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Barnsley 1-3 Brentford: Ollie Watkins hat-trick ends poor away run for Bees

Ollie Watkins makes it 2-1 to Brentford
Ollie Watkins' hat-trick took his tally to seven goals already this season

Ollie Watkins scored a hat-trick of headers as Brentford came from behind to win at Barnsley.

Cauley Woodrow had put Barnsley ahead after just 59 seconds with a curling right-foot shot from 25 yards.

But Brentford responded in relentless rain and wind at Oakwell as Watkins headed them level from a Mathias Jensen cross midway through the first half.

Moments after the restart, he headed in again after Sergi Canos had crossed and then stooped to nod in his third midway through the second half with Canos again the provider.

Watkins has now scored seven of Brentford's eight Championship goals this season and the victory ended a run of three successive away defeats for the Bees.

Barnsley are still without a win since the opening day of the season, when they beat Fulham at home.

Coming into the game, Barnsley and Brentford were the Championship's two lowest-scoring sides but there was no hint of that when Woodrow stunned the visitors with his early goal for Barnsley.

The fast tempo continued and both sides spurned chances to add to that before Watkins levelled for Brentford.

Remarkably, he was also denied a goal before half-time by both the post and the crossbar when played through, before Said Benrahma fired both rebounds wide of an open goal from just 10 yards out.

But as the game grew on, Brentford were the more clinical and Watkins eventually netted his first hat-trick since scoring three for Exeter City against Newport County in December 2016.

Victory for Brentford sees them climb to 14th, while Barnsley stay third from bottom.

Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The first 10-15 minutes were exactly what we all wanted to see and you could see how motivated the players were with that start.

"But Brentford grew into the game and battled every single position better than we did and in the second half, we didn't have a chance.

"There were too many mistakes in our game in possession but this is what happens when you don't win many games, you lose confidence.

"All I can is we're doing all we can to change the results, but we are also lacking in quality."

Brentford manager Thomas Frank:

"It was a top performance from Ollie (Watkins).

"I think the way he converted himself to a number nine from a number 10 is impressive, not only today but for the season. He's scored seven goals now.

"Today he was in the right position when we needed him. His hold-up play and continual pressing all the way through the game was impressive.

"We've been working very hard with him to arrive in the box in the right positions and he definitely did that three times today.

"I think he has all the qualities needed to play higher. That's why we're very pleased that he signed a four-year contract with us a month ago. Very clever!"

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 40Collins
  • 12CavaréSubstituted forThiamat 74'minutes
  • 6Andersen
  • 24Halme
  • 2Williams
  • 21Sibbick
  • 27Mowatt
  • 7Brown
  • 11ChaplinSubstituted forSchmidtat 63'minutes
  • 16ThomasSubstituted forWilksat 63'minutes
  • 9Woodrow

Substitutes

  • 13Walton
  • 15Green
  • 19Schmidt
  • 20Styles
  • 23Pinillos
  • 26Thiam
  • 36Wilks

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 18Jansson
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 3Henry
  • 8JensenSubstituted forDasilvaat 85'minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 7CanósSubstituted forPinnockat 79'minutes
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forKarelisat 88'minutes
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 5Pinnock
  • 9Karelis
  • 14Dasilva
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 20Clarke
  • 28Daniels
  • 31Zamburek
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
12,188

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 1, Brentford 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Brentford 3.

Offside, Barnsley. Jordan Williams tries a through ball, but Mallik Wilks is caught offside.

Offside, Brentford. Saïd Benrahma tries a through ball, but Josh Dasilva is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Nikolaos Karelis replaces Ollie Watkins.

Attempt missed. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josh Dasilva following a fast break.

Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Dasilva replaces Mathias Jensen because of an injury.

Offside, Barnsley. Mads Andersen tries a through ball, but Patrick Schmidt is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Toby Sibbick (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Ethan Pinnock replaces Sergi Canós.

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

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Barnsley).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Henrik Dalsgaard.

Attempt missed. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Mamadou Thiam replaces Dimitri Kevin Cavaré.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Henrik Dalsgaard.

Attempt missed. Patrick Schmidt (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Attempt blocked. Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Christian Nørgaard.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 1, Brentford 3. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergi Canós with a cross.

Sergi Canós (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Toby Sibbick (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Mallik Wilks replaces Luke Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Patrick Schmidt replaces Conor Chaplin.

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

Foul by Luke Thomas (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Sergi Canós (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma with a through ball following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Aapo Halme.

Attempt blocked. Mathias Jensen (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Nørgaard.

Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Mowatt following a set piece situation.

Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

Jacob Brown (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 29th September 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom95401710719
2Swansea9531136718
3Nottm Forest9531148618
4Leeds9522135817
5Preston95221710717
6Charlton9522128417
7Sheff Wed9513158716
8Bristol City94411612416
9QPR95131414016
10Fulham9432147715
11Blackburn94141010013
12Cardiff93421112-113
13Birmingham9414912-313
14Brentford932487111
15Derby92521113-211
16Hull92431313010
17Luton93151417-310
18Millwall9243712-510
19Middlesbrough9234913-49
20Reading92251012-28
21Wigan9225815-78
22Barnsley9126515-105
23Huddersfield9027818-102
24Stoke9027920-112
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