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Brentford 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Brentford goal celebration
Gray got Brentford's second goal, his eighth in the league this season

Brentford returned to winning ways as Andre Gray scored his ninth goal of the season to help defeat Blackburn.

The 23-year-old fired across Jason Steele to score between goals from Jonathan Douglas and Jota.

Douglas' 15th minute tap-in was cancelled out by Blackburn's Rudy Gestede, whose acrobatic volley found the back of the net via a deflection.

Bu the hosts took all three points as Jota slotted past Steele just after Ben Marshall had rattled a Brentford post.

It was the home side's sixth victory in seven matches and further cemented their place in the play-off places.

Blackburn, meanwhile, have drifted further away from the top six following consecutive defeats.

Former Rovers youth player Douglas got the hosts off to the perfect start after he stuck out a foot to divert full-back Jake Bidwell's shot on target.

Gestede, who has now scored seven goals in his last eight matches, equalised on the stroke of half-time.

But, 10 minutes into the second-half, Gray restored Brentford's lead as he controlled a cross from Jota on his chest before spinning from the defender and scoring.

The defining moment came after the hour mark as Blackburn spurned a chance to equalise for a second time and Jota latched on to a mis-placed pass in midfield, glided past the missing Rovers defence and netted to ensure victory.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton: "He (Gray) loves scoring goals and that is a big part of the character of a centre-forward. He genuinely enjoys it. He was a handful, he gave their two centre-halves a torrid afternoon.

"Everyone has a price. The owner will decide the price. That's life, and we would replace him. But right now this is a good place. I think anyone would think long and hard before leaving here."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "Obviously it's a major disappointment, we came here to try to win the game.

"We got ourselves back in it before half-time, we started the second half well, but the manner of the goals have been soft again from our point of view.

"But we didn't stop and when we hit the post at 2-1 it was a huge moment in the game."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6Dean
  • 5Craig
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 23JotaSubstituted forDallasat 76'minutes
  • 20DiagouragaBooked at 78mins
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forSmithat 87'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19GraySubstituted forProschwitzat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 15Dallas
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 24Smith
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 39Proschwitz

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 15BaptisteBooked at 39minsSubstituted forLoweat 78'minutes
  • 5Hanley
  • 22Duffy
  • 14Olsson
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forDunnat 67'minutes
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 66minsSubstituted forRhodesat 67'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 12Marshall
  • 25Tunnicliffe
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 6Lowe
  • 8Dunn
  • 11Rhodes
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 20Songo'o
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
11,848

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Brentford).

  6. Post update

    Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Nick Proschwitz replaces Andre Gray.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Alex Pritchard.

  9. Post update

    Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Dallas (Brentford).

  14. Post update

    Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Lowe replaces Alex Baptiste.

  16. Booking

    Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

  18. Post update

    Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Jota.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth21116444242039
2Middlesbrough21116435152039
3Derby21115538211738
4Ipswich21108332201238
5Brentford2111463427737
6Watford21105638231535
7Norwich2196635241133
8Blackburn218763231131
9Nottm Forest217953126530
10Charlton2161232322130
11Cardiff218672727030
12Wolves218672431-730
13Sheff Wed2161051617-128
14Fulham2174103139-825
15Birmingham216782332-925
16Reading2174102636-1025
17Huddersfield216692738-1124
18Bolton2165102228-623
19Leeds2165102431-723
20Millwall215882331-823
21Rotherham214981626-1021
22Brighton213992129-818
23Wigan2138102128-717
24Blackpool2127121633-1713
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