Despite hitting the bar twice and forcing the Brentford ‘keeper to make an excellent save, Rotherham United got exactly what they deserved out of their game with the Bees. Brentford were the brighter of the two sides an in truth had full control of the midfield, which was painfully obvious throughout the entire match. They came with a plan, executed it brilliantly and left with points. A highly polished away performance from the visitors. 

The Bees opened the scoring on the stroke of half time. The ball fell kindly to Andre Gray who charged into the box, picked his spot and finished magnificently. Rotherham peppered the Brentford goal in the second half, but you struggled to see where a goal was going to come from. Like for like replacements didn’t really help the cause and Brentford duly wrapped up the points in injury time. Substitute Jon Toral picked out fellow sub Nick Proschwitz who couldn’t miss with the goal gaping.

Rotherham United

Adam Colin: Didn’t have much to except pick the ball out of his net twice. Not really much he could have done about both goals. 6.5
Kirk Broadfoot: Did quite well considering he’s out of position. Unlucky not to score with a header in the first half. 6.5
Richard Wood: Looked fairly solid and assured. 6.5
Kari Arnason: A very accomplished performance from Arnason who has been outstanding since moving up to the Championship. 7.0
Joe Skarz: Rarely has a bad game and it was the case again on Saturday. 6.5
Ben Pringle: Struggled to make any impact on the right, did much better when moved to the left where he didn’t have to cut inside so often. 6.0
Richard Smallwood: Did his job in the middle by breaking up play and getting moves going with some good cross-field passes. 6.5
Lee Frecklington: Went missing a little bit in the middle before he was taken off at half time.One of his poorer games for the club. 6.0
Paul Taylor: Looked the most likely to make an impact with his direct running and trickery. Was desperatley unlucky not to score in the first half. 7.0
Matt Derbyshire: Missed chances that he should be scoring, apart from that made very little impact. 5.0
Alex Revell: Always puts a shift in but won little in the air. 6.0

Substitutions

Febian Brandy: Looked like he could make something happen when he first came on but it never materialised. 6.0
Jordan Bowery: Made very little if any impact on the game, at the time him for Revell was just a like for like replacement. 5.0
Anthony Wordsworth: Same goes with Wordsworth, didn’t offer anything different to Frecklington. 6.0

Brentford

David Button: Made a couple of vital saves for his side, distribution could have been a lot better but overalla solid display. 7.0
Alan McCormack: Very solid and assured performance. 6.5
Harlee Dean: Won everything in the air, and definitely an assured presence at the back, he was like arock. 8.0
James Tarkowski: Like Dean, very solid all afternoon. 8.0
Jake Bidwell: Another assured performance to complete a good day’s work for the Brentford backline. 6.5
Johnathan Douglas: Did his job very well by breaking up play and getting moves going. 7.0
Stuart Dallas: Largely quiet but still caused the defence some problems. 6.5
Alan Judge:  Looked a constant danger throughout the game. Very direct with his running andcan also see a pass. 6.5
Peleteiro Ramallo:  Very tricky winger, caused problems down the flank. 7.0
Alex Pritchard:  An accomplished performance from Prithchard as expected. Did a great job linking theplay to Andre Gray. 7.5
Andre Gray: His running in behind caused the Rotherham defence all sorts of problems and they couldn’treally deal with is pace. Took his goal superbly. 8.5

Substitutions

Scott Hogan: Suffered a nasty looking injury almost immediately after coming on. Wish him a quickrecovery. N/A
Nick Proschwitz: Took his goal very well and held up the ball in the final stages. 7.0
Jon Toral:  Very good cross for the decisive second goal. His energy was tough to deal with for tiring defenders also. 7.0

Man of the Match: Andre Gray

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His pace and ability to run in behind was a problem all afternoon. Very, very well taken goal which he finished like an experienced Championship striker. Could be a real find for Brentford this season.  8.5


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