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Dean: “It is great to have that winning feeling again”

10 December 2016

Head Coach on this afternoon’s 2-1 win over Burton Albion

Dean Smith was pleased with his side’s display as they ended a four game losing streak by beating Burton Albion 2-1 at Griffin Park this afternoon but felt they could, and should, have made it easier for themselves against Nigel Clough’s Brewers. Scott Hogan’s delicate finish put The Bees ahead inside the opening quarter of an hour but the visitors found themselves level before the break as Jamie Ward’s low shot beat Daniel Bentley from 15 yards. Brentford had a number of chances to retake the lead before the break with Dean admitted he was left worrying it could be a frustrating afternoon for his side.

“I thought we put in a decent performance although we were a little bit too loose on the ball in the second-half,” said Dean, speaking to Bees Player after the game. “With the chances that we created we should have been home and dry a lot earlier than we were. The two we did take were great goals. The first one with a short corner routine and then Romaine Sawyers, 30 yards out, with an unbelievable ball to Scott Hogan who finished superbly. I thought that was what we deserved as, for the first 25 minutes, I thought we were excellent. There was some great play and we controlled the game with our possession. We scored the goal and seemed to step off it a bit. They scored with probably their first chance. After that you are hoping its not going to be one of those days but, on chances created, we were well ahead.”

The Bees did find an all-important second seven minutes into the second-half as Hogan reacted fastest to Josh McEachran’s deflected pass, rounded Jon McLaughlin, and slid home from a tight angle. Give the recent run of results, Dean was pleased with his side’s defending and resolve to see out the game in the closing stages.

“They changed shape a couple of times and we had to change as well,” said Dean. “I felt when we won the ball back we looked a threat but our final ball let us down in terms of killing the game off earlier. They were always a threat putting balls into our box but our centre-halves dealt with it well. The second goal was Josh McEachran winning the ball quite high and slotting the ball into Scott who did what he does best. It should have been more comfortable as Scott gets in but their centre-half goes over for one of the softest fouls I’ve ever seen. At 2-1 we had to defend manfully at times but the players who went on all did well. Apart from the final pass, Lasse Vibe made a great contribution as did Tom Field when he came on.”

The Bees are straight back into action this week with a trip to Bristol City coming up on Tuesday night before heading to Elland Road to face Leeds United on Saturday. With three games in a week Dean sees this as a great opportunity to put a run of form together to lift the team back up the Sky Bet Championship table.

“It will be a tough game because Lee Johnson has Bristol City right at it,” said Dean. “We have to recover well which is the first thing. It is great to have that winning feeling again, but it is about following it up with another result. I won’t get too high and I won’t get too low. Today is an important three points. This is a tough league. Burton Albion aren’t going to roll over for anybody and the next game is going to be tough against Bristol City as well.”

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