The Bees suffered their first away league loss since October on a night where nothing went for them.
It was always going to be a tough match given Rotherham’s form but in the very early stages it was made all the harder still when Alan Judge needlessly gave away a penalty, which Kieran Agaard slotted away with ease.
It was a real blow, especially coming as it did, moments after the travelling fans thought a dipping shot had gone in at the other end.
Uncharacteristically Brentford rarely got into the passing rhythm that has brought so much success. The odd half chance that was created was done so by individual skill, most notably Marcello Trotta who managed to wriggle his way to space for a shot from an almost identical position he’d scored from at Orient and home to Coventry. On this occasion he didn’t really connect as he would’ve hoped and the shot didn’t trouble the keeper.
Rotherham to their credit made it difficult playing with urgency, drive and energy. So it came as no surprise when Agaard doubled their advantage just before the interval. In truth the Bees were lucky to go in only 2 down.
After the break Warburton’s men upped their game and created chances but were wasteful.
Adam Forshaw elected to shoot from distance when other options were available. The closest we came to getting one back was a header from Dougie that looked like it was going in but was tipped over.
A succession of corners were forced in a 10 minute spell, however, as they were taken short most of the time they invariably came to nothing.
In stoppage time the hosts added a third following sloppy defending which typified our night.
3-0 but it could have been a lot worse. George Saville was massively missed, Jake Reeves tried and played relatively well but to no avail.
The one crumb of comfort must be Orient drawing so despite heavy defeat The Bees remain 2nd, 3 points clear with games in hand.
It’s still in our hands but we have to hope Rotherham really were that good and that we don’t play as disjointedly as that for the remaining 9 games.
Oldham away on Saturday won’t be a walk over but if the real Bees show up 3 points are a realistic possibility. 2 defeats in 26 don’t make Brentford a bad team over night. ‘Beelieve’ and it can still happen, must do much better than the Rotherham showing in order to make it happen.
By Chris Horricks