Brentford 3-0 QPR, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 0 Griffin Park ( Attendance: 11,771 (1,630) )
Brentford strolled past Queens Park Rangers 3-0 on derby day to extend their home record to five straight league victories.
After a scrappy opening 45 minutes, Neal Maupay’s early second-half penalty opened the floodgates for the Bees before Said Benrahma and Sergi Canos sealed a straightforward win.
Brentford were much quicker in possession in a low-key first half which saw Benrahma chip wide as neither side showed any sort of clinical edge.
However Maupay ignited the game from the spot three minutes after the break when Grant Hall was adjudged to have pushed Ollie Watkins.
The Hoops struggled to find any form of rhythm with Maupay then turning provider by rounding QPR keeper Joe Lumley before unselfishly squaring for Benrahma to make it 2-0 (71).
And as the game petered out for a comfortable home win, Sergi Canos’ deflected effort nestled into the top corner to leave the Hoops with their eighth defeat in nine games.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
The penalty decision at the start of the second period gave Brentford increased vigour and put the R’s on the back foot.
Moan of the Match
In a derby it was disappointing to see such a scrappy first-half with neither side having any sort of prolonged possession.
Steve McClaren’s gameplan is a channel operated system, but does it create enough chances or is there too much of a reliance on individual quality?
Man of the Match
Yoann Barbet – with some scrappy mistakes all over the park he remained solid from the first minute, helping the Bees to a clean sheet as well as producing a vital interception with ten minutes to go.
Tweet of the Match
Keith Stroud (Bournemouth) – Kind on the challenges, keeping his cards tucked away which did lead to a few unnecessary clatterings and his inconsistency did show.
After a solemn 45 minutes, it was a relief to hear Griffin Park spring into life in the second period, but it certainly didn’t have any classic derby feel.
The Bees were too strong for QPR, who didn’t muster a single shot on target until the 91st minute.
Bentley; Konsa, Jeanvier, Barbet; Dalsgaard, Mokotjo, Sawyers, Odubajo; Watkins (Marcondes, 81), Maupay, Benrahma (Canos, 82)
Subs not used:
Gunnarsson, McEachran, Da Silva, Ogbene, Sorensen
Lumley; Furlong, Leistner, Hall, Bidwell; Wszolek (Smith, 77), Cousins, Luongo, Freeman; Eze (Osayi-Samuel, 63); Wells (Hemed, 73)
Subs not used:
Ingram, Scowen, Manning, Lynch