11 July 2020 18:32
Said Benrahma scored twice for Brentford. Brentford guaranteed at least a place in the play-offs and stayed in the hunt for automatic promotion with a 3-1 win at Derby, who suffered a blow to their top six hopes. Ollie Watkins scored his 24th goal of the season to give Brentford an early lead but Derby hit back strongly to level through Jason Knight, only for a Ben Hamer howler to change the game. The Derby goalkeeper should have saved Said Benrahma's low drive early in the second half but allowed it to go under him and the winger sealed victory with his second in the 64th minute – a sublime shot from the edge of the box. Derby kept going but the defeat leaves them three points off sixth spot while Brentford move to within two points of second place, courtesy of their seventh win in a row.
Both teams needed the points to keep their ambitions alive and Brentford made a great start with a goal in the third minute. Derby were opened up on the left and after Bryan Mbeumo's shot came back off a post, Watkins tapped in the rebound. Brentford went close again in the 11th minute when Mbeumo had a shot blocked by Matt Clarke while Derby responded by forcing a corner which broke to Max Bird on the edge of the area but he fired wide. Derby threatened in the 20th minute when Louie Sibley burst forward and Chris Martin hit a 25-yard shot which David Raya parried before holding onto. The momentum had swung towards the home side and Derby equalised in the 29th minute when Wayne Rooney slipped the ball in to Knight who shot across Raya and inside his right post.
Brentford had lost some of their poise and Derby broke quickly in the 36th minute, with Sibley firing an angled shot over. Benrahma had a shot easily saved in first-half stoppage time but Derby had come back into the game well after Brentford's fast opening. But Brentford began the second period with another incisive move that saw them regain the lead in the 49th minute with, Hamer at fault. The ball was worked across to Benrahma who shot from just inside the box and it squeezed under Hamer and over the line. Hamer was beaten again in the 64th minute but this time he could do nothing as Benrahma went past two defenders on the edge of the box before curling a right-foot shot into the top corner. Derby had to reply quickly and Knight had another chance in the 71st minute when Martin played him in but this time his shot was straight at Raya. Both teams had penalty claims dismissed as the game moved into the closing stages but after that Hamer error, it had been comfortable for Brentford. Never miss a thing on the Whites' promotion push - sign up for free email updates Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Brentford's relentless post-lockdown form has continued after they registered a sixth straight win since the restart to maintain the pressure on Leeds United and West Brom in the automatic promotion plaves. The Bees made a dream start when Ollie Watkins was on hand to slot in the rebound after Bryan Mbeumo's shot hit the base of the post after just three minutes. But the hosts would soon grow into the match and found themselves level on 29 minutes when Wayne Rooney squared the ball to Jason Knight who beat Bees goalkeeper David Raya. Brentford would start the second half as they started the first though, with Said Benrahma's 49th minute shot squirming under Rams stopper Ben Hamer. The Algerian scored a superb second on 64 minutes when he came inside from the left-hand side and fired a long-range curling shot past Hamer to seal the points. The win sees Frank's side move within a point of West Brom and three of Leeds, ahead of the top two's matches against Blackburn and Swansea respectively this weekend. Here's how Leeds fans reacted to the result at Pride Park... West Brom are in action at 3pm on Saturday when they visit Blackburn Rovers, while Leeds go to Swansea on Sunday.