Brentford Head Coach speaks after 2-1 win over Preston North End at Griffin Park
Marinus Dijkhuizen admitted it was a big relief to get a first home win as Brentford Head Coach after The Bees came from 1-0 down to beat Preston North End 2-1 at Griffin Park.
Daniel Johnson put North End ahead inside the first minute and it looked for a long time like that would be the decisive goal. However Sergi Canos was introduced on the hour and a minute later he weaved through the Preston defence to set up the equaliser for Lasse Vibe with Marco Djuricin scoring the winner three minutes later.
Speaking to Bees Player after the match Marinus said his players showed a lot of character to get the three points.
“It was a big relief for us and I really enjoyed the second-half,” said Marinus. “There was a spirit in the crowd from how we played. We were 1-0 down inside 30 seconds and struggled in the first 30 minutes of the game but then we got better and better in the game. It was great to win it in the second-half. We needed the win for me and for the players, staff, for myself and for the crowd. It was a big win for us today.
“The boys showed a lot of character in that second-half. Sergi Canos was a great substitute and he bought real quality into the game. We were confident at the back with Yoann Barbet and Harlee Dean who played very well. We have had a lot of problems over the last couple of months with all our injuries and with losing Maxime Colin yesterday as well, so mentally it has been very tough for the players, myself and the staff. They needed that win at home and it feels great.
“We should have finished the game off. We had a lot of chances to make it 3-1. You could feel that the crowd were enjoying it and it was great to have them behind our squad. It was good to win at home and I enjoyed the celebrations a lot.”
The turning point of the match came on the hour as Liverpool loanee Sergi Canos was introduced for his home debut with Lasse Vibe moving inside to play behind Marco Djuricin.
With his first involvement in the game Canos burst through the Preston defence and cut back for Vibe to sidefoot home the equaliser.
Marinus said he was really impressed by what he saw from the young winger especially given the fact it was only a second appearance in the Football League for the 18-year-old.
“Lasse can play very well as a number ten and can score goals,” said Marinus. “He hadn’t been that good in the game up until then and I wanted him in the middle. Sergi is a real winger and with his first touch to set up a goal was brilliant.
“Sergi gave us great energy and I think that every touch he had for the first 15 minutes was great and that was a great achievement for him. It is difficult to come on as a sub with the intensity of the game over here, especially as a young guy, but he has had a good education with Barcelona and he is technically very good so it is a good move for him.”
Maxime Colin was the latest first-team player to join the ranks of the Brentford injury list but Marinus said that there isn’t a timeframe on his return yet although he is hopeful of having one player back in his squad for next weekend’s home game against Sheffield Wednesday.
“There is no news yet on Maxime Colin,” said Marinus. “Maybe James Tarkowski might be back next week but it is difficult to say on the other players. We need to have patience.”
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