Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith was at a loss to explain how his side failed to take all three points from tonight’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Bristol City at Griffin Park. The visitors, who took an early lead through Josh Brownhill, were second-best for most of the match but snatched a dramatic point eight minutes into injury-time, after Ollie Watkins and Neal Maupay had netted for The Bees. Brentford had 24 shots to City’s eight but in the end had to settle for just the solitary point.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the match, Dean said: “I am proud of how they played. If you can go and dominate teams like we did tonight, then I have no problem. If we play like that, week in week out, then we will be a top six team. I believe that Bristol City are a good team and there looked a massive gulf tonight. It was the most one-sided game in the Championship I have been involved in. How we didn’t get three points is beyond me but unfortunately a couple of ricochets have seen them score goals.”
Trailing at the break, The Bees levelled 11 minutes into the second-half thanks to Watkins’ towering header from a pinpoint Jota cross. Neal Maupay then came off the bench to make it 2-1 inside the final quarter of an hour. Dean was impressed by Ollie’s performance but felt he was just one of many standouts on the night.
“I thought Ollie was excellent tonight and he caused them problems all game with his ball carrying,” said Dean. “It is wrong to single one player out because I thought that they were all excellent. Lasse ran the line really well and kept their centre-halves in trouble for 70 minutes. Neal has come on and scored a great goal. Romaine and Nico got the ball to Josh, Ollie, and Jota. Harlee and Yoann came in and did well. I am pleased with the whole team, it was an excellent team performance.”
The eight minutes of second-half added time came as a result of an ankle injury suffered by Josh McEachran in the closing stages. Dean admitted that he didn’t know the extent of Josh’s injury but hoped that it wouldn’t keep him out for too long.
“Josh has gone over on this ankle and felt something,” said Dean. “He has got stretchered off which was a disappointment because he was pulling the strings today. He looked fantastic out there and every bit a Premier League player to be honest. We are hoping that it is nothing serious and he will be back playing soon.”