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Yoann Barbet on ‘harsh’ defeat

26 November 2016

Defender reflects on this afternoon’s loss to Birmingham City

Yoann Barbet was left in no doubt that Brentford deserved at least a point from this afternoon’s match against Birmingham City at Griffin Park. Clayton Donaldson and Ryan Shotton were on target for the visitors, who spent much of the match on the back foot, either side of the break to give them a 2-0 lead. Scott Hogan’s 11th of the season raised hopes of a comeback in the final quarter of an hour but Blues held on to take the three points back to St Andrew’s.

After the game, Yoann told Bees Player: “We are all disappointed because we started the game well. We had chances to open the scoring but we conceded a poor goal. We had a lot of the ball and they just sat in their half with two banks of four and tried to break on us. We had to come back and we had big chances to score but their keeper made some great saves or they made the block. We weren’t clinical enough in their box and then it was tough when they scored the second goal. We deserved to score at least one and then we had chances after that: there was an offside goal and we hit the bar. It was harsh to lose.”

The French-defender was employed as a wing-back in a new look 3-5-2 system for The Bees this afternoon. After struggling to break into the team in recent weeks, Yoann was delighted to be back in the starting XI and felt The Bees adapted well to their new system.

“It was a new formation for us today and it was new for me to play at left-wing,” said Yoann. “I tried to play simple and I think we did really well in the first-half. It was almost like playing on the wing sometimes because they want me to get forward but it is good because there are always three defenders to cover you so you can take risks. It is the first-time that I have played there so if I play there again I will do my best. It was hard physically because I haven’t played a lot. It’s new but I think we did well with it. We were unlucky not to equalise because we deserved at least a point.”

Today’s result means The Bees have now won just once since September, a run that includes four games without a win at home, something that Yoann believes can only be turned around through hard work.

“We haven’t won our last four at home so we have to keep working hard to get some points,” said Yoann. “We should have won last week and, as the gaffer said, we should have taken six points this week but we have zero. We just have to stay focussed and be together. That is the only way to get some points. We have a tough game next week so we have to stay together.”

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