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Brentford 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn celebrate Shane Duffy's winner at Brentford
Blackburn survived playing more than 30 minutes with 10 men to win at Brentford

Brentford slumped to a seventh defeat in eight games as Shane Duffy gave 10-man Blackburn victory at Griffin Park.

Rovers claimed the points for a first away win in nine league games despite Grant Hanley's red card after nearly an hour for a second bookable offence.

Substitute Tony Watt teed up Duffy who fired into the roof of the net with only four minutes remaining.

Defeat for the Bees was their 10th in 13 games, and leaves them just six points off the bottom three in 18th.

Hanley's dismissal looked set to leave Blackburn still searching for an overdue win after he was booked for fouling Everton loanee Leandro Rodriguez in the first half and then shown a second yellow card for deliberately handling an Alan Judge cross in the 57th minute.

Brentford - on manager Dean Smith's birthday - failed to capitalise, though, as Alan McCormack sliced an effort wide and Yoann Barbet tested Jason Steele from a free-kick.

Judge saw an injury-time effort tipped wide by goalkeeper Steele after Duffy had broken the deadlock, before centre-back Harlee Dean headed wide in the closing seconds.

Rovers eased any fears of being dragged into the relegation dogfight as they moved up to 14th, three points above the Bees.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith: "I didn't think there was much in the game so to lose it like that so late on is hard to take.

"I wanted us to be hard to beat today and I thought we were for the most part. We didn't work the keeper enough and our decision making wasn't quite right when it mattered.

"We haven't got the number of wins we think we would have done (since January) but to blame the current situation on our transfer policy is wrong because we can't and won't overstretch ourselves.

"Blackburn are a big, strong and experienced side and in a different league budget-wise to us."

Blackburn boss Paul Lambert: "We are playing really well at the minute and should have more points on the board.

"I thought we deserved the win and looked pretty comfortable in the game. To cap it off late on with a world-class goal like that was fantastic.

"This is a consolidation season now but it will be a big summer. It is up to the club whether they want to go for it or keep doing this.

"I know from recent performances that we are a better side than where we currently sit in the league."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 28Yennaris
  • 6Dean
  • 29Barbet
  • 3Bidwell
  • 12McCormack
  • 10McEachranBooked at 78mins
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forCanosat 69'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 7SaundersSubstituted forVibeat 84'minutes
  • 20RodríguezSubstituted forHoganat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Colin
  • 9Hogan
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 21Vibe
  • 22O'Connell
  • 47Canos

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10Marshall
  • 22DuffyBooked at 87mins
  • 5HanleyBooked at 57mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 31Bennett
  • 26LenihanBooked at 90mins
  • 21AkpanBooked at 74mins
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forGrimesat 86'minutes
  • 14Gomez Garcia-PencheSubstituted forWardat 60'minutes
  • 12GrahamBooked at 63minsSubstituted forWattat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 8Watt
  • 9Brown
  • 15Ward
  • 16Grimes
  • 33Raya
  • 35Jackson
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
10,575

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Matt Grimes.

  5. Booking

    Tony Watt (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tony Watt (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jason Steele.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vibe.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

  12. Post update

    Elliott Ward (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Scott Hogan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sergi Canos with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Matt Grimes tries a through ball, but Tony Watt is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley382112561313075
2Brighton381914552351771
3Middlesbrough37217948232570
4Hull37199950232766
5Derby381713851351664
6Sheff Wed381614856362062
7Cardiff38151494941859
8Ipswich381610124644258
9Birmingham371511114135656
10Preston381314113635153
11QPR381215114743451
12Wolves381212144651-548
13Leeds371114123745-847
14Blackburn381113143736146
15Nottm Forest381113143436-246
16Huddersfield38129175253-145
17Reading371112144243-145
18Brentford37127184859-1143
19Bristol City381110174058-1843
20Rotherham38116214462-1839
21Fulham38814165764-738
22MK Dons38910193251-1937
23Charlton38711203469-3532
24Bolton38414203668-3226
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