Brentford 5-2 Blackburn Rovers, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


Brentford 3-4-3



Blackburn Rovers 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 1 - 2 Griffin Park ( Attendance: 9,972 (1,435) )
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Brentford overcame a two-goal deficit to thrash Blackburn 5-2 in a thrilling Championship encounter at Griffin Park.

Despite being behind at the interval, the Bees scored four second half-goals in a 45 minutes showcasing remarkable attacking quality.

The visitors raced into a two-goal lead within seven minutes; Bradley Dack’s first-time finish (2) followed Danny Graham’s towering header.

But Said Benrahma finished an incisive counter-attack led by Neal Maupay to half the deficit before seeing his dipping free-kick tipped onto the crossbar.

Ollie Watkins levelled the scores in the 58th minute with a deflected strike before then putting the Bees ahead on 72 as he rose above Rovers keeper David Raya to head home.

Neal Maupay’s cool finish then made it 4-2 before substitute Sergi Canos stroked a fifth goal past Raya in the final moments to cap off a magnificent comeback.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

A well worked free-kick just before the hour mark for Watkins’ equaliser gave Brentford all the momentum.

Moan of the Match

Blackburn were unable to capitalise on such a terrific start to the game and invited The Bees onto them rather than killing the contest.

Talking Point

Brentford’s scintillating attacking prowess – they were frightening going forward with the front three interchanging brilliantly.

Man of the Match

Said Benrahma – Displayed tremendous quality and trickery on the ball, finished a devastating counter attack and bagged two assists.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Andy Davies (Hampshire) – Struggled to ease flaring tempers at times but was correct more often than not in his decision-making.


The home faithful created a buzz throughout and you could feel a mixture of tension and adrenaline as the match wore on.


Brentford were a joy to watch, encapsulating a fine team spirit and belief to win the game.

Line Ups

Brentford 3-4-3

Bentley; Konsa, Janvier, Barbet; Dalsgaard, Sawyers, Mokotjo (McEachran, 84), Henry (Odubajo, 46); Watkins, Maupay, Benrahma (Canos, 79)

Subs not used:

Daniels, Da Silva, Ogbene, Bech Sorensen



Blackburn Rovers 4-2-3-1

Raya; Bennett, Lenihan, Rodwell, Bell; Reed, Travis; Evans (Brereton, 61), Armstrong, Dack (Conway, 51); Graham (Nuttall, 51)

Subs not used:

Luetwiler, Williams, Smallwood, Rothwell



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