Dean Smith reacts to tonight’s 2-1 defeat at Griffin Park
Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith felt his side got out-muscled and out-battled as Wolverhampton Wanderers came to Griffin Park and took the spoils this evening. The Bees took the lead against the run of play on the half-hour as Maxime Colin finished off a slick move but Matt Doherty and Helder Costa struck in the final four minutes as the Paul Lambert’s side eased their relegation fears with the three points.
Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Dean said: “That’s the worst performance at Griffin Park since I took charge. From start to finish we were poor and Wolves deserved the win. I was amazed at half-time to be 1-0 up because we had been that bad. When you look at in the cold light of day did we get outsmarted? Not really. Have they got better players than us? I don’t believe they do. Tonight we got out-muscled and out-battled. That is something that pains me. They came and pressed us high and got in our faces. I can’t remember us winning a header in the middle of the park all night and because of that we ended up on the wrong side of the result.”
Wolves high pressing game meant that The Bees were never afforded time or space on the ball to get into their rhythm and Dean felt those tactics meant The Bees weren’t at it from the off.
“We know that it is a physical league but we normally out-football them,” said Dean. “Tonight our basics on the ball weren’t good enough. Their second goal sums it up. The throw to Nico Yennaris and he takes a touch rather than give it back to Rico and they go and score. We didn’t start well. Maxime Colin and Harlee Dean got in a tangle and gave away a corner. Daniel Bentley has thrown a suicidal ball into Ryan Woods on the edge of the box and it just got worse. Our decision-making tonight was poor and it looked like we had scrambled heads at times.”
Tonight’s fixture was The Bees sixth in 21 days but Dean refused to blame tiredness on the performance. Instead he said that he, and his players, could not wait for Saturday’s fixture at Burton Albion to come around so they could put the defeat out of their system.
“One who concerned me tonight before the game was Jota as he has had a lot of games and he looked tired tonight,” said Dean. “Konstantin Kerschbaumer is coming in fresh. Lasse Vibe hasn’t played a lot minutes because of injury. Sergi Canos didn’t start the game on Saturday and Florian Jozefzoon came on tonight. Nico Yennaris was a concern with his calf but for me it wasn’t about tiredness or fatigue it was just that we got out-battled tonight. I need the Burton Albion game now. After tonight I need a game as soon as possible because I need to put that game to bed. The players are the same: they need the game. They are better than that and they need to go and show that.”