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Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Brentford

Kasey Palmer of Blackburn Rovers
Kasey Palmer's goal was his first since joining Blackburn on loan from Chelsea

Brentford boss Dean Smith criticised the Ewood Park pitch after seeing his side lose their unbeaten start to the season against Blackburn Rovers.

A game of few chances was settled 10 minutes into the second half when Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer finished beyond Daniel Bentley after the Bees had failed to clear Elliott Bennett's cross.

Smith felt there had been a foul in the build up to the goal - and was unhappy with the surface.

"I don't think the pitch was conducive for good football," he said. "They'll probably put the horses out there later to graze.

"The defeat's a tough one to take. I'm not sure they created much at all. We didn't create an awful lot either.

"They scored from a bad tackle from (Richard) Smallwood on young Marcus Forss. Said (Benrahma) has stopped, probably in amazement that the referee hasn't blown the whistle, and they break through and score."

Brentford had the better of the opening half, with Benrahma's effort coming back off the bar. Rovers had goalkeeper David Raya to thank for a third clean sheet of the campaign, with the Spaniard making a smart save from Nico Yennaris just before Palmer's opener.

And Raya was on hand again to tip over Benrahma's dipping effort from distance shortly afterwards.

Defeat for Brentford was a first in the league since April, but the result leaves both sides placed in the top 10 of the early Championship table.

Before the match, the Bees announced that midfielder Ryan Woods had joined Championship rivals Stoke City on loan with a view to a permanent move.

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray on match-winner Kasey Palmer:

"When you're not playing for such a good technical team [as Chelsea's Under-23s], you have to run, and tackle, chase, win headers, fight and get back, and he's learning that I think.

"He's trying to pick it up very quickly and I'm delighted he's scored today because he's had a tough week.

"He only trained on Friday this week. He's been in London all week because of a family illness. I'm so happy for him that he's had a good game."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 17Bell
  • 6Smallwood
  • 29EvansSubstituted forTravisat 78'minutes
  • 45PalmerSubstituted forConwayat 69'minutes
  • 8Rothwell
  • 31Bennett
  • 24NuttallSubstituted forGrahamat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 16Caddis
  • 25Downing
  • 27Travis
  • 30Hart
  • 32Conway

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 26Konsa
  • 6Mepham
  • 29Barbet
  • 8Yennaris
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 19SawyersSubstituted forMacLeodat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21BenrahmaSubstituted forCanosat 65'minutes
  • 33ForssSubstituted forJudgeat 64'minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 7Canos
  • 10McEachran
  • 18Judge
  • 20Clarke
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 28Daniels
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
12,094

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home2
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Brentford 0.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Offside, Brentford. Chris Mepham tries a through ball, but Henrik Dalsgaard is caught offside.

Booking

Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Sergi Canos (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Lewis MacLeod replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Travis replaces Corry Evans.

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

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Kasey Palmer.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kasey Palmer (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Kasey Palmer (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Said Benrahma.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Marcus Forss.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Richard Smallwood.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Joe Nuttall.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Joe Rothwell.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

Attempt saved. Said Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds54101441013
2Middlesbrough541092713
3Bolton531166010
4Aston Villa523010739
5Blackburn52306429
6Derby53028719
7Sheff Utd53028719
8Brentford522110558
9Bristol City52217528
10Swansea52215418
11West Brom521213857
12Wigan521210827
13Nottm Forest51407617
14Sheff Wed521278-17
15Millwall41215505
16Stoke512269-35
17Norwich5113811-34
18Hull511359-44
19Preston511337-44
20Birmingham503246-23
21Rotherham4103410-63
22QPR5104313-103
23Reading502347-32
24Ipswich502348-42
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