“The way we got on in the first-half we put ourselves in a difficult position”
Lasse Vibe felt Brentford deserved at least a point from this afternoon’s trip to Blackburn Rovers but admitted they were let down by their first-half performance at Ewood Park. The striker’s pass set up Scott Hogan for The Bees opener inside a minute but Danny Graham struck twice to put Rovers ahead after 20 minutes. Hogan grabbed a second on the half-hour but Harlee Dean’s own-goal restored Rovers’ advantage which, this time, they held on to to record a 3-2 victory.
Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Lasse said: “The way we got on in the first-half we put ourselves in a difficult position. We created some chances as did they in an open game. We deserved a point but I would rather be here saying that we deserved the three points and that is why I am disappointed. We got a great start. We won the second ball, I played it behind, and Scott Hogan scored a good goal. Sometimes when you get an early goal you can relax but I don’t know if that is what happened to us. They were all over us, putting crosses in, and creating chances. They scored a couple of goals and then we tried to get back in it which we did quite well. We got back in it and then we were unlucky to give away the own goal. From there we controlled the game but they let us have the ball. We created some chances and probably should have got an equaliser.”
The Bees improved in the second-half but couldn’t force Jason Steele into meaningful action in the home goal despite prolonged spells of pressure. Rovers came into the game second from bottom in the table and Lasse felt that today’s defeat showed just how competitive the Championship is as a division.
“At half-time we felt we had been too sloppy and weren’t tracking runners,” said Lasse. “We weren’t good on the ball and we weren’t pressing well so there were lots of things we weren’t happy with. The message was that we weren’t good enough and we had to go out and change that. There were spells in the first-half that we played quite well but in this league everyone is competitive. Even the teams that are down the bottom of the league are competitive and if you are sloppy then they will score goals. In the second-half we had some shots blocked and missed some chances. I think we deserved at least another goal but we didn’t get it.”
This afternoon saw Lasse make his first start since the opening day of October due to injury. The 29-year-old striker admitted that it has been a very tough season so far, after missing games due to the Olympics, suspension, and injury, but he is keen to put that behind him now.
“I was very happy to be back,” said Lasse. “I have had a tough season with injuries. The last five weeks were hard work for me off the pitch. I can’t be happy that we didn’t get the result but on a personal note I was happy to be back. All I am looking for is a bit of consistency really. You want to put in good performances and score goals and get assists but I am just looking to stay out as much as possible and complete as many training sessions as possible while feeling good. There are a lot of games coming up over the Christmas period so hopefully I can have a little peak there. For every striker it is about confidence and I feel really confident in this team. I feel confident that I can score some goals. The most important thing is to get some points on the board, anything else is just a product of that.”