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Harlee Dean calls Wednesday win 'a good defensive battle'

22 February 2017

Captain sees a lot of positives after tough victory

Harlee Dean was happy with the way Brentford fought their way to all three points at Hillsborough on Tuesday evening. The centre-back spoke to Bees Player after the final whistle blew on a 2-1 win for Dean Smith's side.

"It was a good defensive battle really," said Harlee. "I think first half we played really well, had a lot of chances and controlled the game.

"Second half they came out, had the wind behind them and it feels like it goes downhill as well here. They launched balls at us and had bodies around us, it became a second ball game really. Everyone dealt with it, made some great blocks and some great saves, and it was a good performanc,e."

Harlee got himself on the scoresheet alongside defensive partner John Egan, which was just enough to overcome Wednesday. The Owls scored a late consolation and put The Bees under some heavy pressure in search of an equaliser in the final minutes, Dan Bentley coming to the rescue on more than one occasion.

"It's good to chip in with a few goals," said Harlee. "I think the deliveries from Woodsy and Jota were brilliant. They are something we work on and it's one of our philosophies here at the club. It's good to get on the scoresheet and win the game for the team.

"[Dan]'s made a couple of good saves at the end and he's just a big presence behind. I thought he did really well. I think he's a very good keeper, probably the best we've had here, some of the stuff he does in training is unbelieveble. He's a top professional, he works day-in day-out the same, and it's a pleasure to play with him."

Overall, the skipper was pleased with the team's performance.

"I think we may look at the second half a little disappointed when we analyse it because I think we surrendered posession and were happy to defend. It's good psychologically from us that we can stay in the game and not lose.

"It was disappointing to concede late on but when you have that much pressure on you, it's hard to soak it all up. It's a different sort of side of us that people have seen tonight and it's good to get the win."

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