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Henrik Dalsgaard: "We need to be sharper in both boxes"

Bees defender on opening-day defeat

5 August 2017

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"We need to be sharper in both boxes" was the message from defender Henrik Dalsgaard following Brentford's narrow defeat at Sheffield United. The Bees fell behind shortly before the interval thanks to a Billy Sharp header and, despite a revival after half-time, couldn't break through the Blades defence during an end-to-end encounter in South Yorkshire. Henrik, however, was adamant that there are plenty of positives to take from his first experience of English football.

"From a personal point of view I'm glad to have started," Henrik told iFollow. "I have a tough opponent in Maxime (Colin) so I'm happy to be in the team and it's now up to me to keep improving my game. I have to get used to the Championship. It's a tough League - a very good League - so I need time to adjust. I'm sure there'll be better play from us in the next game".

The Bees had plenty of chances during the second period with Lasse Vibe, Nico Yennaris and Neal Maupay all going close. Henrik believes that results will come once the team have had time to settle: "He (Dean Smith) told us at half-time to keep pressing high and that if we kept doing that we would have our chances. I think we had enough chances to earn at least a point today but as I said, I think we need to be sharper at both ends. The goal we conceded was too easy from our perspective.

"We need more time to develop partnerships on the pitch. When we get to know each other fully I'm sure there'll be some good team work. Our focus is on the next game already".

The Danish man was full of praise for the travelling supporters following his first competitive appearance in Brentford colours: "The atmosphere was amazing. The fans all love a good tackle - it's a big reason why I came here".

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