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Brentford saw off relation-doomed Rotherham at Griffin Park in a largely one sided encounter, however, the Bees needed two last minutes goals by King Jota to finally clinch a deserved win after relinquishing a lead on two occasions.

The Bees continued their recent form in another eventful display, full of flowing passes and long spells of possession, but The Millers made life hard, and following Jota’s 13th minute opener, finding the much needed second goal became a struggle. 

In truth, the home side were in a different league to their visitors, which will no doubt be the case next season, but to be fair, Rotherham refused to give up and would have returned home gutted as they almost grabbed a point. The game only really came fully alive in the last 15 minutes though.

Romain Sawyers, who is arguably the falsest number nine you will ever see in a Bees top, was picked to play up front due to the continued absence of Lasse Vibe, but from what we saw of Sergi Canos and Justin Shaibu when they both came on, they both deserve a start next time out, and played pivotal roles  in the two injury time goals.

Ricoh Henry enjoyed an impressive home debut at left back, with the absence of Harlee Dean due to suspension also giving Andres Bjelland a start alongside John Egan… they won’t be happy that a clean sheet couldn’t be achieved against the division’s whipping boys. In fact it was Bjelland’s slip that allowed Anthony Forde to lash home Rotherham’s second which squirmed under Dan Bentley’s dive to find the bottom corner.

On the plus side it appeared that despite cruising for much of the game, Brentford had the quality to find the net when they HAD to… immediately hitting back when losing their leads, through Yenaris and Jota’s penalty, then wrapping things up with the hat trick strike deep, deep into injury time.

As you will hear in the lively Pride of West London post match podcast (click link above) fans were in raptures about the Jotta’s match ball winning afternoon, as well as some impressive home debuts, but there was also a sense that The Bees made life hard for themselves and the weakness at the back still causes concern. Still, if you’re looking for exciting, high scoring entertainment… that’s certainly been served up by the bucket load since the Chelsea farce.

Dave Lane