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Brentford 2-2 Blackburn Rovers: Jacob Davenport's late equaliser denies Bees

Jacob Davenport
Jacob Davenport's goal was his first league goal of the season

Jacob Davenport rescued a point for 10-man Blackburn Rovers against Brentford in the first match played in front of fans at the Community Stadium.

Joe Rothwell put Rovers in front with a super solo effort, running past three reluctant challenges before lashing a shot into the corner from 18 yards.

A straight red card for Blackburn skipper Darragh Lenihan after bringing down Ivan Toney looked harsh, but the in-form striker took full advantage, firing the penalty into the bottom corner to level.

Sergi Canos' own moment of magic put the Bees ahead, dancing past three challenges before lashing a shot into the far top corner, but Davenport poked home a late equaliser after the hosts failed to clear.

It was a poignant day for the Bees as they welcomed fans into the Brentford Community Stadium for the first time since its September opening, but it was Rovers who started the better, and Rothwell hit a low drive inches wide in the opening minute before beating David Raya in style.

Brentford fans
Brentford Community Stadium hosted fans for the first time as 2,000 Bees supporters were allowed in

However, Lenihan's dismissal and the resultant spot-kick drew the hosts level although they could not exploit their man advantage, with neither side managing a second attempt on target before the break.

Much of the build-up centred on the match-up between the Championship's top scorers Adam Armstrong and Toney who had racked up 27 goals between them prior to kick-off, but aside from Toney's clinical penalty both had a quiet afternoon.

The hosts predictably dominated possession after the interval, with Emiliano Marcondes firing a 25-yard effort a yard past the post, before Canos' super strike looked to have wrapped up a fourth straight win for Thomas Frank's in-form side.

Curling efforts from Josh Dasilva and substitute Bryan Mbeumo flashed just wide as Bees looked to seal victory, bit their failure to add to the lead cost them when when Davenport's late intervention extended Blackburn's unbeaten run to seven matches.

Brentford are now unbeaten in nine and remained in sixth place, while Rovers, who have scored 31 times in 16 league matches, stayed in ninth.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told BBC Radio London:

"I think the fans were fantastic, they made it very noisy and they did everything they could.

"I'm just so disappointed that we couldn't give them the win they deserved and I that I also think we deserved.

"We can't really complain, when we're playing 11 against 10 we can only blame ourselves."

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I sit here every week with you and talk about officials. I find it really difficult, because having been in the game since leaving school 40 years ago you know football and it's just realty sad sometimes when they guys in the middle don't seem to know it well enough.

"We were frustrated I think, I'm not sure whether that's a sending off, he just seemed to spoil the game really, in the context of the game I think it was a good contest and you can understand if someone's going through and he gets dragged back or it's a really poor tackle, but it looked to me as if it's two guys going for the ball, both putting arms across each other, his guy goes down and he sends him off.

"I think it's a really, really poor decision and obviously it had a massive impact on the game, because from being pretty dominant for long, long spells in that first 36 minutes we had to change tack and we sit here happy enough that we take a point from that."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3HenrySubstituted forThompsonat 81'minutes
  • 8Jensen
  • 27JaneltBooked at 31minsSubstituted forMarcondesat 45'minutes
  • 14DasilvaSubstituted forGhoddosat 81'minutes
  • 7CanósSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 77'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 17Toney
  • 15ForssBooked at 5minsSubstituted forMbeumoat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thompson
  • 9Marcondes
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 20Ghoddos
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 34Pressley
  • 36Stevens

Blackburn

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1KaminskiBooked at 90mins
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26LenihanBooked at 36mins
  • 28WhartonSubstituted forAyalaat 16'minutes
  • 15DouglasBooked at 10minsSubstituted forBellat 45'minutes
  • 8RothwellBooked at 49minsSubstituted forDavenportat 64'minutes
  • 4JohnsonBooked at 57mins
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forBuckleyat 38'minutes
  • 9Gallagher
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forDolanat 63'minutes
  • 16Elliott

Substitutes

  • 5Ayala
  • 6Downing
  • 10Holtby
  • 11Chapman
  • 13Pears
  • 17Bell
  • 18Davenport
  • 21Buckley
  • 39Dolan
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
2,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

  4. Booking

    Thomas Kaminski (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Jacob Davenport (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyrhys Dolan with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tariqe Fosu-Henry.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford).

  9. Post update

    Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Booking

    Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford).

  12. Post update

    John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Saman Ghoddos replaces Josh Dasilva.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Dominic Thompson replaces Rico Henry.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford).

  16. Post update

    Daniel Ayala (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Tariqe Fosu-Henry replaces Sergi Canós.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Toney.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes.