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Brentford 5-1 Rotherham: Newly-promoted Millers thrashed on Championship return

Dean Smith
Dean Smith led Brentford to their best start to a season since they won 5-1 at Plymouth Argyle in what is now League One

Brentford manager Dean Smith says he is excited at how his side could fare this season after their impressive 5-1 opening day win over Rotherham.

Neal Maupay scored twice while Sergi Canos, Ollie Watkins and Lewis MacLeod were also on target as they got their biggest opening day win since 1994.

"We're all excited about the group and what the potential is," Smith told BBC Radio London as they topped the early Championship table.

"But at the moment the word is potential and I've just said to the players that I was disappointed with the goal we conceded at the end.

"I think 5-1 is a good score, 5-0 is probably a statement that we're very good defensively as well and I was disappointed with the goal as it was just a second ball drop from a long throw."

Newly-promoted Rotherham were outclassed by Brentford - a one-sided first half saw the Bees take a fourth-minute lead as Maupay converted from close range after MacLeod's shot was saved.

Canos lashed home a second after a flick-on from MacLeod's corner, and Watkins smashed a third off the underside of the bar soon after the restart.

Neil Maupay celebrates
Neal Maupay has scored five goals in his last seven Brentford appearances

Maupay tapped in a fourth on the hour after Marek Rodak's save, and MacLeod got the fifth late on from 20 yards before Will Vaulks scored an injury-time consolation with a powerful strike from 25 yards out.

Perhaps Rotherham fans expected nothing less from their side - the Millers have not won an opening game of the season since 2011.

But Brentford will be excited at their attacking quartet of Maupay, Watkins, Canos and Romaine Sawyers, who all had other chances to score as the home side dominated possession.

Meanwhile, Millers manager Paul Warne will know his side, who won the League One play-off final in May, will have to improve if they are shake off the tag of favourites to be relegated.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne said: "They gave me everything but collectively we weren't good enough to cause them problems.

"This is a much better standard than League One. Their movement was great and it's very difficult to deal with.

"But even when we were losing we kept trying to score a goal. We have had a chat in the dressing room and there's no one shouting at each other."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 26Konsa
  • 6Mepham
  • 29Barbet
  • 4MacLeod
  • 10McEachran
  • 7CanosSubstituted forBenrahmaat 68'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forMokotjoat 80'minutes
  • 9MaupaySubstituted forJudgeat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Yennaris
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 18Judge
  • 20Clarke
  • 21Benrahma
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 28Daniels

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 5Ajayi
  • 6WoodBooked at 9mins
  • 3Mattock
  • 11Taylor
  • 4VaulksBooked at 43mins
  • 8Palmer
  • 22NewellSubstituted forWilliamsat 71'minutes
  • 10BallSubstituted forVassellat 57'minutes
  • 24SmithSubstituted forWilesat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Price
  • 15Robertson
  • 19Vassell
  • 23Williams
  • 25Wiles
  • 26Raggett
  • 28Jones
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
10,297

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home13
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 5, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 5, Rotherham United 1.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 5, Rotherham United 1. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 5, Rotherham United 0. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Chris Mepham (Brentford).

Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

Ben Wiles (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ryan Williams.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Kamohelo Mokotjo replaces Ollie Watkins.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Matthew Palmer (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Rotherham United. Jon Taylor tries a through ball, but Joe Mattock is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ryan Williams replaces Joe Newell.

Attempt saved. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Mattock with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Neal Maupay.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Said Benrahma replaces Sergi Canos.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ben Wiles replaces Michael Smith.

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matthew Palmer (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 4, Rotherham United 0. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yoann Barbet.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Kyle Vassell replaces David Ball.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Chris Mepham.

Attempt blocked. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Newell.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford11005143
2Wigan11003213
3Bolton11002113
4Derby11002113
5Swansea11002113
6Preston11001013
7Birmingham10102201
8Blackburn10102201
9Ipswich10102201
10Middlesbrough10102201
11Millwall10102201
12Norwich10102201
13Bristol City10101101
14Nottm Forest10101101
15Aston Villa00000000
16Hull00000000
17Leeds00000000
18Stoke00000000
19Sheff Wed100123-10
20Reading100112-10
21Sheff Utd100112-10
22West Brom100112-10
23QPR100101-10
24Rotherham100115-40
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