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Brentford 5-2 Blackburn Rovers

Ollie Watkins (right) scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season
Ollie Watkins (right) scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season

Brentford came from two goals down to secure a thrilling victory over Blackburn Rovers in a match between two in-form teams at Griffin Park.

Rovers scored twice inside the first seven minutes, with Bradley Dack sweeping home a powerful first-time finish from an Adam Armstrong cross and Danny Graham towering above the Brentford defence to head a Harrison Reed free-kick into the roof of the net.

Brentford replied six minutes later with a superb goal on the counter as Said Benrahma exchanged passes with Kamohelo Mokotjo before tucking an assured finish into the bottom corner - and then Ollie Watkins equalised in the 58th minute with a deflected strike.

Watkins nodded Brentford into the lead after beating Blackburn goalkeeper David Raya to a high ball, Neal Maupay finished off a good team move to make it 4-2 and substitute Sergi Canos slid home following a one-two with Watkins to seal an impressive win.

The result saw Brentford extend their unbeaten run to seven games, while Blackburn missed the chance to close the gap on the play-off places.

Brentford could have gone into the break level after responding to the visitors' early assault, but Blackburn goalkeeper David Raya superbly tipped Benrahma's angled free-kick onto the bar before Maupay skied a half-volley after getting on the end of Henrik Dalsgaard's nod-down.

Coming into the match, 10 of Blackburn's last 12 Championship goals had come in the second half of games - but the 52nd-minute withdrawal of goal scorers Dack and Graham because of injury blunted the visitors' attacking threat in the second period.

Rovers striker Adam Armstrong appealed for a penalty after a collision in the Brentford box with the score at 2-2, but the referee waved play on.

Brentford were able to capitalise and ended up winning the game comfortably, bringing Rovers' run of four consecutive victories to an end.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank:

"When we went behind so early I looked at the players' body language and they didn't panic, and in the last 15 minutes of the first half we got more into the game,

"At half-time, all of us felt we could turn it around and that it was an opportunity to show how we've improved as a team. But I was also disappointed at how we'd defended.

"After half-time we controlled the game very well and defended well, but even when we were ahead we pushed on and that's the mentality I want us to have.

"I have two dreams. To go on a good cup run starting on Tuesday against Barnet and as always to look no further ahead than the next game."

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It turned into a difficult afternoon for us. There were spells when we were pretty good and deserved to score more than the two goals we did.

"But, I think at half-time we needed to make a decision with our front two as Danny Graham and Bradley Dack were both struggling.

"We gave them five minutes at the start of the second half, but once they came off, I felt we lost a bit of leadership.

"We were very ragged for their second and third goals and we worked really hard on defending free-kicks and it's really disappointing to concede in the way we did.

"We went chasing a goal but then the game ran away from us in the end and we got really stretched which is everything out team is not about."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 26Konsa
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 29BarbetBooked at 45mins
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 12MokotjoSubstituted forMcEachranat 85'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 3HenrySubstituted forOdubajoat 45'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 9Maupay
  • 21BenrahmaSubstituted forCanosat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Odubajo
  • 7Canos
  • 10McEachran
  • 14Da Silva
  • 24Ogbene
  • 28Daniels
  • 34Bech Sörensen

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 31Bennett
  • 26LenihanBooked at 71mins
  • 5Rodwell
  • 17Bell
  • 27Travis
  • 29EvansSubstituted forBreretonat 62'minutes
  • 7Armstrong
  • 23DackSubstituted forConwayat 52'minutes
  • 4Reed
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forNuttallat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 6Smallwood
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Brereton
  • 24Nuttall
  • 32Conway
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
9,972

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 5, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 5, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 5, Blackburn Rovers 2. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Josh McEachran (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

Attempt blocked. Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Said Benrahma.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 4, Blackburn Rovers 2. Neal Maupay (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Said Benrahma.

Attempt missed. Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 3, Blackburn Rovers 2. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harrison Reed with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Corry Evans.

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Said Benrahma following a set piece situation.

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Said Benrahma following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

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