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Rovers strike late to hold Brentford

Published on: 05 December 2020

Brentford Community Stadium hosted fans for the first time as 2,000 Bees supporters were allowed in

Jacob Davenport rescued a point for 10-man Blackburn Rovers against Brentford in the first match played in front of fans at the Community Stadium.

Joe Rothwell put Rovers in front with a super solo effort, running past three reluctant challenges before lashing a shot into the corner from 18 yards.

A straight red card for Blackburn skipper Darragh Lenihan after bringing down Ivan Toney looked harsh, but the in-form striker took full advantage, firing the penalty into the bottom corner to level.

Sergi Canos' own moment of magic put the Bees ahead, dancing past three challenges before lashing a shot into the far top corner, but Davenport poked home a late equaliser after the hosts failed to clear.

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It was a poignant day for the Bees as they welcomed fans into the Brentford Community Stadium for the first time since its September opening, but it was Rovers who started the better, and Rothwell hit a low drive inches wide in the opening minute before beating David Raya in style.

However, Lenihan's dismissal and the resultant spot-kick drew the hosts level although they could not exploit their man advantage, with neither side managing a second attempt on target before the break.

Much of the build-up centred on the match-up between the Championship's top scorers Adam Armstrong and Toney who had racked up 27 goals between them prior to kick-off, but aside from Toney's clinical penalty both had a quiet afternoon.

The hosts predictably dominated possession after the interval, with Emiliano Marcondes firing a 25-yard effort a yard past the post, before Canos' super strike looked to have wrapped up a fourth straight win for Thomas Frank's in-form side.

Curling efforts from Josh Dasilva and substitute Bryan Mbeumo flashed just wide as Bees looked to seal victory, bit their failure to add to the lead cost them when when Davenport's late intervention extended Blackburn's unbeaten run to seven matches.

Brentford are now unbeaten in nine and remained in sixth place, while Rovers, who have scored 31 times in 16 league matches, stayed in ninth.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


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    2Thompson9Marcondes19Mbeumo20Ghoddos24Fosu-Henry28Daniels29Bech Sørensen34Pressley36Stevens


    1KaminskiBooked at 90mins2Nyambe26LenihanBooked at 36mins28WhartonSubstituted forAyalaat 16'minutes15DouglasBooked at 10minsSubstituted forBellat 45'minutes8RothwellBooked at 49minsSubstituted forDavenportat 64'minutes4JohnsonBooked at 57mins19TrybullSubstituted forBuckleyat 39'minutes9Gallagher7ArmstrongSubstituted forDolanat 63'minutes16Elliott



Referee:Oliver LangfordAttendance:2,000Match StatsHome TeamBrentfordAway TeamBlackburnPossessionHome67%Away33%ShotsHome16Away7Shots on TargetHome3Away2CornersHome4Away2FoulsHome11Away8Live TextPost update

Match ends, Brentford 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

90'+6'Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

90'+5'Post update

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

90'+5'Post update

Attempt blocked. Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Thompson.


Thomas Kaminski (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

90'+1'Post update

Attempt saved. Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.


Goal! Brentford 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Jacob Davenport (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyrhys Dolan with a headed pass.

85'Post update

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tariqe Fosu-Henry.

84'Post update

Foul by Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford).

84'Post update

Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82'Post update

Foul by Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford).

82'Post update

John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, Brentford. Saman Ghoddos replaces Josh Dasilva.


Substitution, Brentford. Dominic Thompson replaces Rico Henry.

81'Post update

Foul by Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford).

81'Post update

Daniel Ayala (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77'Post update

Attempt missed. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.


Substitution, Brentford. Tariqe Fosu-Henry replaces Sergi Canós.

76'Post update

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

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