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Andreas Bjelland: "We need to be more clinical”

Dane reflects on goalless draw with Barnsley

16 December 2017

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Andreas Bjelland said that Brentford must be ‘more clinical’ following the goalless draw with Barnsley. Dean Smith's men peppered Adam Matthew's goal with Neal Maupay, Romaine Sawyers and Ollie Watkins all going close, but The Bees couldn't make their dominance pay during a damp afternoon in West London.

"I thought we played well," Andreas told iFollow Brentford. “We created plenty of chances; the only thing we needed was a goal or two. We need to be more clinical - we should have killed that game in the first half with a couple of goals. Having not scored in the first half it then became a long game for us; we were looking to push forward and they were trying to catch us on the counter-attack. They had a game plan and they stuck to it but with the chances we created we should have scored at least one goal. If we continue in the same vein we’ll win a lot of games.”

Having shared the points on ten occasions this term, The Bees have now drawn more games than any other side in the Sky Bet Championship. Andreas said that the onus is on Brentford to turn one point into three on a more regular basis:

“If you look at the table and the games which we’ve drawn over the course of the season we should have taken more points – today included. We need to work hard over the next few days and aim to take three points from the next game.”

Despite the frustration of points being dropped at Griffin Park, the Danish international was keen to focus on the positives ahead of next Friday's trip to Carrow Road.

“It’s always nice to get a clean sheet. With the way that we like to push forward, we as defenders have to be alert to counter-attacks - I thought all four of us played well at the back. You’d rather win 4-3 and concede some goals, but the clean sheet is positive. We’ll have a day off tomorrow and then come back and build towards Norwich on Friday.” 

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