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Brentford 1-1 Derby County

Joe Ledley
Wales international Joe Ledley was a free agent when he joined Derby on a short-term deal earlier this month

Ollie Watkins' close-range strike four minutes from time earned Brentford a point and prevented Joe Ledley from scoring a winner on his Derby debut.

The Wales international, who joined in September, headed the opener from Sam Winnall's knock down within 15 minutes.

The Bees had more than 80 per cent possession in a feisty first half but could only manage one shot on target.

But they continued to dominate and Watkins secured a draw with their second goal-bound effort.

Former Exeter forward Watkins scored with a neat right-foot finish from Florian Jozefzoon's left-wing cross to reward the home side's relentless pressure.

Neal Maupay and Chris Mepham had earlier both sent headers off target for the hosts and Nico Yennaris went close with a 25-yard free-kick.

But with the Rams looking set for a second away Championship win of the season, Brentford secured just their eighth league point of the season.

Brentford boss Dean Smith: "It was fully deserved even though we probably didn't create as many clear cut chances as we have in previous games.

"We were very patient and moved the ball a lot more quickly after half-time when we found a little more intensity. We had to because you can't just go chucking balls in the box against centre-backs of Derby's calibre.

"We looked at their bench and knew it was going to be tough but after the break we moved it around well and were brave on the ball, and that's not easy against a team of ex-Premier League players.

"We lacked a little bit of quality in the final third but got the luck our performance deserved in the end."

Derby County manager Gary Rowett: "It was a difficult game. We knew that from last year.

"I thought we started the game really well, wanted to play higher and with more intensity and we did that for 10 minutes. Then it became impossible not to drop and defend.

"If you look at the whole game it is frustrating when we had an opportunity to get out we didn't play with composure and quality.

"Ultimately, they have had two shots on target the whole game, they didn't create that much. It was a sloppy goal to give away. We had dealt with virtually everything they threw at us. To concede a goal like that was really poor."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 36mins
  • 5BjellandSubstituted forMephamat 45'minutes
  • 29Barbet
  • 3Henry
  • 8Yennaris
  • 15WoodsBooked at 30minsSubstituted forMcEachranat 70'minutes
  • 20ClarkeSubstituted forJozefzoonat 57'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 45mins
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 7Jozefzoon
  • 10McEachran
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 27Shaibu
  • 28Daniels
  • 31Chatzitheodoridis
  • 33Mepham

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 14WisdomBooked at 30mins
  • 6KeoghBooked at 76mins
  • 33Davies
  • 3ForsythBooked at 25mins
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 36LedleySubstituted forVydraat 83'minutes
  • 20BennettSubstituted forWeimannat 12'minutes
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 30mins
  • 10Lawrence
  • 17WinnallBooked at 37minsSubstituted forNugentat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Martin
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 19Weimann
  • 23Vydra
  • 28Nugent
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
8,679

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home14
Away3
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Derby County 1.

Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Derby County. Andre Wisdom tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Derby County 1. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

Attempt blocked. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Matej Vydra replaces Joe Ledley.

Offside, Brentford. Ollie Watkins tries a through ball, but Florian Jozefzoon is caught offside.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Attempt missed. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Booking

Richard Keogh (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Rico Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

David Nugent (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Ryan Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Sam Winnall.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

Attempt blocked. Rico Henry (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Brentford. Henrik Dalsgaard tries a through ball, but Florian Jozefzoon is caught offside.

Rico Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Chris Mepham (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ollie Watkins with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Lawrence.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Florian Jozefzoon replaces Josh Clarke.

Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Rico Henry with a cross.

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Mepham (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Lawrence.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds106221881020
3Wolves9621159620
4Preston10541114719
5Ipswich96031913618
6Sheff Utd9603128418
7Bristol City104511710717
8Aston Villa104421610616
9Middlesbrough10433117415
10Norwich10433912-315
11Fulham10352129314
12Millwall103431310313
13Sheff Wed93421211113
14QPR103431313013
15Derby93331313012
16Nottm Forest104061318-512
17Hull102351618-29
18Reading9234810-29
19Burton10235619-139
20Brentford101541113-28
21Barnsley92251014-48
22Sunderland101361019-96
23Birmingham9126513-85
24Bolton10028421-172
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