Head Coach reacts to this afternoon’s 2-0 defeat at Griffin Park
Dean Smith didn’t feel his side created enough to take the three points this afternoon as Barnsley became the first side to beat The Bees at home since March. The Tykes opened the scoring just before the half-hour as Adam Armstrong made the most of a poor defensive header to fire the visitors in front. That advantage was doubled midway through the second-half thanks to Sam Winnall’s close range finish. The Bees tried to mount a late comeback but couldn’t find any way through Barnsley’s disciplined defence.
Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Dean said: “I am frustrated and disappointed because we have got a proud home record. It was a game that we could have won. We controlled the ball in the first-half without creating too many chances: Scott Hogan got in on one over the top and Maxime Colin was inches away on another one. We gave them a helping hand not defending a lump into our box, their lad has miskicked it and it has gone in. It was that sort of game today. The onus is always on us as the home team and I thought we started the game really well. We were on the front foot, had a lot of possession, but didn’t create a lot of chances. In the second-half I wanted a good start and we didn’t really get that. I thought they started the half better than we did but then we took over the game, had a number of chances but didn’t take them.”
Today’s defeat spelled the end of a ten match unbeaten home run for Dean’s side, stretching back into last season. Despite the defeat Dean felt his side were the better team over the 90 minutes but that Barnsley got the goals when it mattered.
“It felt like the Wigan game where we huffed and puffed but it just wasn’t going to be today,” said Dean. “We have been very good here and they will probably feel that they have got away with one. There is no doubt in my mind that we were the better team. We controlled large spells of it but they have got the goals which is what counts. The performance can certainly be better, we know that. We need to work harder and we need to work quicker, and smarter. The first goal was the killer today. After that they killed time, which I don’t blame them for, and the onus is on us. They have caught us on the counter for the second.”
Attention now turns to Friday night’s trip to Loftus Road for the West London derby against Queens Park Rangers. After the disappointment of today’s result, Dean feels there are a few places up for grabs in the team and expects the players to work hard this week to force themselves into his reckoning.
“It is a big game coming up against QPR," said Dean. "It is a local derby and there are bragging rights up for grabs. We know how important it is for the supporters so we need to go there and make sure we put in a better performance than we did today. There is a lot of competition for that game now. We probably had a few players who were above average today but in this league you need to have more.”