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“Some of our play at times was excellent”

1 April 2017

Dean on this afternoon’s 2-0 win over Bristol City

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith felt that his side fully merited the points after they made it back to back league wins with a 2-0 success over Bristol City at Griffin Park. The Bees found the net twice in a dominant first-half through Sergi Canos and Lasse Vibe and, although the visitors improved after the interval, they then stood firm to pick up the three points to move back into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship.

Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Dean said: “For 70 minutes I thought we were very good and played some really expansive football. We moved it well and they had a lot of trouble getting hold of the ball. Some of our one and two touch play was excellent and we were certainly deserving of a two-goal lead, if not more. It was tough coming out here after the abject performance against Wolves but we have now got back to back wins and a clean sheet at home. What takes the gloss off it a little bit is the last 20 minutes. I had Yoann, Rico Henry, and Konstantin Kerschbaumer cramping up. Maxime Colin got a whack in the calf and Sergi Canos took a whack as well. We just looked tired at the end but it was a deserved result and a good performance.”

At stages in the first-half City’s backline was totally overrun as The Bees poured forward in wave after wave of intricate attacking play. Dean was particularly impressed by Ryan Woods’ performance but said that the holding midfielder wasn’t the only one to stand out.

“Some of our play at times was excellent,” said Dean. “We opened them up and created chances. We kept our width really well and switched play which is what we talked about. I thought that Ryan Woods was outstanding in the centre of midfield today. We asked him to do job on Lee Tomlin and they had to change it at half-time to put Callum O’Dowda in there and he did a job again. His use of the ball was excellent and his defensive positioning was great but he certainly wasn’t the only one out there.”

The victory also brought about a long overdue clean sheet as The Bees registered a shutout for the first time in 11 games. Despite conceding three at Burton Albion last time out, Dean stuck with the defensive pairing of Yoann Barbet and Harlee Dean and was happy with how solid his side looked defensively.

“The clean sheet was pleasing,” said Dean. “Tammy Abraham has hit the post with a great header from a cross but I thought that it was justice we didn’t concede today. We have conceded a lot of goals but we have worked hard defensively. We were disappointed with the set-piece goals we conceded at Burton and we were playing against a very big team today. We had to deal with those set-pieces and free-kicks and we dealt with them well. Yoann’s distribution was very good today. He probably felt frustrated that he hasn’t had as many minutes but that was down to the performances of Harlee, John Egan, and Andreas Bjelland. It has been tough for me to choose out of the four of them and Yoann has put in two really good performances.”

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