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"The performance and result tonight is for the supporters”

Dean Smith reflects on tonight’s 4-1 victory over QPR

22 August 2017

Brentford took the West London bragging rights in tonight’s Carabao Cup derby after a stunning 4-1 win over rivals QPR at Loftus Road. The Bees were irresistible from the off and found the net three times in a 32 minute first-half onslaught through Ariel Borysiuk’s own-goal, John Egan, and Neal Maupay. Rangers pulled one back before the break but the tie was settled late on when Josh Clarke slammed home Justin Shaibu’s through-ball to fire The Bees into the Third Round.

“It was a really good performance: for 40 minutes we were outstanding and deservedly took a three goal lead,” Dean told iFollow Brentford after the match. “It could have been more as our pace and counter-attacking was excellent. The pace of our front three caused them all sorts of problems. The goal just before half-time was a little disappointing from our point of view because it gave them a little bit of hope. We thought that they would put us under a lot of pressure in the second-half and we had to show a different side of our game: defending long throws and balls into our box. We did that and we always knew there was going to be another counter-attack and goal for us here. We have created better chances at times this season but we were clinical tonight which was pleasing to see.”

Dean made five changes for tonight’s game with Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, Clarke, Egan, Andreas Bjelland, and Luke Daniels the men to come in. The Bees boss was pleased with what he saw from his changes and admits he has some decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s home game with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“Maxime Colin got a chance to play in his natural position and young Ilias Chatzitheodoridis showed the potential that he has got,” said Dean. “We weren’t allowed to make as many changes as we would probably have liked due to the injury list that we have at the moment. The lads certainly played well tonight and the result gives me some thoughts for Saturday.”

The team was roared on by more than 2,200 Bees fans at Loftus Road this evening. After a tough opening to the season, Dean said tonight’s victory was for the fans who have stuck with the team through everything this campaign.

“That performance and result tonight is for the supporters,” said Dean. “It is tough looking at the league table right now even though it is only four games in but we don’t deserve that. We have been playing some really good football and creating good chances. To come here and score four goals, I am led to believe it is our biggest win here, is really pleasing for the supporters. Hopefully they can go home with a smile on their face. Our performances in general have been really pleasing.and the togetherness of the football club is what will keep us performing and getting results. We need the supporters with us and that was there for everybody to see tonight.” 

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