Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith on tonight’s 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest
Dean Smith said tonight’s win over Nottingham Forest at The City Ground set a standard that his team now have to keep hitting. The Bees dominated from the outset and took a 17th minute lead through Lasse Vibe. The Danish striker doubled the advantage after the break with his ninth of the season before Jota wrapped up the points with 20 minutes to play. Ben Brereton and Zach Clough scored consolations late on but it wasn’t enough to deprive Dean Smith’s side of a deserved three points.
Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Dean said: “I thought we were excellent tonight. The two consolation goals took the gloss off it but it was a great result. We knew that they have done well in recent weeks and started well in games. We wanted to make sure that we countered that. We dominated the first-half and they came into it in the second-half. We didn’t see as much of the ball in the second-half but we defended well and always looked like a threat on the counter. I thought we were comfortable: Daniel Bentley was never that tested until the last ten minutes. The players set the standards and I expect them to keep them. They certainly don’t need me pushing them to put in the performance: they are doing it themselves. We have a lot of young players who are finding their feet and doing well.”
The Bees’ opening goal came as a result of a lightening quick counter-attack, Jota playing the final ball through to Vibe, while a surging run from Sergi Canos set up Lasse for his second. The Bees frontman returned the favour for Brentford’s third, releasing Jota to net his sixth goal in seven games, with Dean purring at the quality of his side’s attacking play.
“They were great goals,” said Dean. “It was great counter-attacking. Daniel Bentley has caught one and thrown it out to Jota who set the first goal up for Lasse Vibe. We had a great break from Sergi Canos for the second goal for Lasse and Jota does what he does with a great finish for the third goal. There were some really good finishes and some excellent performances.”
With promotion chasing Huddersfield Town coming to Griffin Park on Saturday, Dean rested a number of regulars in the latter stages with Jota, Lasse Vibe, and Nico Yennaris all getting a break ahead of the visit from The Terriers. Tonight’s game also gave Dean a chance to hand a professional debut to 19-year-old Reece Cole, the latest B Team player to make their first-team bow this campaign.
“At 3-0 we were very comfortable and well deserving of that,” admitted Dean. “It gave me a chance to rest Lasse Vibe and Jota ahead of Saturday and get some young players on. We got Reece Cole from The B Team on for his debut. It is a great experience. We have another tough game on Saturday against Huddersfield Town. It will be a tough game so tonight gave me a chance to get those players on. It is important as it shows the others that there is a pathway here for them to get into the first team.”