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Match Report : 07/11/2015

7 November 2015

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Report: Rovers 1 Brentford 1

The points were shared at Ewood Park as Rovers and Brentford played out a 1-1 draw.

In hard-fought encounter it was the visitors who took advantage of a slow start from the home side as the Bees scored the opening goal as Lasse Vibe fired home.

That prompted Rovers into action and they got back on level terms before the break when a Tom Lawrence ball into the area found it's way through to the bottom corner.

Rovers could have lead at the break as Lawrence let fly once more, but his swerving shot deflected onto the post.

Play opened up in the second half with both sides denied by fine goalkeeping. Jason Steele thwarted Konstantine Kerschbaumer at his post, before only fingertips from Bees stopper David Button denied Ben Marshall from grabbing the winner two minutes from time.

Rovers welcomed Corry Evans back for the match, the Northern Ireland international returning to the starting line-up after serving a one-match ban in the midweek draw at Birmingham.

Lee Carsley's Brentford were unchanged despite their home loss to Hull City in midweek, and it was the former Rover's side who started the stronger at Ewood Park, enjoying plenty of possession.

Rovers, in comparison, were slow out of the blocks, which allowed the Bees to build up a head of steam that culminated in them taking the lead on 24 minutes.

It was all so simple for the visitors as a John Swift through-ball saw Lasse Vibe get the better of Shane Duffy, and although Jason Steele got something on the shot, it looped over the keeper and bounced into the back of the net.

The opening goal prompted Rovers to finally wake from their slumber, with Duffy looking to atone from a Craig Conway corner, but his header flew over the bar.

Then Jordan Rhodes sent Tom Lawrence racing down the flank as he got the better of Jake Bidwell, but his whipped centre was just out of reach of Rhodes as James Tarkowski diverted the cross away from the danger area.

Ben Marshall saw a shot deflect wide, but Brentford continued to pose a threat as their incisive passing play opened up the home defence once more, Ryan Woods picked out Vibe but his near-post shot flashed wide.

However on 37 minutes the Rovers would get back on level terms, but in slightly fortunate circumstances for Lawrence, not that he cared.

The forward collected a Conway throw on the left and as he sent his ball into the box it eluded everyone to nestle into the far corner of the goal.

After starting so slowly, suddenly it was Rovers who had the opposition on the ropes, Lawrence a whisker away from grabbing his second of the game when his swerving near-post shot almost beat David Button, but the keeper got enough on the ball to touch it into the post.

The visitors then went close in added time at the end of the first half with Woods firing wide after Chris Taylor had been dispossessed, before Alan McCormack saw a shot across the box well saved by Steele.

Like the first half it was Brentford who started the better of the two sides with a couple of early free-kicks that came to nothing. Whilst Rhodes saw appeals for a penalty kick come to nothing also as the striker was prevented from reaching a Conway centre by Tarkowski.

Moments later another Conway delivery, this time a from corner, saw the ball reach Duffy, but he somehow couldn't get a clean connection with his header when well placed.

In what was becoming an increasingly open end-to-end contest, Duffy then had to show his defensive side after Konstantine Kerschbaumer threaded the ball through to Vibe once more, but the irishman blocked the shot and Steele punched the loose ball clear.

Rovers saw further appeals for a hand ball from McCormack ignored by the officials, but they had stronger claims when Taylor was brought down by Jake Bidwell on the corner of the area, but no decision went the home side's way once more.

As the rain started to swirl around Ewood Park both sides made changes, Nathan Delfouneso and Adam Henley introduced at the expense of Chris Taylor and Craig Conway, whilst the visitors brought on Sam Saunders for John Swift.

Rovers were grateful for a Steele save as the Bees attacked well once more, Nico Yannaris with a ball through to Kerschbaumer but the Rovers keeper saved well at his post.

The closing stages saw both sides threaten in the penalty area with nervy moments as latch-ditch blocks and tackles kept opponents at bay.

After what had been an even and competitive fixture Rovers came the closest to grabbing the winner two minutes from time.

After a strong run from Lawrence, he fed Marshall who cut in from the left to left fly, the sweetly struck effort seemed destined for the top corner only for the finger-tips of Brentford keeper Button to tip the ball wide.

Rovers had hoped to go into the international break with all three points, but a share of the spoils was probably the fair result against a strong Brentford side.

ROVERS: Steele, Marshall, Duffy, Hanley (c), Olsson, Taylor (sub Delfouneso 66 mins), Evans (sub Williamson 90+1 mins), Akpan, Conway (sub Henley 72 mins), Lawrence, Rhodes.

Subs not used: Eastwood (GK), Spurr, Kilgallon, Koita.

Goals: Lawrence 37 mins

Booked: Olsson

BRENTFORD: Button, Bidwell (c), Yennaris, Dean, Tarkowski, Woods (sub Canos 89 mins), McCormack, Diagouraga, Djuricin (sub Kerschbaumer 23 mins), Swift (sub Saunders 72 mins), Vibe.

Subs not used: Bonham (GK), Hofmann, O'Connell, Gogia.

Goals: Vibe 24 mins

Booked: Yennaris, Kerschbaumer, Bidwell.

Attendance: 12,328 (including 592 visiting supporters)

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