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Dean Smith: “That performance can’t happen again.”

3 December 2016

Bees Head Coach on this afternoon’s defeat to Norwich City

Dean Smith admitted that he never thought he would see such a poor performance from his side as he did in this afternoon’s 5-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road. The home side raced into a two goal lead after 15 minutes and added three more after half-time to consign Brentford to their heaviest defeat under Smith.

Speaking to Bees Player after the game, Dean said: “It is a performance that I thought I wouldn’t see from this group of players. It is the polar opposite of what we did against Birmingham City last week. The disappointing thing was that, when the third goal went in, we didn’t do enough to keep the ball out of our net. Sometimes you have to take a 3-0 but we didn’t today. We were very naïve and we did things on our own. For me there wasn’t enough teamwork. I had a chat with the players and that performance can’t happen again. They have got a responsibility to their families and themselves to be better than that. They know that and the only way you can do that is to work hard in training every day to make sure that performance never happens again.”

The Bees were architects of their own downfall in the first-half as John Egan turned a wicked Robbie Brady cross past Daniel Bentley for The Canaries' first goal before Harlee Dean felled Josh Murphy in the box for the hosts second. Dean said that The Bees have to tighten up at the back and stop giving the opposition the number and quality of chances that they are currently.

“We spoke last week and we spoke during the week about staying on our feet and not committing ourselves,” said Dean. “We allowed crosses into our box, didn’t deal with them and they score. Ryan Woods has made a poor pass back into our half. Josh Murphy has picked it up and Harlee Dean has gone to ground and we have conceded another goal. We had chances after that but I am not going to kid myself, so did they and Daniel Bentley made some good saves. Second-half we spoke about what we wanted to do but it was a nothing game until they scored their third. After that we started doing things on our own, lost our shape, lost our organisation, and conceded two more goals.”

Next up for The Bees is a home game against Burton Albion at Griffin Park next Saturday. After four consecutive defeats Dean said that the group have to use the disappointment to turn things around and move back up the table.

“I hope there is a determination to put that right,” said Dean. “You can’t change this result because it has happened but it is future results that you have to put right. Saturday becomes a big game now because we are getting sucked into the wrong end of the league. We want to be away from that and we feel that we have a squad who are better than what they are showing but results show where you are.”

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