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Brentford 2-2 Blackburn: Bees fight back to salvage point in Championship

Said Benrahma (right) celebrates his goal for Brentford
Brentford forward Said Benrahma (right) netted his 10th goal of the season from the penalty spot to make it 2-2

Promotion-chasing Brentford fought back from 2-0 down to draw against Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

Adam Armstrong put play-off hopefuls Rovers ahead early on and doubled his side's lead from the penalty spot soon after the break after Bees keeper David Raya had brought down John Buckley.

Ollie Watkins scored a stunning half-volley to pull a goal back for the hosts, and Said Benrahma's spot-kick levelled proceedings at Griffin Park after Mads Roerslev was fouled.

Raya denied Armstrong a hat-trick from a one-on-one situation before Rovers keeper Christian Walton made stops from Bryan Mbeumo and Benrahma as both sides were forced to settle for a point.

Brentford missed the chance to move above third-placed Fulham, while Blackburn would have moved into the top six ahead of the 15:00 GMT kick-offs if they had held on to take all three points in west London.

The Bees started the brighter side but were undone in the 11th minute as Ethan Pinnock misjudged the flight of a long ball forward from Walton, allowing Armstrong in behind the defence to take a touch and calmly lift the ball over Raya.

The Blackburn striker slotted into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 2-0 nine minutes into the second half, after referee Tom Robinson penalised Raya for clattering into Buckley as the Spaniard attempted to regather the ball, having saved from Armstrong.

Brentford, playing their final campaign at Griffin Park before moving to a new stadium this summer, were stirred into action and Watkins brought them back into the game with his 21st goal of the season when he chested down Henrik Dalsgaard's long ball forward and smashed a fierce shot into the net from 20 yards.

And the Bees levelled after another soft penalty award, with Roerslev going to ground as he looked to wriggle past Amari'i Bell and Bradley Johnson in the Rovers box.

Benrahma showed composure to roll the ball home to draw the Bees level with 19 minutes left, and the Algerian was denied by the foot of Walton with three minutes remaining as Thomas Frank's side pushed for a winner which they were ultimately denied.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank said:

"I'm annoyed we didn't win but immensely proud of the boys for their attitude, the way they stayed together, kept going and worked hard to the end.

"In the end Blackburn looked so tired and that is a huge credit to our team. We have big togetherness even after going behind in the first half when we really should have been in front.

"Not everything was perfect but we produced enough chances to get a goal. Then after conceding a very debatable penalty for their second goal we were relentless, got closer to them and got our reward."

Blackburn Rovers head coach Tony Mowbray said:

"For the majority of the game we managed them pretty well and we know what talented individuals they've got and how they can build pressure.

"We got to the point where the crowd were about to turn on them after a few misplaced passes and then a bit of magic from their centre forward changes things.

"We have frustration about their penalty - it looked ridiculously soft to me. That said, they are a very good football team, well coached and a well-run club but for long spells we were on top, so we leave frustrated and disappointed."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 23JeanvierSubstituted forRasmussenat 54'minutes
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3HenrySubstituted forDervisogluat 84'minutes
  • 17MarcondesSubstituted forBaptisteat 60'minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 14Dasilva
  • 19MbeumoBooked at 80mins
  • 11Watkins
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 21Dervisoglu
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 26Baptiste
  • 28Daniels
  • 34Oksanen
  • 35Rasmussen

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 39BuckleySubstituted forGallagherat 65'minutes
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 17Bell
  • 27Travis
  • 19Downing
  • 4Johnson
  • 12SamuelSubstituted forBennettat 73'minutes
  • 7Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 9Gallagher
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 18Davenport
  • 20Brereton
  • 31Bennett
  • 41Carter
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
12,082

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home20
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Sam Gallagher tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ollie Watkins.

Foul by Mads Roerslev Rasmussen (Brentford).

Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Halil Dervisoglu (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Halil Dervisoglu replaces Rico Henry.

Booking

Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford).

Christian Walton (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing following a set piece situation.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Shandon Baptiste (Brentford).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shandon Baptiste.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Dominic Samuel.

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Brentford. Mads Roerslev Rasmussen draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bryan Mbeumo.

Attempt missed. Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Dasilva with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lewis Travis.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Sam Gallagher replaces John Buckley.

Attempt missed. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Mads Roerslev Rasmussen.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Ryan Nyambe tries a through ball, but Dominic Samuel is caught offside.

Foul by Shandon Baptiste (Brentford).

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds34188849301962
3Fulham34169948371157
4Brentford341681056292756
5Nottm Forest341511845331256
6Preston341681049381156
7Bristol City34158114849-153
8Blackburn341491150401051
9Swansea34131294442251
10Cardiff34121484847150
11Millwall34121394039149
12Sheff Wed34129134441345
13Derby341112114246-445
14Birmingham34129134552-745
15QPR34127155158-743
16Reading34119144138342
17Hull34118154853-541
18Charlton34109154448-439
19Stoke34114194353-1037
20Middlesbrough34813133444-1037
21Huddersfield3499163955-1636
22Wigan34810163450-1634
23Barnsley34710174158-1731
24Luton3493224069-2930
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