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“The game is about fine margins”

11 March 2017

Dean Smith reflects on this afternoon’s 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith admitted his side looked a little flat during this afternoon’s 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat to Huddersfield Town at Griffin Park. The promotion chasing Terriers scored the only goal of the game on the half-hour as Rajiv Van La Parra’s curling effort deflected past Daniel Bentley off Harlee Dean. Today’s game was The Bees fifth in 18 days and Dean felt his side ran out of steam a little bit against David Wagner’s men.

“It was a disappointing result,” said Dean, speaking to Bees Player after the game. “We started the game well in the first ten minutes but then there was a spell where we went a little bit flat. The endeavours of the last few weeks probably took their toll. It was a poor goal to give away. They didn’t really open us up to create clear cut chances. We then missed a great chance in the second-half. I felt we dropped too deep in the first-half and it allowed them to be comfortable on the ball in their half. In the second-half we started really well. We had two massive chances and if we had taken one of them then it could have been a very different game. I thought the officiating was very poor. We had two clear handballs not given. Sergi Canos got fouled right on the edge of the box. I couldn’t see too much wrong with John Egan’s header. It is obviously not ok to block but it is ok to hold.”

After falling behind The Bees had chances to get back into the game, most notably when Lasse Vibe shot over from close range just after the break. Huddersfield have seen more games decided by one goal than any other team in England’s top four divisions this season and Dean felt today was another example of fine margins working against his side.

“The game is about fine margins,” said Dean. “They are a good team but we believe that we are a good team too. I thought that we more than matched them today. I said earlier in the week that the goal difference shows that there is not too much between us. Unfortunately there is a lot of points between us because they have won games with fine margins like today. If the goal is given, if Lasse takes his chance, if the free-kick is given at the end of the game then it is different. Unfortunately we are not getting loads of those calls at the moment. We are not too far away, I am sure of that.”

The Bees don’t have long to wait for a return to action with Wolverhampton Wanderers heading to Griffin Park on Tuesday evening. Dean admitted that he will look to freshen up his team when they welcome Paul Lambert’s side to West London.

“We have another tough game now against Wolverhampton Wanderers but it will be nice to be back at home,” said Dean. “The supporters can see what we are trying to do. It is the first shutout for a while which you have to give Huddersfield credit for. Jota has played a lot of minutes, Lasse Vibe has come back from injury and played a lot of minutes, and Nico Yennaris has his calf injury. Where we can we have to get some fresh legs out there. It has been a grind but the players know that after the Burton Albion game there is an international break to get some rest and recovery which we will certainly look to do.”

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