBooked at 18minsSubstituted forBarbetat 88'minutes
  • 20Clarke
  • 15Woods
  • 8YennarisBooked at 66mins
  • 25Kaikai
  • 21VibeSubstituted forSawyersat 70'minutes
  • 9Hogan

Substitutes

  • 10McEachran
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 19Sawyers
  • 29Barbet
  • 30Field
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
10,506

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Brentford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Brentford 2.

Attempt blocked. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harlee Dean.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Yoann Barbet replaces Andreas Bjelland.

Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Maxime Colin (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Clarke with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Corry Evans.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Attempt blocked. Scott Hogan (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Clarke.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).

Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Attempt blocked. John Egan (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harlee Dean.

Attempt blocked. Josh Clarke (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ryan Nyambe replaces Danny Graham because of an injury.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Attempt blocked. Scott Hogan (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Romaine Sawyers replaces Lasse Vibe.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Jason Steele (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Brentford).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).

Booking

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Nico Yennaris (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

Nico Yennaris (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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