Bryan Mbeumo scored the only goal of the game as Brentford stretched their unbeaten run to ten games with victory over relegation-threatened Rotherham United.
Mbeumo made it two goals in as many games with his first half header sealing the Bees’s first home win in five games to maintain their momentum heading towards the play-offs.
Rotherham, meanwhile, battled hard but without much success. The South Yorkshire side now have a mountain to climb if they are to escape the drop. One more win from their two remaining games – against Watford and Bristol City – will see Thomas Frank’s Brentford match last seasons’s tally of 81 points.
It was the Millers who set the pace early on, with victory pivotal for Paul Warne’s team. The away side’s best opportunity fell to Angus MacDonald who fired over from the edge of the penalty area. This miss was to cost the Yorkshire outfit on 26 minutes.
In what was almost their first proper threat going forward, Brentford broke the deadlock. Mbeumo did well to lose his marker before seeing his glancing header beat Jamal Blackman from eight yards out after a neat cross from Sergi Canos.
The Bees looked to add to their lead, with Canos himself seeing an effort palmed away by the Millers keeper before he saw another shot go wide just before the break.
Ivan Toney, who wore the captain’s armband for the night, almost made it 2-0 when he ran through, but the forward struck a low drive against the base of the post.
Chances were at a premium after the restart, and although Rotherham’s industry was admirable, their lack of incision inside the final third was fair evidence of their struggles at the wrong end of the table.
Eventually, Toney went close for the hosts just before the hour mark when his header forced another save from Blackman. By this stage, the striker was in determined form having seen another effort go wide.
Rotherham, however, did not force David Raya into a save in the second half until the third minute of stoppage time when the Bees keeper held on to a header from Michael Ihiekwe on the line.
And although the scoreline doesn’t show it, it was a comfortable win for Brentford. On so many occasions this season they have been made to pay for their missed chances, but Thomas Frank’s side sealed a second win in four days.