Brentford 0 Rotherham United 1
Brentford continue their inconsistent start to the League one season as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Rotherham at Griffin Park.
A 14th minute header from Mark Bradley was enough as Rotherham came away from Griffin Park with all three points as Brentford failed to score at home for the third game in a row. It was a disjointed performance from the Bees with many passes not finding the intended target and finding it hard to create clear cut chances, it was another frustrating day for the Brentford fans and players.
Rotherham were using the long ball effectively and with their physical play they were drawing Brentford into using the long ball and not allowing them to use their passing game. Lee Frecklington had a shot early on but it went wide of the returning Button. Donaldson had Brentford’s first decent chance as he got past a few Rotherham defenders but his shot was easily dealt with by Shearer.
Brentford were struggling with width, as Mcormack was playing in a unfamilar left wing role and although he was putting in a good shift his bite and fight was missed in the centre midfield.
It was Trotta’s turn to go close after Donaldson found Trotta in the box but his effort went wide after he turned the defender in the box.
Rotherham were still creating chances as Revell lashed over and Tubbs forced a good save from Button.
After 30 minutes or so Diagouraga and Forshaw started to get a grip in midfield and Brentford started to play the good football that the fans are used to.
After Forshaw played in Donaldson Shearer made a excellent save to keep him out and also denied Sam Saunders after he made a deep run from midfield and his shot was palmed out for a corner.
Forshaw was next us to come within inches of equalising for Brentford after good work by Trotta played in him and his rasping left footed drive was just over the bar.
As the second half started Rosler brought on Will Grigg to replace Trotta. It was more of the same in the second half as Brentford continued to have more of the possession but Rotherham’s firm and hard defending.
Dean had a few headers wide from corners as Brentford were struggling to break down Rotherham. Grigg was struggling to hold up the ball but had a chance but missed the target with a header.
As time was running down Brentford could not fashion a clear cut chance, with Forshaw burst into the box his shot was blocked by the sturdy Rotherham defence and it was the same with Logan after his good work down the right his shot was also blocked.
As Brentford kept trying for a equaliser, Rotherham looked to counter and they had a few chances to double their lead, with both Tubbs and Revell shooting wide.
Donaldson was centimetres away from reaching Will Grigg’s flick on but the ball was just out of his reach. Saunders was lively on the wings but it was the same story as his shots were blocked by the Rotherham defence. Farid Al Alagui was making a nuisance of himself after coming on as a sub and his header from a corner was saved by Shearer.
Brentford almost snatched a equaliser in the dying seconds as George Saville shot on the turn was brilliantly saved by Shearer.
As the ref blew his whistle there were loud boos by the Brentford fans as Rosler is still trying to figure out his best eleven. With a team that has been expensively built these are some worrying times as Brentford’s home form was one of the best in the league last season and with failing to score in three straight games at home Rosler has a lot to think about.
By Alex Callow