Brentford got back to winning ways at the weekend as they dismantled Hull City 5-1 at the KCOM Stadium in what was a superb performance away from home.
An Ollie Watkins strike, a clinical hat-trick from Said Benrahma and an own-goal from Hull defender Reece Burke sealed a much-needed three points for Thomas Frank’s side.
The result keeps the Bees 5th in the league table, with 50 points from 30 games, five points behind Leeds United in the second automatic promotion place.
Here, we look back at three things we learnt from Brentford’s excellent performance over the weekend…
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Benrahma back to best
The Algerian was in mercurial form once again for the Bees, on what was an emotional afternoon for the 23-year-old, who continues to grieve the passing of his late father.
The winger netted a clinical hat-trick for Brentford, with his first goal the pick of the bunch – finding the bottom corner with a superb curling effort from 20-yards out to open the scoring, courtesy of Mathias Jensen’s short corner.
His three strikes now takes his goal tally for the season to eight, as he continues to prove that he is one of the best attacking players in the division.
Raya human after all
Despite Benrahma’s treble, the biggest talking point of the match was undoubtedly David Raya Martin’s calamitous goalkeeping error during the first-half.
The Spaniard gifted Hull City a potential lifeline at the time, as he let Ryan Tafazolli’s pass from the halfway line slip under his foot and into the back of the net.
It was an unfortunate moment for the 24-year-old, who has been in good form for the Bees this season up until now, keeping a total of 10 clean sheets. However, he will not want to relive that moment any time soon.
Short corners worked a treat
The short-corner routine worked excellently for Brentford during the match, with Hull City unable to cope defensively on a few occasions.
The Bees’ first two goals came courtesy of the tactic, with Mathias Jensen simply passing the ball to the supporting man, who on both cases was Said Benrahma.
For the first goal, the Algerian took it upon himself to do all of the work, and slotted in an excellent curling finish from outside the box. The second goal then saw panic ensue in the Hull City penalty area, initiated by Benrahma’s whipped delivery.
Ollie Watkins got his head on the ball, but it was subsequently turned into the net via Hull’s Reece Burke, in what was a moment to forget for the Tigers man.