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Dean Smith disappointed with game that 'could have gone either way'

24 September 2016

Head Coach looks back on 3-1 defeat to Wolves

Dean Smith was disappointed with defeat at Molineux this afternoon. Brentford lost 3-1 after Sullay Kaikai's first goal for the Club wasn't enough to rescue a point and Wolves finished it in added time.

"We gave them two cheap goals," said Dean. "We gave them the first one, Josh should probably play it wide and ran into trouble. We didn’t have the balance right behind the play, they broke and scored from 65 yards and we have got to be better than that.

"Their second goal should have been our free-kick anyway, it certainly wasn’t a free-kick to them, and they score from that. Games change on decisions and that was a poor decision from the official. Then at 2-1 we have a chance from John Egan with a header, we have a chance with Lasse Vibe and then we should have had a penalty for handball and we didn’t get it.

"After 55 minutes, if the game finishes then I say yeah Wolves deserve it. After that I thought the commitment from our players was excellent and it was a game that could have gone either way but you can’t give teams a two-goal lead."

The last goal was one that made the scoreline look a little one-sided, despite Brentford's fight in the final few minutes. Dean puts it down to trying to get an equaliser until the very end.

"We are trying to get something out of the game," said Dean. "If you can get back to 2-2 then brilliant with two or three minutes to go. We’ll always try and do that, that’s one of the things that this football will try and do; get back into the game where we can. It was a poor ball, they have countered on us and that’s one of those things that happens."

Despite losing the game, the Head Coach did see positives that can be taken forward into the coming weeks.

"[I was pleased with] the reaction to going two goals down. I thought they started to panic towards the end, we put them under an awful lot of pressure and had some good chances. For me it turns on two things, goals are the things that change games, but the decisions give them the free-kick that they score from and the decision to not give the penalty for handball.

"We have two home games on the spin now, it’s important we dust ourselves down and get ready for them."

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