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Brentford 2-0 Millwall: Thomas Frank gets first win as Bees head coach

Sergi Canos
Sergi Canos (right) has now scored three goals in the Championship for Brentford this season

Goals from Sergi Canos and Ollie Watkins gave Thomas Frank his first Championship victory as Brentford head coach as they defeated Millwall in a tense London derby.

Neal Maupay played a fine pass through to Canos, who calmly slotted the ball past Ben Amos in the Millwall goal early in the second half.

With five minutes remaining, Watkins doubled the hosts' lead after a swift counter attack.

Going into the game the Bees were on an eight-match winless streak in the league, with new head coach Frank yet to pick up a point in his three games after replacing Dean Smith.

The away side had started the brighter and nearly opened the scoring after 26 minutes when Jake Cooper's glancing header from a Murray Wallace cross bounced narrowly wide of the far post.

Brentford also came close in the first half with Said Benrahma striking the crossbar from 25 yards.

Moments after Canos' opener, the hosts could have had a second as Benrahma's cross narrowly evaded Maupay, who was sliding in unmarked at the back post.

The Bees were deserved winners and again nearly doubled their lead sooner as Maupay hit the woodwork on 72 minutes.

The result meant Brentford rose into the safety of mid-table, while Millwall fell to 19th.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank:

"(The win) felt good, but not just for me, for all of us.

"In some of those games we maybe deserved more, but we didn't feel sorry for ourselves and we never lost out belief.

"Confidence makes that final pass a little bit easier and makes you want to run back 40 yards and we did that in this game. You could see the difference as soon as things started working for us."

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"We don't overthink this lack of an away win, but we have to have a bit of luck and we need to find that mentality of getting back to winning ways on the road.

"At this level, you have to work at it to make it happen and as a group I don't think it's a major issue that hard work won't resolve.

"For 45 minutes we showed we can defend very well on the ropes and be strong against good sides, but ultimately we paid the price because we gave two goals away."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 26Konsa
  • 6Mepham
  • 2Odubajo
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forDa Silvaat 88'minutes
  • 8Yennaris
  • 7CanosSubstituted forWatkinsat 73'minutes
  • 19SawyersBooked at 24mins
  • 21BenrahmaSubstituted forJudgeat 83'minutes
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 11Watkins
  • 14Da Silva
  • 18Judge
  • 20Clarke
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Barbet
  • 35Carroll

Millwall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Amos
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 25M WallaceSubstituted forBradshawat 79'minutes
  • 26SkalakSubstituted forJ Wallaceat 64'minutes
  • 28LeonardBooked at 32mins
  • 6Williams
  • 11Ferguson
  • 19ElliottSubstituted forMorisonat 58'minutes
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 1Archer
  • 3Meredith
  • 7J Wallace
  • 14Bradshaw
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 20Morison
  • 22O'Brien
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
9,476

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 2, Millwall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Millwall 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ollie Watkins with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

  6. Post update

    Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Josh Da Silva replaces Josh McEachran.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 2, Millwall 0. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neal Maupay following a fast break.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Said Benrahma.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Murray Wallace.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

  15. Post update

    Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Ollie Watkins replaces Sergi Canos.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Said Benrahma with a cross.