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Barnsley 1-3 Brentford: Ollie Watkins hat-trick ends poor away run for Bees

SportsBarnsley 1-3 Brentford: Ollie Watkins hat-trick ends poor away run for Bees

Ollie Watkins’ hat-trick took his tally to seven goals already this season

Ollie Watkins scored a hat-trick of headers as Brentford came from behind to win at Barnsley.

Cauley Woodrow had put Barnsley ahead after just 59 seconds with a curling right-foot shot from 25 yards.

But Brentford responded in relentless rain and wind at Oakwell as Watkins headed them level from a Mathias Jensen cross midway through the first half.

Moments after the restart, he headed in again after Sergi Canos had crossed and then stooped to nod in his third midway through the second half with Canos again the provider.

Watkins has now scored seven of Brentford’s eight Championship goals this season and the victory ended a run of three successive away defeats for the Bees.

Barnsley are still without a win since the opening day of the season, when they beat Fulham at home.

Coming into the game, Barnsley and Brentford were the Championship’s two lowest-scoring sides but there was no hint of that when Woodrow stunned the visitors with his early goal for Barnsley.

The fast tempo continued and both sides spurned chances to add to that before Watkins levelled for Brentford.

Remarkably, he was also denied a goal before half-time by both the post and the crossbar when played through, before Said Benrahma fired both rebounds wide of an open goal from just 10 yards out.

But as the game grew on, Brentford were the more clinical and Watkins eventually netted his first hat-trick since scoring three for Exeter City against Newport County in December 2016.

Victory for Brentford sees them climb to 14th, while Barnsley stay third from bottom.

Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“The first 10-15 minutes were exactly what we all wanted to see and you could see how motivated the players were with that start.

“But Brentford grew into the game and battled every single position better than we did and in the second half, we didn’t have a chance.

“There were too many mistakes in our game in possession but this is what happens when you don’t win many games, you lose confidence.

“All I can is we’re doing all we can to change the results, but we are also lacking in quality.”

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