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'It’s something we have got to stamp out'

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9 December 2017

John Egan cut a frustrated figure as he joined iFollow after Brentford’s 3-2 defeat to Hull City on Saturday afternoon. The Irish defender joined us to discuss the match and what the team need to do from here.

“It’s very disappointing,” said John. “In the first half we were comfortable and went in nil-nil at the break.

“We’ve scored very quickly from the restart, we seemed in control and all of a sudden they score from a third or fourth phase after a free-kick. Then they score another goal quickly after that from a free-kick, that was kind of a sucker punch.

“We were chasing the game then, so we’ve got to be a bit more resolute. We need to be a bit more resolute from set pieces, it’s something we have got to stamp out.”

At half time, the game was locked at nil-nil and both sides had created openings in the early stages.

“We knew our game plan was to come here and try to enforce our authority on the game. I felt we did that, we were comfortable and scored the goal.

“Obviously, it’s a good strike for their first goal but I think in the later phases of set pieces we have to try and get to the ball quicker.”

The 25-year was also asked about the potential impact of new boss Nigel Adkins on the home side. He said: “We worry about ourselves and I think for 48 minutes or so we were doing well.

“We deservedly took the lead and then maybe a couple of goals from them pegged us back a little bit and then we started chasing it.

“We know we should be coming away here, going one-nil up and then doing better as a team.”

John got on the scoresheet in the 88th minute, nodding home a ball from Ollie Watkins to make it 3-2.

“We came very close,” he said. “We had a couple where the ball was bouncing around in the box and came close to getting out of jail.

“On another day, we might have done that. We’re very disappointed to lose the game. We feel like we’ve come here, took the lead and then should be keeping control of the game to see it out.

“They were obviously right up for it and both teams were working hard. We’ll try to put it right next week.”


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