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“We deserved to win tonight and we didn’t: that is what hurts”

14 February 2017

Dean Smith reacts to tonight’s 3-2 defeat to Reading

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith thought his players were excellent tonight despite falling to a 3-2 defeat at The Madejski Stadium against Play-Off chasing Reading. The hosts took the lead midway through the first-half thanks to former Bees loanee John Swift. However, The Bees responded well and turned things around in the second-half with goals from Jota and Lasse Vibe before a late show from The Royals ensured the points stayed in Berkshire. 

“It is very tough because the players were excellent tonight,” said Dean, speaking to Bees Player after the match. “In the first 15 to 20 minutes they came right at us, we didn’t get high enough, and lost too many second balls but we dealt with that and finished the first-half stronger. We could have had a penalty at the end of the half and in the second-half we were magnificent. We had so many chances tonight and should have been out of sight but we didn’t kill the game. Unfortunately for Dan Bentley he made a very rare mistake. The second goal was very contentious as well: their lad catches the ball and runs ten yards to take the throw in. I am frustrated and disappointed but pleased with the players’ performances.”

The Bees registered 23 attempts on goal in this evening’s defeat at The Madejski Stadium. Once more Dean was pleased with how potent his side looked going forward and felt that that was one of the major positives to take from tonight’s game.

“We have to take the positives from today and there were a number of positives to take,” said Dean. “We had great support tonight and the fans were terrific. You can see that they appreciate the effort that the players put in today especially on the back of Saturday. They applauded them off so they can see what we are trying to do and the performance levels today. We deserved to win tonight and we didn’t: that is what hurts. I thought our attacking play was very good. Sergi Canos was good in the first-half and had a number of chances. He worked the keeper, Lasse Vibe has worked the keeper, and Nico Yennaris has worked the keeper and that was all in the first-half. There was more to come in the second-half too.”

After conceding three goals in the second-half to lose at Preston North End on Saturday, Dean felt his side were much better defensively this evening, despite again conceding three. The Bees boss admits that his group are still a work in progress but believes that the signs are positive.

“It is a young group of players,” said Dean. “They are learning all the time and people can see from their performances over the last few weeks that they are getting better. They will be a force to be reckoned with soon. We made mistakes at Preston on Saturday. For me we had a meltdown for 15 minutes when we conceded the third goal. I thought we addressed that tonight: there was no meltdown tonight. I thought the players defended very well but we have just made a couple of individual errors for the goals.”

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