FOR BEES CALM

Brent­ford up to fifth with vic­tory over Black­burn

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Gest­ede’s toe six yards out, then tackle Ryan Tun­ni­cliffe as he ran clear.

The equaliser came though on the stroke of half-time. Craig Con­way’s cross was met ac­ro­bat­i­cally by Gest­ede. The shot’s power was lost by Tony Craig’s de­flec­tion, but the de­flec­tion wrong-footed David But­ton and drib­bled in.

Both sides were throw­ing punches from the sec­ond-half’s out­set, but Brent­ford landed one first.

Gray con­trolled Jota’s cross on his chest, be­fore tum­bling down while at­tempt­ing a shot. From the ground he shot again, this time con­nect­ing cleanly to stab the ball beyond Ja­son Steele.

Black­burn re­sponded with Ben Mar­shall’s pow­er­ful shot, but it bounced back off the post, after smart in­ter­play be­tween Gest­ede and Tun­ni­cliffe.

It was the turn­ing point, as min­utes later Jota seized a loose ball in mid­field and pranced unim­peded through Rovers’ de­fence to slot in.

Black­burn man­ager Gary Bowyer said: “It’s a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment. We got our­selves back in it just be­fore half-time and started the sec­ond-half well. It’s just the man­ner of the goals that we’ve con- ceded – they were soft again - that are dis­ap­point­ing from our point of view.

“When we hit the post at 2-1 that was the big mo­ment in the game, but the ball just didn’t quite drop for us.There wasn’t a great goal scored. Ours is a de­flec­tion. Bid­well’s is a mishit shot that’s de­flected off somebody. Gray mis­kicked his shot first time around. The third goal we played them in.

“There’s a hell of a lot of foot­ball to go.You judge a team after 46 games. There’s 25 to go. We’ve got to re­group.”

GET OUT THE WAY: Black­burn’s Ben Mar­shall heads at goal

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