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PREVIEW | Millers v Bees

16 January 2019

Brentford is the next team to travel to the ASSEAL New York Stadium to face Paul Warne’s Rotherham United. Here we take a look at who the Millers will be facing in our opposition analysis…

In the Dugout

Thomas Frank will be the man in the dugout for Brentford on Saturday. The 45-year old Danish international began as a youth coach in 1995, starting at Frederiksværk BK. Frank was a youth coach for 18 years, coaching Hvidovre IF, B93 and Lyngby before taking Denmark U16 side in 2008. He managed Denmark at U17 and U19 level before joining Brøndby IF in 2013. He joined Brentford as an assistant in 2016, before stepping up to become permanent boss in October 2018 following Dean Smith’s departure to Aston Villa.

Stats

Brentford sit in 17th in the Sky Bet Championship. They have the third top scorer of the league in their ranks with Neal Maupay. The French striker has scored 15 goals for Brentford this season and is monitored by Premier League clubs. The Bees are unbeaten in their last five league appearances, winning twice and drawing three. In their last fixture, they won 3-1 at home against Stoke City. After Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross scored an own goal to open the scoring, further strikes from Said Benrahma and Rico Henry sealed all three points for the Bees, despite Benik Afobe scoring for Stoke.

Previous Meetings

This is the 64th meeting between these sides, with the first meeting being in the FA Cup in January 1948. Rotherham have won 25 of these fixtures while Brentford have won 22 times. There have been 16 draws between these sides. Brentford have won the last two times these teams have met with the last fixture being a 5-1 victory on the opening day of this season. A brace from Maupay as well as further goals from Sergi Canos, Ollie Watkins and Lewis Macleod sealed all three points for the Bees, despite Will Vaulks scoring for the Millers in stoppage time.

The last time Rotherham beat Brentford was in August 2016 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. A 36th minute goal by Danny Ward sealed all three points for the Millers that day.

Ones to Watch

Our Ones to Watch start with goalkeeper Daniel Bentley. The 25-year old started as a centre-half for his local side Hutton Medway. After appearing as a goalkeeper for the side as a one-off, he was spotted by Arsenal and was at the Premier League side from 2008 before joining Southend United. After his debut in 2009, Bentley became their number one goalkeeper, making over 140 appearances for the Shrimpers. Bentley also spent time on loan at Braintree Town in 2011 and he joined Brentford in 2016 following the conclusion of his Southend contract for a compensation fee of £1.1 million.

In defence, summer signing Ezri Konsa is a young star in the making. The 21-year old came through the Charlton Athletic Academy, where he made over 70 appearances. He also has represented England U20 and U21 sides before joining Brentford this summer.

In midfield, captain Romaine Sawyers is the main man in the middle. The former West Brom youth made a name for himself at Walsall, making over 130 appearances for the League One club. He joined Brentford in 2016 and he represented Saint Kitts and Nevis internationally at both U23 and senior level.

Upfront, Neal Maupay is one of the most in-form strikers in the Championship. Currently in joint third and only one goal off the golden boot top spot, the French striker will be looking to extend his goal tally. The former Nice and St Étienne has represented France at U16, U17, U19 and U21 level.

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REPORT | Rotherham 2 v 4 Brentford

19 January 2019

Millers slip to home defeat.....

ROTHERHAM United fought back twice but came out on the wrong end of a six-goal affair with Brentford.

The Londoners made a fast start thanks to Kamohelo Mokotjo’s strike but Jon Taylor soon levelled matters for Paul Warne’s side.

Said Benrahma put the Bees ahead for a second time before Clark Robertson, with the aid of a slight deflection, gave the Millers hope of claiming a share of the spoils. However, Mokotjo’s second of the afternoon, almost immediately, and Neal Maupay’s strike saw Thomas Frank’s side extend their unbeaten run to seven games, at the expense of the Millers.

Following their narrow defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town last weekend, Millers chief Warne made a solitary change to his starting line-up with Irish midfielder Richie Towell returning to the fold in the home engine room following a three-match suspension, at the expense of Sean Raggett, who was named amongst the substitutes.

New signing Matt Crooks joined him on the bench alongside Kyle Vassell and Billy Jones, who shrugged off injury to take their place in the squad.

The Londoners were quick out of the blocks and they broke the deadlock after two minutes when Rico Henry injected pace into a visitors move and Benrahma worked a yard of space on his marker to deliver a tantalising pull-back into the path of on-rushing Mokotjo, who kept his nerve to slide the ball into the bottom corner of the net, giving Marek Rodak no chance.

Moments later, Ollie Watkins embarked on a purposeful run which ended when Bentahma delivered a first-time centre which was snuffed out by Rodak, who was quick off his line before Maupay almost pounced onto a home error to advance on goal, but a retreating defender halted his progress.

