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Dean Smith 'disappointed with the result' at Bramall Lane

Head Coach looks back on a defeat to start the 17/18 campaign

5 August 2017

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Dean Smith assured iFollow that there were positives to take from the opening day defeat to Sheffield United.

"I'm disappointed with the result but pleased with the performance," said Dean, the Head Coach speaking at Bramall Lane after the final whistle blew on a 1-0 defeat to The Blades. "I thought at times we were very good, we created some chances.

"Unfortunately, it's about putting the ball in the back of the net and we didn't take our chances today. Billy Sharp's had one and has ended up winning the game."

The first half ended with Brentford a goal down after United's main target man, Billy Sharp, had found the net after 38 minutes. Dean explained what he thought of his side's performance.

"Our build up was a lot slower than is normal," said Dean. "I think the pitch dried up very quickly and it looked like a slow game. It looked like it was going to have a nil-nil written all over it.

"We've created a couple of chances; Jota usually does a lot better with the chance he had, Lasse's got on the end of a couple. They had a speculative shot in the first half, which got deflected on to the post, and then they've scored the goal.

"In the first five or 10 minutes in the second half, they scored a couple of disallowed goals for offside. Apart from that, there was a little bit of crowd noise, I can't remember Dan Bentley making a save.

"Their keeper's made a great save against Neal Maupay, and after the subs I thought there was only one team who would go on and get a goal back, then hopefully go and win it. It wasn't to be on the day."

After an hour, Dean introduced two subs to the fray. In total, four players made their debuts, and Dean seemed to be satisfied with his subs' contributions during the match.

"I thought Nico came in and had an impact as well. He's missed the last couple of weeks with a bit of an injury, and he's got 30-35 minutes today. He made a difference, he could've scored, Jota has had a number of shots that didn't quite result in a goal for us. It's disappointing but I certainly feel we're in a much better place than we were last season after the Huddersfield game."

The away end welcomed 1210 Bees fans to the match, something Dean was pleased to see.

"We knew there was going to be a good atmosphere; it's Sheffield United's first game back in the Championship in a number of years. To see the backing that we had was fantastic, and I suppose like me, they can see a lot of positives from today."

On Tuesday, he takes his side to AFC Wimbledon for a tie in the First Round of the Carabao Cup. Asked about the impact of this game on that squad, he said: "It'll have an impact because it's one of those months where you possibly play seven games in a short period of time so we'll have to change it around a little bit then have a look and see how the lads are tomorrow."

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