Frenchman scores and keeps Brentford in it during vital stages of win
Defender Yoann Barbet scored his first goal of the season as Brentford were deserved winners in the latest West London derby played at Griffin Park. The Frenchman crashed home the opening goal in the 31st minute to give The Bees a half time lead, with Rangers manager Ian Holloway protesting that a push had gone unnoticed in the build-up.
“It’s a perfect day for me, for the team, and the fans,” said Yoann. “It’s not easy to win a derby, especially against QPR. It wasn’t our best game if you look at our last three home games. Today we were a little bit sloppy but we were still better than them.”
Even more controversy raged for the visitors as a header from Conor Washington looked to have gone over the Brentford goal line. Barbet cleared the ball away via the bar, with the 23-year-old claiming the goal should have been awarded.
“To be honest, I think the ball was probably in but I tried to save it on the line,” said Yoann. “It was a shame for them if it was a goal but we scored the second. Maybe it changed the game but we won, that’s the main point.”
Jota took the plaudits for his display in the win, and also the penalty kick, which are normally Barbet’s. The Frenchman revealed that prior to the game, Brentford’s backroom staff provided information on where Rangers goalkeeper Alex Smithies would most likely dive, which proved correct.
“He [Jota] deserved to score the two goals today,” said Yoann. “I would have liked to take the penalty but he said he missed last week and had to score. I said okay and for him to enjoy. We knew the goalkeeper dived 12 out of the last 15 times to his right. The touch on the last one was just unbelievable. Maybe only he can do it at the moment.”
For Yoann, he has displaced John Egan as Harlee Dean’s centre back partner, and has only once featured on the losing side in recent games.
“I had to wait to wait five or six games ago to play my first game as centre back,” said Yoann. “I’ve played left back and it’s better to play there than nothing. It was hard but have the chance to play; I give my best and I’m a little bit lucky also as we are almost winning every game. I’ve lost only against Cardiff so it’s good for me and hope we do the same against Fulham next week.”