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“It was probably as good a performance as I have had since I came here”

14 April 2017

Dean Smith reflects on 4-0 win over Derby County

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith rated his side’s performance in this afternoon’s win over Derby County as the best during his time at Griffin Park. Lasse Vibe and Jota struck twice each as The Rams were torn apart by a rampant Brentford as The Bees wrapped up a fourth win in five league games.

Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Dean said: “It was probably as good a performance as I have had since I came here. I asked the players to get their standards back to the Leeds United game because I was disappointed down at Cardiff City last Saturday. Today it was there for us all to see. It’s now three home games without conceding a goal and scoring eight goals which will certainly get the punters coming back for more. Anybody who comes at us for a football game can get out-footballed and get a result like that. They found that out today.”

The Bees led 1-0 at the break thanks to Lasse Vibe’s close range finish after a dominant first-half showing. Having been ahead at the break last Saturday down in Cardiff, before going on to lose the game, Dean was keen to ensure there was no repeat of that today.

“The first half set the tone for us with our passing and movement,” said Dean. “I put a little bit of pressure on them at half time because we have been dropping off in the second-half over the last few games. I told them that if anyone drops then I would drag them. They went out there and put in a performance although I must admit that I was pleased when the second goal came because they had started to see a lot of the ball and we dropped a little bit deeper. That second goal killed the game off. The substitutes came on and got us higher up the pitch which certainly helped us.”

The clean sheet was Brentford’s 13th of the season and third in a row at home. Dean admitted that it has been nice to keep a few more clean sheets in recent weeks while still looking like a threat going forward.

“I am pleased for the whole team because since the turn of the year there has been a more aggressive, attacking mindset,” said Dean. “We have scored a lot of goals but we have also conceded a lot so it is nice that we have kept a few clean sheets over the last few games. That just shows that you can actually defend with good organisation when you are attacking.”

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