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Dean Smith reflects on a ‘good point’ at Portman Road

4 March 2017

Brentford Head Coach on Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town

Dean Smith felt his side were worth their point after Nico Yennaris’ fifth of the season secured a share of the spoils at Portman Road this afternoon. Ipswich took the lead after 25 minutes when Emyr Huws controlled and finished from inside the box. Brentford’s leveller came on the stroke of half-time as Yennaris lofted Romaine Sawyers fine through ball past Bartosz Bialkowski and into the back of the net.

Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Dean said: “It is a good point because Ipswich Town are on a good run of form at the moment. We started the game quite well, especially in the first five minutes, but after that they came into our half and put us under a bit more pressure. They never really opened us up or worked Daniel Bentley but it was good execution from the player for the goal. It was a bit fortunate the way that the ball bounced to him but if we are nit-picking then we could have put a bit more pressure on the cross. We came back from that and scored a really good goal of our own. It was a great run and a great ball from Romaine Sawyers to see Nico Yennaris arrive and score another goal.”

As the game wore on The Bees took control and looked the more likely to find a late winner. Dean was pleased with the way that his side performed after the break and how promising they looked going forward.

“We did the other side of the game today,” said Dean. “We were committed and won challenges and I was pleased with that. In the second-half I thought we were the better team and the more likely to win the game. Our use of the ball was better. We recycled it and spread the play which we thought that we had to do against Ipswich with their system. I didn’t think that the pitch helped with flowing football. The pitch slowed up a bit but we were on the front foot. Lasse Vibe gave us 65 minutes after being out for a couple of weeks. We certainly ask questions of teams going forward now.”

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Andreas Bjelland’s second-half injury meant that Yoann Barbet saw his first action since the end of January as his replacement. With injuries and suspensions starting to add up, Dean revealed that he has been pleased with the impact that his squad members have had in recent weeks.

“I think that Andreas Bjelland has pulled his hamstring while striking the ball,” said Dean. “The pitch takes a lot out of the players. It is one of the few remaining soil pitches and there were a lot of tired bodies at the end. Yoann Barbet did himself proud today. He has been patient this season. It has been frustrating season because he ended the season so well last year. It was good that we had a B Team game during the week and I had no worries about throwing him on. Some players haven’t had as much game time as they would have liked but they have all been an asset to the squad. It was a tough decision not to play Konstantin Kerschbaumer today but I had to bring Lasse Vibe back because we are struggling for centre-forwards.”

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