Brentford inflicted more misery on struggling Derby County as they brushed aside the Rams with an excellent display of attacking football at Griffin Park.
Two goals in two minutes early in the first half put the home side in control as Bryan Mbeumo netted the opener before Ollie Watkins’ struck the second from 10 yards out.
Watkins made it three just before half-time, and it could have been worse for Derby as the Bees had chances to go into the break further ahead.
The hosts continued to create opportunities during a quieter second period, but victory moved them up to 14th in the Championship, leapfrogging the Rams, who are a point behind them in 19th place.
Phillip Cocu’s Rams side did not have a single effort on target and have now failed to win a league game since the opening day of the season – this defeat coming off the back of a 3-0 Carabao Cup loss at fierce East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in midweek.
Sergi Canos gave Derby an idea of what they would face when his early effort was saved by Kelle Roos, and it was not long before Mbeumo scored from close range – Watkins’ effort was denied by Richard Keogh’s goalline clearance, which fell to Brentford’s French striker.
After Watkins made it 2-0, Roos made a fine save from Said Benrahma, Rico Henry blazed over from 15 yards and Brentford were denied a penalty despite the ball looking like it hit Keogh’s arm as the visitors wilted in west London.
But Watkins took advantage late in the half as he followed up his own shot which was blocked on the line by team-mate Henrik Dalsgaard to heap the pressure on the Rams.
While Derby did not concede after the break they could have gone further behind – Watkins had another two good chances, while Canos narrowly missed the target.