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“We didn’t play anything like how we can”

21 January 2017

Daniel Bentley looks back on today’s defeat to Wigan Athletic

Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley felt The Bees lost too many individual battles as they were beaten 2-1 by Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium this afternoon. Sam Morsy fired The Latics into the lead just before the half-hour and it was his shot, four minutes later, which Harlee Dean deflected into his own net for Wigan’s second. Jota pulled one back late on but it wasn’t enough as Dean Smith’s side fell to back-to-back league defeats.

Speaking to Bees Player after the game, Daniel said: “I thought that first-half we were second best all over the pitch. They wanted it more than we did and that’s not how we are set up to play. We give ourselves an identity that we want to win more than anybody else but today that wasn’t the case and that is why we have come away with nothing. It wasn’t a conscious thing: we didn’t set out to lose by any means. We have a good bunch of lads in there and they would never down tools but they just wanted it that little bit more. I think we tried to play a little bit too much football and lost the battle. We have lost individuals battles today and it seemed that when there was a 50/50 they seemed to get more bodies on the line.”

After last weekend’s stirring performance against league leaders Newcastle United, The Bees were very slow to start with in Lancashire, something Daniel was at a loss to explain.

“We didn’t play anything like how we can,” said Daniel. “We were poor and expected to go in at half-time and be told how poor we were. It didn’t need Dean Smith to tell us that, we knew that we were poor. We tried to put it right in the second-half, we had a lot of the ball, but ultimately it wasn’t to be. The first-half was why we lost the game today. You could see the hunger against Newcastle United. I can’t put my finger on the difference. We will all sit and digest this, as we do after every game, and say what has to be said. There will be a debrief on Monday where the management team will go through the things that need to be addressed. I can’t explain why there as that difference in performance but last weekend there was that bit more hunger.”

Next up for The Bees is an Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday. Daniel insisted that the upcoming trip to Stamford Bridge hasn’t been in the players’ minds yet and said that the team are not going just to enjoy the day next weekend.

“I haven’t thought about the Chelsea game,” said Daniel. “It’s great that we get to go to a Premier League ground to test ourselves against the best team in the country but today wasn’t about Chelsea, it was about Wigan. The fact that we didn’t get what we wanted today is disappointing. Chelsea will be our emphasis after Monday once we go through today’s game. I am sure that they will think they are a better team than us but we will go there looking to win the game. We want to be in the hat for the next round and keep going to places like Stamford Bridge. It is not a day out for me, I want to go and win the game. It is a day out for the fans and the families but for the players it is not a day out: it is business as usual. We will be getting back to who we are as a team on the training ground this week leading into the game.”

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