Struggling Bees beaten by 10-man Blackburn


Brentford 0 Blackburn 1

Shane Duffy scored a late winner for 10-man Blackburn and condemned struggling Brentford to fourth straight Championship defeat.

Duffy smashed home from inside the box on 86 minutes after Rovers centre-back Grant Hanley had been sent off for a second bookable offence midway through the second half.

The hosts struggled to create chances even with the extra man, and Alan Judge went closest at the death with a curling effort that was pushed wide by Rovers keeper Jason Steele.

Brentford in fact managed only three shots on target in the entire game. Two were in the first half – defender Yoann Barbet’s free-kick and another Judge effort from distance.

Hope Akpan went closest for the visitors before half-time when his near-post header was tipped over the bar by David Button.

Judge and Alan McCormack saw further efforts miss the target by some distance before Hanley was sent off on 56 minutes after blocking a Judge cross with his arm.

Brentford striker Scott Hogan came off the bench to make his first appearance since August 2014 after 19 months out injured, replacing on-loan Everton forward Leandro Rodriguez.

But the Bees could not break Rovers down and were punished at the other end with four minutes left when substitute Tony Watt set up Duffy.

Brentford (4-2-3-1): Button; Yennaris, Barbet, Dean, Bidwell; McCormack, McEachran; Woods (Canos 69), Judge, Saunders (Vibe 84); Rodriguez (Hogan 74)
Subs not used: Bonham, Colin, Hogan, Kerschbaumer, Vibe, O’Connell.