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While having over a week to stew over the 1-0 defeat at Norwich City was less than ideal, Brentford boss Thomas Frank would have been satisfied for the unforeseen respite after a busy seven months.
That break undoubtedly helped the Bees on Friday evening as they edged out Blackburn Rovers, opponents who were playing their third game in less than a week.
A fresher side were able to keep Brentford in contention for automatic promotion at a time when Watford and Swansea City look capable of winning the majority of their remaining matches.
Ivan Toney’s winner at Ewood Park came from the penalty spot, but Frank will be delighted that his backline managed to keep a clean sheet for just the second time in 13 fixtures.
At a time when Brentford are bidding to return to the top two, Derby and Wayne Rooney are finding it increasingly difficult to move away from the bottom three.
Although things once appeared rosy with the England legend in charge, the honeymoon period has now been declared over with just two points coming from five fixtures.
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Despite keeping things relatively tight in defence, the East Midlands side have now failed to score in their last four matches, their only goal in five coming in the latter stages of the derby with Nottingham Forest.
Rooney will recognise that their barren spell in the final third will only encourage Rotherham United, who trail by seven points with four matches in hand.
While Derby’s current position is currently more favourable than that of the Millers, failure to get more points on the board before the international break will leave Rooney with much to ponder