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Brentford 3-0 QPR: Goals from Benrahma and Maupay sink lacklustre Hoops

Neal Maupay was the Brentford hero once again as his goal and assist helped Brentford continue their impressive recent home form with a derby-day victory over QPR.

Brentford took the lead in the 50th minute through Maupay after Grant Hall brought down Ollie Watkins in the penalty area.

Brentford doubled their lead 20 minutes later after Maupay’s cross found Saido Benrahma who tucked the ball into the net.

Sergi Canos came off the bench to score the third and final goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time, completing a fantastic second-half for Brentford.

The Bees came out quickly in the second half, and were rewarded for their early dominance. Watkins was brought down after running in behind the QPR defence before Maupay showed great composure to slide the ball into the bottom right hand corner and give Brentford the lead. 

Brentford refused to let-up though, with a sustained period of pressure seeing Benhrama have another shot saved, before Kamohelo Mokotjo was put through only to have his left-footed strike saved as well.

Just after the hour-mark, Henrik Dalsgaard had a header saved from point-blank range after the Dane connected brilliantly from an Ollie Watkins free-kick.

The points never looked in doubt after a second goal by the ever-impressive Benrahma. Maupay ran onto a through-ball with his first touch taking him around goalkeeper Joe Lumley, and his pinpoint cross round Benrahma who tucked the ball into the empty net.

Canos completed a wonderful afternoon for Brentford very late in the game as his effort outside the box found the top corner and secured the three points for Brentford, who move up to 15th with the win.

James Bayliss
James Bayliss, 23, is half Italian, half English and raised in London. He grew up in the capital doing several languages at school including French and Spanish before taking a degree in Italian and Business at the University of Kent. His studies at university started to shape his path in journalism as well, as his final year dissertation explored the relationship between football and Fascism. James first discovered his passion for journalism after a week of work experience at the Trinity Mirror and has gone back for work experience twice more since, having some articles published online. The work inspired him to create his own blog which he has been running for three years. He’s conducted interviews with some of the best journalists around in Alison Mitchell and Matt Dickinson, and has worked with Walking Football England captain Spencer Pratten on promoting the sport ahead of the upcoming inaugural Euro’s and World Cup. All this time dedicated to journalism has led him to doing a masters and NCTJ diploma at St Mary’s University Twickenham where he continues to learn and be mentored by some of the best in the industry.
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