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8 touches in the opposition box: The Brentford ace inspiring Frank’s side to crush Derby

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Ollie Watkins scored twice as Brentford picked up their first home win of the new season with a convincing 3-0 victory over Derby County in the Championship at the weekend. 

The 23-year-old was involved in all three goals, as the Bees blew their opponents away with an emphatic first-half display at Griffin Park.

Bryan Mbeumo opened the scoring for Brentford in the 17th minute with his first goal for the club, steering the ball home from close range after Watkins’ effort was cleared off the line by Richard Keogh.

The hosts doubled their advantage moments later when Watkins finished off a fine counter-attacking move, sweeping the ball home from Mbeumo’s pass.

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The attacker added a third moments before half-time, shooting low past Kelle Roos for his fourth goal of the season after Derby failed to clear a corner.

It was a fantastic performance from Thomas Frank’s side and will give the team a much-needed confidence boost going into the international break.

Brentford are now 14th in the Championship table, after taking seven points from their opening six league games.

Here, we assess Watkins’ performance in more detail, by taking a closer look at some of his stats from the win against Derby…

Watkins was involved in all three goals at the weekend, as Brentford produced their best performance of the season so far.

It was an excellent team performance from the Bees, but Watkins was one of the standout players and stole the show in the first half.

Watkins had a total of five shots on goal against Derby, but four of them were on target. As an attacking player, this is something that he will be very pleased with. He had a shot cleared off the line, which resulted in the opening goal for Mbeumo.

He also managed four dribbles in the game, although only one of them was successful.

This is perhaps the one area of his performance where he would have hoped to do better, although he was still able to cause the Derby defenders problems with his pace and his movement off the ball.

Watkins also managed eight touches in the opposition box. This might not seem like a lot, but he made all of his touches count.

He showed fantastic composure and ability on the ball to round Derby goalkeeper Roos for the opening goal and both of his finishes for his goals were excellent.

Watkins also made a total of 30 passes in the game and 21 of them were successful, leaving him with an impressive pass accuracy of 70%.

It was a very impressive performance from the attacker and he can go into the game against Preston North End after the international break full of confidence.

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