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“Our discipline cost us goals today and you can’t do that”

11 February 2017

Head Coach Dean Smith reflects on this afternoon’s 4-2 defeat to Preston North End

Dean Smith said Brentford were caught short defensively at Deepdale this afternoon as Preston North End came from behind to take the points after a 4-2 win. The Bees took a 12th minute lead with Tom Field’s header but Aiden McGeady equalised shortly after. Despite enjoying the better of the game, Smith’s side fell behind shortly after the break as Callum Robinson netted and two goals in three minutes from McGeady and Daryl Horgan wrapped up the game despite a late Maxime Colin strike.

Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Dean said: “You would have said we should have left with a point after an hour but once they scored the third goal we opened up too much and they could have had more. On the flip side of it we could have scored more as well. We were very aggressive with our attacking but defensively we left ourselves short and that is the disappointing thing today. We started the game really well and took a deserved lead. We were comfortable at half-time and I told the players that. I thought we just had to move the ball quicker, take less touches, and if we went out in the second-half with that message we would be ok. We then conceded a poor second goal. After that I thought we played alright: we got back on the ball and created chances. We had an awful lot of pressure but we just couldn’t find a breakthrough to get on level terms.”

After conceding twice in the space of three minutes against Brighton and Hove Albion last Sunday, the deciding two goals for North End arrived inside three minutes of each other late on this afternoon. Dean said his side have got to be more disciplined and switched on defensively to cut out the defensive errors that are costing them dear.

“One goal-kick which we didn’t defend very well and McGeady sticks it in the top corner from 25 yards,” said Dean. “From there we lost our organisation and our discipline, we opened up too easily and they could have scored more. We need to be disciplined and have emotional control. Football is about scoring goals and you can’t get too emotionally involved when the opposition score one. You have to do the things that are right. You can’t just do it right every now and again. We didn’t defend right for the third or the fourth goal. Our discipline cost us goals today and you can’t do that. The game changes on little moments. If we had got that goal to pull it back to 2-2 I think we would have gone on to win the game.”

The Bees are straight back into action this week with a short trip down the M4 to Reading on Tuesday night. Dean is expecting another tough examination against The Royals and said his side have to be ready to win the physical battle at The Madjeski Stadium.

“It will be another tough game,” said Dean. “We knew that we had to be ready for three tough games away from home. I thought that we were well prepared for the game today. We started the game well but indiscipline cost us. They are going well this season: Jaap Stam has done a great job there this season. We had a great run against them at home this season but we had a great result against Preston at home. We have to make sure that we are ready for the battle. We went to Birmingham City and won comfortably 3-1. Here we were turned over and we can’t be conceding the amount of goals that we conceded today.”

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