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Brentford 2-1 Rotherham United

Lee Carsley
Brentford boss Lee Carsley took charge after Marinus Dijkhuizen was sacked last month

Neil Redfearn's first game in charge of Rotherham United ended in defeat as Alan Judge's brace earned Lee Carsley his first win as Brentford boss.

Judge gave Brentford the lead with 67 seconds gone when he volleyed the ball past Lee Camp from long range.

Rotherham restored parity soon into the second half when Joe Mattock chested the ball before shooting from distance.

But the Bees took the lead again when Judge latched on to Jake Bidwell's cross and powered home a header.

Redfearn, who was appointed Rotherham manager last week, suffered a poor start as Judge found the net with barely a minute gone.

On the half-hour mark, the Bees could have doubled their advantage when Marco Djuricin fired Alan McCormack's cross wide.

The Millers fought back and broke away on the counter but some good defending from Harlee Dean stopped Matt Derbyshire from equalising.

John Swift had the best chance to double Brentford's lead when he ran clear of the Rotherham back line and cut back to Djuricin, but Camp saved his close-range effort.

Rotherham enjoyed a better start to the second half as Mattock superbly controlled the ball before levelling the scores within a minute of the restart.

Despite the best efforts of Camp, Judge notched his second of the afternoon, nodding the ball home to give Carsley his first win as Brentford head coach.

Brentford head coach Lee Carsley:

"The result was the main thing for us today. We started well and won the ball straight back from the kick off, but we started the second half poorly so we'll talk about that.

"We had a great reaction to the equaliser and to be honest over the 90 minutes. It would be easy to start to have doubts at 1-1 but we knuckled down, got on with it and got our reward for a lot of hard work this week.

"I'm delighted to have picked up my first win as coach but you don't have long to think about it because I was already thinking about the Wolves game as we walked off the pitch."

Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn:

"We looked fragile and unsure but I felt we did enough to get something from the game. We showed a lot of spirit but I was disappointed with the goals.

"I was pleased with the performance but we have to do more about the goals against and make ourselves harder to beat.

"We also need to be more clinical in front of goal but these are things that have been happening all season and I am still in the process of looking at the players. If some need help we may have to help them."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Button
  • 28Yennaris
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 12McCormackBooked at 73mins
  • 15Woods
  • 47CanosSubstituted forGogiaat 69'minutes
  • 19SwiftSubstituted forDiagouragaat 79'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 18Judge
  • 8DjuricinSubstituted forHofmannat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 21Vibe
  • 22O'Connell
  • 24Gogia

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 2Buxton
  • 20Rawson
  • 4Collins
  • 3MattockSubstituted forLedesmaat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7MaguireSubstituted forBoweryat 74'minutes
  • 11Green
  • 33SmallwoodBooked at 53mins
  • 14WhiteSubstituted forWardat 64'minutes
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 19Clarke-Harris

Substitutes

  • 5Broadfoot
  • 10Ledesma
  • 15Halford
  • 17Ward
  • 18Bowery
  • 21Collin
  • 24Andreu
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
10,293

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Rotherham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Rotherham United 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Nico Yennaris.

  4. Booking

    Emmanuel Ledesma (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Ledesma (Rotherham United).

  6. Post update

    Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Akaki Gogia.

  8. Post update

    Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

    Emmanuel Ledesma (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

  13. Post update

    Paul Green (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Emmanuel Ledesma.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Farrend Rawson (Rotherham United).

  18. Post update

    Philipp Hofmann (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Emmanuel Ledesma replaces Joe Mattock because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.