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"We haven’t got the return that we wanted”

Dean Smith reflects on Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Ipswich Town at Portman Road

19 August 2017

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith felt it was a case of déjà vu as his side dominated for long periods before falling to defeat against Ipswich Town this afternoon. The Bees had a string of first-half chances but fell behind ten minutes before the break as Martyn Waghorn tapped home from close range. Joe Garner doubled the hosts advantage from a corner three minutes into the second-half as Mick McCarthy's side wrapped up a fifth straight win this season.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Dean said: “Frustration is the key word for myself and the players at the moment. We performed well in the first-half today, not so much in the second-half when I felt we were a bit sloppy after the second goal. They broke things up easily and we didn’t show enough nous. First-half I thought we were tremendous: we created a lot of chances but didn’t take them. They have one ricochet and score. It is a little bit of déjà vu but we have to put that right.”

Today’s defeat means that The Bees have taken just one point from their opening four matches, despite dominating all four Championship games they have played. Dean said that his frustration is shared by the players but said they just have to keep believing in what they are doing.  

“The players are as frustrated as the coaching staff as they are the ones involved in the game,” said Dean. “They know how comfortable they are. Knowing the possession and chances that they are creating does get frustrating but they have got to keep believing in what they are doing. We haven’t got the return that we wanted. We wanted a really good start to the season. Performance wise we have had that but we haven’t had it with results.”

The Bees cause this season hasn’t been helped with a number of players picking up injuries in the opening month of the season. Jota, Rico Henry, Josh McEachran, and Sergi Canos all missed this afternoon’s trip to East Anglia with Dean unsure when he will have the quartet back in contention.  

“Jota has had an on-going back problem for the last couple of weeks,” said Dean. “He came in on Friday morning and said it wasn’t good enough to travel or train. We had to pull his out of the squad. It was the same with Rico Henry because his knee didn’t feel right when he came in yesterday. We had a really healthy squad at the start of the season, and looking forward to it, and we ended up with two B Team players on the bench today and young Theo Archibald went and made his debut. Tuesday might be early for some of the injured lads but hopeful for Saturday. Ryan Woods is on compassionate leave and comes in on Monday. We will have to assess how he is and we will have to assess a few others tomorrow as well.”


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