In Rotherham’s first foray of note, Anthony Forde’s run and cross narrowly evaded the attentions of Michael Smith, at the far post before skipper Will Vaulks struck an instinctive effort from distance which was straight down the throat of visiting ‘keeper Daniel Bentley.

Just past the quarter hour, Brentford turned defence into attack in the blink of an eye following a tame Forde corner but Ben Wiles showed his defensive instincts to deny Maupay – with a timely interception.

However, Rotherham got themselves back on level terms on 20 minutes when Brentford failed to deal with a Forde corner and the ball fell kindly for Taylor, on the edge of the box, who cleverly worked a shooting position to lash a rasping right-footed effort which whistled past the outstretched hand of Bentley to nestle into the far corner of the goal.

The hosts were visibly lifted by the equaliser and Zak Vyner hung up a cross which was met by head of Smith, but his looping header narrowly cleared the Bees crossbar before Maupay’s snap shot was bravely blocked by Robertson, at the other end, before Watkins’ foul on Semi Ajayi released the pressure on the home side.

Just before the half-hour mark, Brentford had faint appeals for a spot kick when a fortuitous bounce gave Maupay, a glimpse of goal, before the French striker tumbled under the challenge of Robertson in the box, but the referee waved away visiting protests.  

The Millers were a coat of paint from taking the lead when Vyner skipped down the touchline to deliver an inviting centre which was aimed at Smith, who tussled with his marker, but the ball landed kindly for Taylor behind him, who instinctively bundled the ball towards goal, but it flew just inches wide of the upright.

Minutes later, the home fans were left scratching their heads over how their side were not ahead when Vaulks turned on his left-foot to clip a cross which was inch-perfect for Robertson, who forced a superb reflex save from Bentley but the ball dropped for Ajayi, who looked a certain scorer from just yards out, but he dragged his shot wide despite having the goal at his mercy.

Just before the break, Vaulks launched a long throw into the box and Robertson emerged from the masse of bodies to nod goalwards, but his effort failed to trouble Bentley in the away goal before Rodak was called into action to smother Benrahma’s long range shot, at the other end.

Half-time- Rotherham United 1 Brentford 1

The Millers had a lucky escape at the start of the second half when Yoann Barbet’s clipped ball over the top caught the Millers defence square and Maupay, got the ball under his spell, before ushering the ball towards goal, but fortunately for the Millers, his effort dribbled narrowly wide.

Following a fast start to the second half, Brentford went ahead for the second time on 53 minutes when a fine flowing move on the edge of the box split open the Rotherham defence and Romaine Sawyers’ showed good awareness to slide the ball into the path of Benrahma, who picked his spot from the edge of the box - with a well-struck effort to find the bottom corner of the net.

The home side responded well to the setback and Wiles’ snap effort was deflected behind by Bardet before Forde swung over the resultant corner into the path of Robertson, who headed goalwards, but Bentley plucked his effort out of the sky.

Crooks was thrown into the fray for his Millers debut and the former Northampton midfielder made an instant impact to control Joe Mattock’s chip before almost putting Taylor away – with a reverse pass, but the ball was diverted to safety.

Minutes later, Henry dragged a left-footed effort across the Rotherham goalmouth before Rotherham levelled matters for a second time when Towell dug out a cross which was met by the head of Robertson, who nodded goalwards and the ball appeared to skim off a body in the box, before finding the heart of the Bees goal.

However, Rotherham joy proved short-lived when Brentford regained the lead, just two minutes later when Henry was allowed sneak around the back before playing a tantalising ball across the box and Mokotjo was the grateful recipient, as he drilled a low effort past Rodak, for his second goal of the afternoon.   

The Millers were starting down the barrel of defeat and Maupay twice came close to sealing the deal when he latched onto a quick counter to chip an effort over the advancing Rodak, which whistled inches wide before the Slovakian stopper bravely stood up tall to smother the in-form striker’s fiercely struck effort, from point-blank range.

With the game on a knife-edge, sub Jerry Yates delivered a fine centre which Ajayi was unable to direct goalwards before Rodak was called into action, once again, to deny Canos, with a smart save.

However, Brentford killed off Rotherham hopes with a fourth goal with five minutes remaining when Canos waltzed into the Millers box with ease before finding Maupay, who showed his class by evading the tackle of Robertson before firing into the heart of the home goal.  

Full-time- Rotherham United 2 Brentford 4

Rotherham United 2

Brentford 4

Teams:- Rotherham- Rodak, Vyner (Yates 78), Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Forde (Vassell 86), Taylor, Towell, Robertson, Smith, Wiles (Crooks 59). Unused- Price, Wood, Raggett, Jones.

Brentford- Bentley, Henry, Maupay, Watkins (Ogbene 88), Mokotjo (Dasilva 88), Sawyers, Benrahma (Canos 76), Dalsgaard, Jeanvier, Konsa, Barbet. Unused- Daniels, Odubajo, McEachran, Dasilva, Ogbene, Sorensen.

Referee- T Harrington

Attendance- 8319 (606)

 

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