Defender reflects on tonight’s 0-0 draw at Derby County
Yoann Barbet felt Brentford were good value for their point after they played out a goalless draw with Derby County at The iPro Stadium this evening. Ikechi Anya had the hosts’ best chance, forcing a fine save from Daniel Bentley in the first-half while Romaine Sawyers struck a post and had a strong shout for a penalty turned down for The Bees after the break. Speaking after the game, Yoann was pleased with the clean sheet and the point but felt it could maybe have been more.
“It is good to keep a clean sheet, especially away from home against a good team,” Yoann told Bees Player after the match. “We had some chances on the counter-attack and we needed to be better. We had a lot of opportunities, especially in the second-half, but we were poor with the final ball which is a shame. As a team we defended well and didn’t concede a lot of chances which is positive. I am happy to be back in the team and to play 90 minutes. We defended like a team and we played like a team, as the gaffer wanted.”
Injury and the impressive form of John Egan and Harlee Dean had limited Yoann to just one start before tonight’s trip to the East Midlands. However, following Harlee’s suspension, Yoann was drafted in at left-back with Andreas Bjelland moving inside to partner John. Despite not being a natural at full-back, Yoann said he is ready to play wherever Dean needs his too.
“We can take confidence from tonight because we kept a clean sheet and we didn’t lose,” said Yoann. “I think I can be better playing forward but my first job is to defend and we will see for the future. Left-back is not my position but if I have to play left-back I will play left-back, if I have to play striker I will play striker. I will play where the manager needs me and I just need to be ready for when the gaffer needs me. Tonight I played and I gave my best which I think was ok so we will see for the next game. At the moment I am just playing and trying to take my chance to stay on the pitch as long as I can.”
Yoann was an almost ever-present towards the end of his first season in English football, making 18 appearances last year. However, an injury in pre-season saw him fall behind John Egan and Andreas Bjelland in the pecking order at the start of this campaign. The 23-year-old said he had no complaints about being out of the side, especially given The Bees recent form, but is working hard to make sure he is ready to take his chance when it comes.
“I got injured the day before the start of the season but I have been on the bench so that isn’t a problem,” said Yoann. “Both centre-backs have been doing really well: we didn’t concede a lot of goals and we won a lot of games so I don’t know why the gaffer would change that. I just need to be patient and work in training so that I am ready to play if needed. You can’t play 46 games with the same team so everybody has to be ready in case somebody gets injured. We have a good challenge between each other and we help each other all the time which is positive. When someone is injured the others play well because they are ready.”