Brentford Head Coach on this afternoon’s 1-1 draw at Oakwell
Dean Smith was pleased to leave South Yorkshire with a point after Florian Jozefzoon’s first goal in Brentford colours cancelled out Marley Watkins’ deflected effort at Oakwell. Watkins gave the hosts the lead just before the half-hour but Jozefzoon collected Jota’s pass and dinked home just before the break to level things up. Dean admitted that it wasn’t the greatest first-half performance from his side but was happy to extend his side’s good recent run.
“The first-half we were poor, nowhere near our standards,” said Dean, speaking to Bees Player after the game. “We played in front of them and made it difficult for ourselves. We were fortunate to go in level to be honest. They got a cross in where they shouldn’t, a poor clearance from Harlee Dean went to their guy and it got deflected in. It was one of those halves of football but we managed to score with our best flowing move of the half. It was a great first time ball inside from Romaine Sawyers to Jota and it was a great ball to get Florian Jozefzoon in for his first goal. I am pleased that we did get back into the game but it was a first-half to forget. Anywhere in the Championship that you come back from unbeaten is a good result because it is such a tough league.”
Dean made four changes for the trip to Oakwell with Jozefzoon, Jack Bonham, Konstantin Kerschnaumer, and John Egan coming in following Friday’s win over Derby County. The Bees Head Coach said it was nice to freshen things up and he was pleased with how his changes performed.
“Today gave me the opportunity to change it around a little bit,” said Dean. “Ourselves and Barnsley are both mid-table teams and Florian hasn’t had a start for a while. It gave me a chance to give him a start and get a good 90 minutes out of him. I am pleased for him to get his first goal because he has threatened a number of times without it coming off. I don’t think today really taught me too much because I see it in training. It is pleasing for the likes of Jack and Florian that other people have seen it too. Konstantin Kerschbaumer has been doing well and came back in.”
This afternoon’s fixture also saw Jack Bonham make his full league debut for Brentford. The goalkeeper made a number of crucial saves, including two stunning full-stretch saves to deny George Moncur, and Dean was pleased that Jack’s performance proved his doubters wrong.
“I have been here for 15 months now and Jack has been excellent in training,” said Dean. “He has been unfortunate because of the calibre of players we have had here. David Button was excellent and this season we brought in Daniel Bentley who has been excellent as well. Jack has been very patient. I know there were some eyebrows raised because of some games before I came here but he has dispelled all that now because it was an excellent performance. He made some really good saves for us.”