Half-time: Brentford 0 Rotherham 0

Brentford were fortunate to reach half-time without conceding after Rotherham missed a string of good chances at Griffin Park.

Matt Derbyshire and Richard Smallwood had their best opportunities, both put clean through but shooting straight at David Button, who returned to the Bees side in goal.

Brentford started poorly, with youngster Jack Barmby shooting straight at Button in the second minute and fellow debutant Adam Hamill also missing the target from distance.

And the Bees remained sloppy in possession throughout the half, with James Tarkowski’s superb last-ditch tackle needed to stop Derbyshire firing Rotherham ahead after Harlee Dean’s misplaced pass.

Andre Gray had the ball in the net for Brentford but it was ruled out for offside, while Stuart Dallas’s header towards goal was blocked by teammate Jonathan Douglas on the line.

Dallas and Douglas returned to the side as well as Alex Pritchard, who fired two shots wide just before the break, one of which was a free-kick.

Brentford (4-3-2-1): Button; Odubajo, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Douglas, Diagouraga; Jota, Pritchard, Dallas; Gray
Subs not used: Bonham, Craig, Saunders, Tébar, Toral, Smith, Yennaris

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