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Hull City 1-5 Brentford: Said Benrahma scores hat-trick as Bees win

By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport
Said Benrahma
Said Benrahma paid a personal tribute to his late father after his three goals

Said Benrahma's hat-trick helped Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford thrash Hull City in a game that saw calamitous goals scored at both ends of the pitch.

Hull, without star players Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki following deadline day moves, started well but found themselves behind when Benrahma cut inside and curled into the bottom corner.

It was a goal that completely changed the complexion of the game and the Bees, having taken control, doubled their lead when Hull defender Reece Burke glanced into his own net under no pressure as he attempted to head the ball clear.

The hosts then pulled one back in even more bizarre circumstances, as Ryan Tafazolli's aimless pass forward from the halfway line drifted towards Brentford goalkeeper David Raya but, instead of easily controlling it, he let the ball slip under his foot and into the net.

However, Ollie Watkins' downward header, from Rico Henry's superb cross on the half-volley, and two more slotted finishes from the impressive Benrahma ensured a comfortable Brentford win.

It capped an emotional afternoon for the Algeria forward, who after each goal pointed to the sky in tribute to his late father, who died last week.

The 24-year-old was arguably lucky to still be on the field at that point, though, after replays appeared to show he had caught Hull's Stephen Kingsley with a stray elbow in a coming together before half-time.

Victory kept Thomas Frank's side fifth in the table, but they are now just five points off the automatic promotion places after Leeds United were beaten at home by Wigan Athletic.

For much of the contest, Brentford were actually short of their free-flowing best yet were still worthy winners and not flattered by the eventual scoreline.

Hull, meanwhile, appeared to badly miss top scorer Bowen and playmaker Grosicki - although substitute Marcus Maddison did at least show flashes of what he can do following his arrival from Peterborough United on Friday.

The fifth and final Brentford goal, with five minutes remaining, prompted scores of Tigers supporters to pour out of the stadium, with many directing their frustrations towards owner Assem Allam.

Reece Burke
Burke's headed own goal, under no pressure whatsoever, put Brentford 2-0 up...
David Raya
Before Raya's inexplicable error eight minutes later gave Hull hope
Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins scored his 19th goal of the season to put Brentford 3-1 in front

Hull boss Grant McCann: "It just felt really flat, even when we arrived at the stadium.

"We didn't start the greatest and then got back into the game with a big bit of fortune.

"We started brightly in the second half but the game was gone once they scored a third goal.

"This is probably the first time this season we've been totally outclassed. We were masters of our own downfall, but Brentford were top class."

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank: "We all know it's very difficult when people lose a loved one. We gave him (Benrahma) all the time off that he needed to get his head in the right place.

"It was a very nice tribute for his father. He's had some emotional days but he said he wanted to play for his Dad and do the best he can.

"He was magnificent in his actions, his touches and of course scoring three goals. It was a fantastic performance from him.

"It was a very good performance - especially in the final third. We had great fluidity up front and I was very pleased with our structure and discipline."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Burke
  • 3Tafazolli
  • 23Kingsley
  • 37Da Silva Lopes
  • 36IrvineSubstituted forKaneat 67'minutes
  • 43WilksSubstituted forMaddisonat 58'minutes
  • 18Honeyman
  • 31Lewis-Potter
  • 27MagennisSubstituted forEavesat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Batty
  • 9Eaves
  • 11Maddison
  • 13Ingram
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 24Balogh
  • 41Kane

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3Henry
  • 8Jensen
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 14DasilvaSubstituted forMarcondesat 72'minutes
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forValencia Castilloat 72'minutes
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forDervisogluat 82'minutes
  • 10BenrahmaBooked at 13mins

Substitutes

  • 4Yearwood
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 17Marcondes
  • 21Dervisoglu
  • 28Daniels
  • 32Racic
  • 35Rasmussen
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
10,034

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home10
Away25
Shots on Target
Home2
Away12
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 1, Brentford 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Brentford 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Herbie Kane.

  6. Post update

    César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Kingsley (Hull City).

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Hull City 1, Brentford 5. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Halil Dervisoglu.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Halil Dervisoglu replaces Ollie Watkins.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Ryan Tafazolli tries a through ball, but George Honeyman is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by George Honeyman.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).

  17. Post update

    Herbie Kane (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. César Joel Valencia Castillo (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

  20. Post update

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