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"It was an even game between two good teams”

Dean Smith reflects on this afternoon’s goalless draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers

26 August 2017

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Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith felt that a draw was probably the fair result as The Bees and Wolves played out an entertaining encounter at Griffin Park this afternoon. Both sides had chances to win it with Jota striking a post for the home side while Daniel Bentley made a number of crucial saves to deny Wolves' frontline.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Dean said: “It was probably our toughest game this season. Wolverhampton Wanderers are a good team and have a great structure about how they play. They attack with five and defend with five. They made it difficult for us but we still created some really good chances. On another day we could have won the game. However, we also conceded some good chances so we could have lost it. I thought it was an even game between two good teams and probably a fair result in the end.”

The shutout was The Bees first this season after conceding nine in their opening four Sky Bet Championship games this term. Dean saw the first clean sheet of the campaign as a big positive to take from the game especially as he felt his side should have had more clean sheets, and points, from the opening weeks.

“The clean sheet was a big positive for the lads,” admitted Dean. “They have been working really hard all through pre-season and the first month of the season. There have been an awful lot of games and I felt that some of our performances deserved clean sheets. We have actually played very well and some of our play has been better than last season but we haven’t got the points to back that up. That has been the frustration for all. You can see some of that frustration in the players at times.”

A spate of injuries have stretched Dean’s squad to the limit during the opening seven games of the season. While Wolves were able to make 11 changes for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie, Dean had to rely on five of this afternoon’s starters for their midweek trip to QPR. Dean admits that he is thankful for the upcoming international break as it will give some of his injured men a chance to return to full-fitness.

“We went to QPR on Tuesday night and put in a good performance but I had players playing in that who I would rather have rested,” said Dean. “With the injury list at that time I wasn’t able to do that and they had to play again. Wolves were able to change their whole team on Tuesday night so they came in a little fresher. It is a squad game and the team are working really hard. The good thing is that now we have a little break and the players who have picked up injuries can recuperate and get back to fitness.” 

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