Boss hails side for reaction to defeat last week in win at Tranmere
Brentford Manager Uwe Rösler said the most important aspect of his team’s win against Tranmere Rovers was the way they responded to their first defeat of the Sky Bet League One season.
The Bees lost 4-0 to Bradford City last Saturday on a day to forget in Yorkshire when they had goalkeeper David Button sent off and conceded three goals in nine second half minutes.
But they responded to win on a memorable afternoon in the North West.
Uwe described his team’s start to the match as excellent and they were 2-0 up inside 13 minutes as Martin Taylor scored on his debut and Clayton Donaldson lashed home.
But the Brentford Manager was unhappy that his side stopped playing the way they had been and Tranmere came back to level.
Brentford regained the lead when Clayton Donaldson headed in but conceded a 90th minute equaliser, only to win a stoppage time penalty that Adam Forshaw converted.
Uwe said his team are doing lots of things right and were working on what wasn’t quite so good but overall he took the positives from Brentford’s first away win of the season.
“Today I am looking at the positives,” he said.
“We got three points away from home, our first three points away from home.
“We were excellent at the beginning of the game, we were 2-0 up and it could have been more.
“Then we stopped doing what was working for us, that is frustrating.
“The most important thing was to bounce back after last week and got a win.
“It is always difficult for us to come here.
“I was pleased with the way we started.
“The system worked well and the strikers worked well.
“We played to our strengths and their weaknesses and then we stopped doing it.
“The goals we conceded came from inexperience and panic and we have to improve.
“We are doing a lot of things right.
“We are making mistakes and we are working to improve on those but nobody can question our appetite to win games.
“Last week was a big blow for us.
“Today we didn’t give up and overall I think we were the better team and deserved the points.”
Uwe said his tem panicked when Tranmere started to apply pressure and that allowed the home side to come back in to the game.
He said his players had to learn to deal with being under the cosh and continue to play in the manner they had been.
He picked our George Saville as an example and said the midfield player, on loan from Chelsea, had played well after a couple of below-par performances but two of Tranmere’s goals came from the left side where he was playing.
“We panicked,” said Uwe, speaking after the match.
“We were doing things right for long periods and then we were panicking.
“We were dropping off people; we were not going in to duels because we were afraid of losing them.
“We are not mentally strong enough to overcome periods in the game when the opposition pressure us.
“We have to be mentally stronger and more confident to continue our good play.
“There are positives and players have to learn quickly.
“I am very happy today with George Saville.
“He has not has his best games in the last two but overall today he was much better.
“But he has to learn to get a win over the line.
“Two goals came from that side.
“We will learn but we have to learn quickly, mistakes will be punished.
“We wanted to win the game and we can be proud of the way we bounced back.
“Our performance has, in periods, been very good but there are things to improve on.”
Brentford brought in two players on loan this week.
Central defender Martin Taylor started the game after signing from Sheffield Wednesday and scored inside two minutes, the fastest Football League goal from a Brentford debutant.
He was also involved in the last-gasp penalty that gave The Bees the win.
Joao Teixeira, who signed from Liverpool, came on as a late substitute.
“I was very happy with Martin Taylor’s contribution,” said Uwe.
“He showed his defensive qualities
“In the first half Alan McCormack and Shaleum Logan were not stopping crosses on our right well enough.
“Martin Taylor and Harlee Dean were exceptional defending our box.
“They were also match winners in the other box.
“He has not played a lot of football, for his first game, I thought he was excellent.
“I was hoping to bring Joao on earlier but the game was back and forwards, like a handball game.
“There were a lot of high balls, second balls; he needs more experience of that.
“He is an exciting player, he can make things happen.”
After goalkeeper David Button was sent off last week Uwe selected Richard Lee to play in goal.
The keeper had not played since December and had recently recovered from shoulder surgery.
Uwe praised his goalkeeper.
“Playing Richard was a gamble,” he admitted.
“I talked about mental strength and experience, that is an example.
“Richard lives on that.
“He has not played for seven or eight months and has not done a lot of team training.
“To come here, perform like he did, he can only do that with his experience and mental strength.”
Brentford’s next game is a televised London derby against Leyton Orient on Monday September 23.
The East London side have won their first six games and are currently top of the table.
Uwe said: “I am not surprised Orient have started well.
“They had a good run at the end of last season.
“They continued this season.
“It will be a big game.
“We normally do well against teams around us and above us.
“I am looking forward to next Monday.
Uwe Rösler’s full post-match reaction is available here for Bees Player subscribers.