Saïd Benrahma dedicated his hat-trick on Saturday to his late father who died last month. The Algerian winger opened the scoring against Hull City with a curling effort from the edge of the box before grabbing two more late on to complete a thumping 5-1 win for The Bees. It was Saïd’s second treble against The Tigers in less than 12 months and one that Saïd said took on extra significance given his recent loss.
Speaking to brentfordfc.com after the game in East Yorkshire, Saïd said: “I am really happy with the goals. I hope that I made my dad proud with that today. There is nothing I can do about the situation, it is life, but, in the future, I want to keep making him proud. I was pleased to be able to pay tribute to him because he was so proud of me and happy for me.”
The 24-year-old attacker, who moved onto eight goals for the season at The KCOM Stadium, also paid tribute to those at Brentford and in the wider football community for their support over the past few weeks.
“I have never received support like I have in recent weeks both from Brentford fans and from supporters back in Algeria” reflected Saïd. “Thomas Frank, Matthew Benham, Phil Giles, Rasmus Ankersen and all the players and staff have been a real support to me. I can never thank Thomas enough for what he has done. He has helped me so much and trusted me like nobody else has before. Today was for my dad but it was also for Thomas because he gives me so much confidence. It was also for my mum and my sisters. My mum will be so proud when I ring her now.”
The victory was Brentford’s first in three Sky Bet Championship games and helped cut the margin to the top two down to five points. Following the midweek defeat to Nottingham Forest, Saïd admitted there had been a real need for three points building-up to the game.
“We came here trying to go for the win, especially after losing to Nottingham Forest where we weren’t top,” said Saïd. “Today we were looking to catch up and we did that. To win in such a manner, 5-1, was magnificent. We are really happy. We could have scored more but the key thing was to win.”