Brentford bounced back from their midweek defeat to promotion rivals Nottingham Forest by sealing an emphatic 5-1 victory over Hull on Saturday with Said Benrahma netting a hat-trick.
Ollie Watkins scored the other two goals for Thomas Frank’s side during a rampant performance on Humberside, while it was only a calamitous error from goalkeeper David Raya that allowed Ryan Tafazolli to score Hull’s only goal of the game.
The result means Brentford are now three points clear of seventh-placed Preston in their play-off bid, while they now have a chance to make further ground with back-to-back home games against Middlesbrough and then second-placed Leeds.
The Bees looked in clinical form at the KCOM Stadium ahead of these two crucial Griffin Park clashes, with Benrahma looking particularly in the mood from his attacking midfield role as he netted an impressive three goals against the Tigers.
Here, we take a closer look at Benrahma’s display…
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Benrahma was named in the starting line-up as part of Frank’s usual attacking set-up with Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbeumo, and the Algeria international produced a real stand-out performance as the West London side secured all three points.
The 24-year-old slotted home all three of finishes to register his hat-trick with one first-half strike before two efforts after the interval, while his three efforts saw him increase his tally for the season up to eight goals in his 26 appearances.
Benrahma also proved that he is willing to try his luck from a range of positions as he produced nine attempts on goal throughout the match, while the fact he directed five of these on target indicates how he caused real problems for Hull stopper George Long.
The Brentford attacking midfielder is often associated with his creative potential and he also displayed this against the Tigers by making five shot assists, while he also linked up well with his team-mates across the pitch with an 80% passing accuracy.
He also displayed his clear threat from wide areas by recording a 75% crossing accuracy against Grant McCann’s side, with the midfielder producing an accomplished performance in many aspects as the Bees cruised to victory.