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Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Brentford

Andre Gray
Brentford forward Andre Gray has scored two goals against Blackburn this season

Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford twice came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers in a pulsating encounter at Ewood Park.

Rudy Gestede's 16th goal of the season gave the hosts a fifth-minute lead but Chris Long's deflected effort levelled the scores just before the break.

Chris Taylor's first league strike gave Rovers a half-time advantage but goals from Jota and Andre Gray after the break handed the Bees all three points.

Brentford remain in sixth place.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer paired Jordan Rhodes and Gestede up front for the first time since their most recent defeat at Norwich six games ago, and his decision soon paid off.

A quick Ben Marshall free-kick caught the visitors off-guard, allowing Gestede to volley into the top corner.

Former Blackburn trainee Alan Judge rattled a free-kick against Rovers' bar before on-loan Everton striker Long saw his shot deflect off Matt Kilgallon and in to level the contest.

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Warburton on Blackburn v Brentford

Blackburn retook the lead four minutes into first-half injury time through Taylor's first league strike.

Brentford equalised for a second time - and in spectacular fashion - on 52 minutes, Jota allowed space to run 60 yards before slotting past Jason Steele from the edge of the area.

And with six minutes remaining Gray was on hand to tap in the winner after Steele could only parry Jota's initial effort.

Rovers are now 11 points off the play-off places with eight league games remaining, while Brentford, who occupy that last play-off berth, are seven points away from the automatic promotion berths.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"It is massively frustrating. To score two goals and not get anything out of the game is hugely disappointing.

"The lads showed a tremendous effort bearing in mind we are down to bare bones, but they dug deep and had a right good go.

"If you look at the goals we've conceded they are three poor goals, it is as simple as that. The nature of all three goals are poor, they are all preventable."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton:

"We made individual errors in the first half and we were frustrated and angry at half-time.

"But I thought it was a fantastic response, and in the second half we looked strong. We were worthy winners in the end.

"We knew had we lost today Blackburn would have been very, very tight to us.

"You saw tonight late goals, equalisers, people dropping points and that will carry on week in, week out."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 2Henley
  • 15Baptiste
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 3Spurr
  • 19Taylor
  • 29Evans
  • 10Cairney
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forSpearingat 58'minutes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forBrownat 74'minutes
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 9Brown
  • 13Eastwood
  • 17Williamson
  • 20Songo'o
  • 25Spearing
  • 26Lenihan
  • 31Mahoney

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6DeanBooked at 47mins
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 23Jota
  • 18JudgeBooked at 35minsSubstituted forDiagouragaat 64'minutes
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forToralat 77'minutes
  • 15Dallas
  • 31LongSubstituted forGrayat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 19Gray
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 24Smith
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
13,382

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Brentford 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Brentford 3.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tom Cairney.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Brentford 3. Andre Gray (Brentford) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jay Spearing tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Henley tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Alex Pritchard.

Foul by Jota (Brentford).

Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown replaces Rudy Gestede.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Andre Gray replaces Chris Long.

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Toumani Diagouraga replaces Alan Judge.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Henley with a cross.

Offside, Brentford. Jonathan Douglas tries a through ball, but Alex Pritchard is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jay Spearing replaces Ben Marshall.

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Brentford. Alex Pritchard tries a through ball, but Chris Long is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Brentford 2. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moses Odubajo following a fast break.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Attempt blocked. Chris Long (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

goal

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8Wolves381711105445962
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17Huddersfield381111164865-1744
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19Brighton38915144246-442
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