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Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Brentford: Bradley Dack scores decisive goal

Bradley Dack
Bradley Dack has eight league goals for Blackburn this season

Bradley Dack's third goal in two games gave Blackburn a narrow win against Brentford.

Dack, who now has nine for the season, swept in Stewart Downing's first-time cross from the left to give Blackburn a third successive home win.

Brentford, looking to move into the Championship play-off places, were second best for much of the night but did hit the crossbar through Said Benrahma's whipped free-kick in the second half.

Danny Graham should have sent Rovers into the break two up but he headed over, again from a cross from the recalled Downing.

Brentford stepped up in the second half with Rovers midfielder Lewis Travis clearing off the line from Pontus Jansson's header and Christian Norgaard went close for the Bees with a curling effort that flashed across the goal.

Adam Armstrong almost sealed the match but Bees keeper David Raya tipped his rising drive over the bar.

Rovers move up to 13th, while Brentford remain eighth after failing to find the net on the road for the first time in four games.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We showed what a good side we can be. The first half particularly we were good with the ball. The goal epitomised that - a really good goal.

"It cut them open and Dack gets in the six-yard box. He is a brilliant player to have that desire to get into the box and score.

"Sometimes in a game, five or six play well and there are a few under par, but just about all of them were right up there with performance levels. And we needed to be against a really good side.

"I have a brilliant set of individuals who really care and really fight for each other and are desperate to do well, and I'm just pleased for them."

Brentford boss Thomas Frank told BBC Radio London:

"We started a bit slowly, they got their goal and we had to chase the game but we created enough chance have scored an equaliser at the least, especially in the second half.

"What we need to learn is when we perform well enough, we need to get a draw once in a while or nick a win. We're not far away. Another day we probably would have got something.

"Sometimes it's margins, in terms of hitting the post and it doesn't go in and sometimes it's maybe a bit of experience. Play the chances a bit cooler. Don't rush it.

"But we know the atmosphere in the Championship. It's a very quick game and physical. We're quite a young side and we're playing against very experienced players."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 2NyambeSubstituted forBennettat 78'minutes
  • 26Lenihan
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 19Downing
  • 27Travis
  • 29EvansBooked at 79mins
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forHoltbyat 83'minutes
  • 23DackBooked at 44mins
  • 8Rothwell
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forBreretonat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 20Brereton
  • 22Holtby
  • 31Bennett
  • 39Buckley

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3HenrySubstituted forRasmussenat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Jensen
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 12MokotjoSubstituted forDasilvaat 61'minutes
  • 31ZamburekSubstituted forMbeumoat 60'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 14Dasilva
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 34Oksanen
  • 35Rasmussen
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
11,401

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Brentford 0.

Foul by Josh Dasilva (Brentford).

Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford).

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Mads Roerslev Rasmussen (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Mads Roerslev Rasmussen (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Dasilva.

Foul by Saïd Benrahma (Brentford).

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Danny Graham.

Attempt blocked. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Josh Dasilva (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Dasilva.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Holtby replaces Adam Armstrong.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Mads Roerslev Rasmussen replaces Rico Henry.

Booking

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mathias Jensen (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Ryan Nyambe.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Rico Henry with a cross.

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

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

Attempt missed. Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

Attempt blocked. Mathias Jensen (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

Hand ball by Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford).

Foul by Josh Dasilva (Brentford).

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

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

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

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom18116135191639
2Leeds18114324101437
3Fulham1895429181132
4Nottm Forest1795324131132
5Preston189453122931
6Swansea188642318530
7Bristol City187832625129
8Brentford188372214827
9Hull187562923626
10Sheff Wed187562317626
11Cardiff186752625125
12Millwall186752224-225
13Blackburn187382426-224
14Derby186661924-524
15Birmingham187381823-524
16QPR187382736-924
17Charlton186572523223
18Reading175391922-318
19Huddersfield184682026-618
20Middlesbrough183871623-717
21Luton1852112533-817
22Wigan1844101628-1216
23Stoke1842121931-1214
24Barnsley1816111837-199
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