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“I know how important that was to a lot of supporters so it was very pleasing”

22 April 2017

Dean Smith reacts to this afternoon’s 3-1 win over QPR at Griffin Park

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith felt his side were worthy winners as they beat local rivals Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at Griffin Park this afternoon. Yoann Barbet fired The Bees ahead on the half-hour before Jota made it 2-0 from the spot after the break. Joel Lynch cut the deficit in half almost immediately only for a sublime goal from Jota to restore The Bees two goal lead and ensure a first league double over QPR since 1965.

“I know how important that was to a lot of supporters so it was very pleasing,” Dean told Bees Player after the match. “I am usually one about the performance but the result was the important thing today I thought we were worthy winners but we can play better than that. I am really pleased because the statistic about the double is one for those players in there to laud. I know how disappointed the fans felt last year when we got beaten there 3-0. To win 2-0 at their place and then comfortably win the game here, that certainly gives us a lot of bragging rights.”

With the giant frame of Matt Smith leading the line for Ian Holloway’s side, The Bees had to stand up to an aerial bombardment at times this afternoon. Dean was pleased with how his side withstood up to that physical challenge and then how they went and imposed their style of play on the game.

“We always knew that they would be a threat from set-pieces with the players that they have got,” said Dean. “We wanted to minimise the free-kicks and the corners. They looked to play off Matt Smith and I thought that we handled that really well at times but I thought we were a little bit slow on the ball. I am disappointed that we conceded the goal because we had kept three straight clean sheets which is really pleasing given the calibre of opposition you come up against every week in this league. When we switched play we looked very dangerous and created overloads on the outside. Jota was fantastic: some of the things that he did on the ball today were eye-catching. It was a great crossfield ball and a great touch before the finish."

In recent weeks at Griffin Park, The Bees have blown oppositions away with their attacking play, scoring eight in their three games before today without reply. However, Dean felt his players showed a different side to their play this afternoon which bodes well for the future. 

“It was a team performance today,” said Dean. “We had to grind it out: it wasn’t just a case of us getting on the ball. One of the things that I was really pleased with was how we played it out from the back today. It was something that we wanted to work on and we got our patterns right from there. We were a little bit loose at times in the final third and they were always a threat when the game broke down. They are a talented group of players but with talent you have to go and work hard and do the ugly side of the game. When the lungs are burning, you still keep going, and the lads did that today.”

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