Bees skipper determined to stop poor form away from Griffin Park
Brentford captain Harlee Dean reflected on the 4-2 defeat at Deepdale that he confessed “was not good enough”. The defender saw his side go in level at half-time but ship three goals to put the game out of reach.
“When we score first we tend to go on and win the game,” said Harlee. “It felt comfortable in the first half and we should have gone in leading. We capitulated in the second half. After they got the second goal I don’t know what happened; we went far too open in trying to get an equaliser. They attacked us with bodies and we were outnumbered and it was probably a bit of naivety.”
The 25-year-old added that the side needed to be smarter on the field if they were to arrest the poor run of form away from home that has seen them lose nine times in 15 games.
“We have to be a bit cleverer,” said Harlee. “Josh McEachran made a foul to stop an attack and that’s what we have to have over the pitch, a bit of savvy. Regardless of the goals they were through one on one with us many times. It’s not good enough and that’s where we are in the league – inconsistent – we go and put two good performances in against Villa and Brighton and then go here and do that, it’s frustrating.
“I think the age is a bit of an excuse. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough. I remember playing Middlesbrough and they were so clever, making fouls to bring you down, little things here and there. We’re neat and tidy on the ball but the nitty gritty things are what we’re missing. We apologise to the people that travelled up; it wasn’t good enough.”
Harlee apologised to the fans for the 400-mile round trip and said their next focus was on Sunday on the training pitch.
“We’ve got a debrief tomorrow and face some truths as there were bad performances and bad decisions,” said Harlee. “We have to look at it, get better, and get consistency for the last games of the season.”