Dean Smith felt his side should have taken something as Nottingham Forest came to West London and won by the odd goal in seven this afternoon. John Egan headed The Bees into a deserved lead just before the break but Forest struck three times in seven minutes around the interval to take control. Andreas Bjelland made it 3-2 with ten minutes to go but again Mark Warburton’s side hit back to re-establish their two-goal advantage. Neal Maupay’s first goal in a Brentford shirt raised hopes of a dramatic finale but Forest held on to take the points.
“We definitely should have taken something,” said Dean, speaking to iFollow Brentford after the match. “I know that sounds mad when the opposition have come here and scored four goals: two world class ones and a deflection. We were in absolute cruise control for 40 minutes. We were well on top of the game and created chances that we didn’t take. We deservedly took the lead but the game turned on the last five minutes of the first-half and the first five minutes of the second-half. We will look back the goals that we conceded and see if we can improve from there.”
After making it 3-1, Forest had chances to put the game to bed as The Bees threw bodies forward. Dean admitted that his side left themselves too open at times but said that attention now needs to switch to Bristol City’s visit on Tuesday.
“After the third goal, we thought we had to go and chase the game,” admitted Dean. “We were two vs two too often and we left our centre-halves isolated. They got the ball into Daryl Murphy and had runners coming off him. I thought we did a little bit better when we got Romaine Sawyers and Kamohelo Mokotjo on as sitters. We have to put the disappointment of the result behind us and concentrate on Bristol City now.”
The introduction of Ollie Watkins, Romaine Sawyers, and Neal Maupay breathed new life into the team with Neal grabbing a late goal to make it 4-3. With the next game just three days away, Dean didn’t rule out making changes as The Bees look for their first league points of the campaign.
“I have just said to the players that there are shirts up for grabs,” said Dean. “We have lost the first two games. I don’t think we warranted the two defeats but it is what it is. You have to play to the best of your ability to keep the shirt. It is too early to say for Tuesday but maybe conceding four goals we need to change things. I have certainly got the quality to do that.”