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“We kept causing our own downfall”

Dean reflects on this afternoon’s 3-2 defeat to Hull City

9 December 2017

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Bees Head Coach Dean Smith admitted he was very angry with his side’s second-half showing as Hull City came from behind to take the points in Nigel Adkins’ first game as their Head Coach. After a tepid first-half, a David Meyler own-goal gave The Bees the lead just after the break but that advantage lasted just seven minutes as Hull hit back with three goals in 21 minutes. A late John Egan header raised hopes of a dramatic comeback but the home side held on to record what Dean felt was probably a deserved win.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the match, Dean said: “I am very angry to be honest, certainly with the last 40 minutes of the game. We came here and knew that with a new manager they would get a lift. In the first-half we controlled the ball, and the tempo of the game, but didn’t create any clear-cut chances. We scored the goal at the start of the second-half but it all went downhill from there. We gave away a cheap free-kick and the lad hit one he won’t hit again. That proved to be the gamechanger as we kept giving the ball away and inviting them to have another go. It was too little too late at the end. We got the second goal and decided that we could pass it then, which is what we are about. The goalkeeper has made a good save right at the death but for that 20 to 25 minute spell they deserved to win the game.”

Following Meyler’s opener for The Bees, Kamil Grosicki levelled before Seb Larsson fired The Tigers ahead from 30 yards. Jackson Irvine then made it 3-1 to seal the points 15 minutes from time, with Dean left unhappy at the manner of the goals his side conceded.

“The goals were definitely avoidable,” admitted Dean. “Neal Maupay gave a soft free-kick away which we defend ok but the lad which hits one which is a wonder-strike. I will have to look back at it but Daniel Bentley might think he can do better with one from 30 yards. Then Josh Clarke gives the ball away down the line and they break through. We never get a tackle in. I think Frazier Campbell might be offside as he goes for the ball: he doesn’t get it, but he certainly interferes with our players. I have to be honest that they have created two or three chances in the second-half where we have given them a helping hand.”

This afternoon’s defeat saw Brentford drop points from a winning position for the third time in four matches this campaign. Dean admitted that fact might have started to play on the players’ minds late on and could have contributed to their disappointing second-half showing.

“They got the goal and then I don’t know whether, subconsciously or not, we felt we had given up another lead and had to go and chase the game,” said Dean. “We stopped doing what we were good at which is controlling the ball, moving and passing, and we kept getting punished. They didn’t really do anything different to what they were doing in the first-half but we kept causing our own downfall by giving the ball away so cheaply.” 

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