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Dean Smith on final day defeat to Blackburn Rovers

Bees boss not happy with season finale

7 May 2017

Dean Smith looked back at the defeat to Blackburn Rovers commenting that his players didn’t make the most of their opportunities to win. Rovers won the match but were still relegated due to Birmingham City’s 1-0 victory at Bristol City.

“I thought we were good enough with the ball but not quite so good without it,” said Dean. “You could tell there was a lot at stake for the Blackburn players; they started well. We gave a needless free-kick away and they put it in the top corner. They had players queuing up to score to make it two-nil.

“From then on it was easy for them to drop off and invite us on we never moved the ball quick enough today to open them. I gave them a bit of a rocket at half time as I wasn’t happy. They came out second half and we started really well, scored the goal and I thought we would score more. We’ve had some good situations in the game but never made the most of it.”

The season has ended with Brentford in tenth place, with many players under the age of 24 getting game time in readiness for when the new season starts in early August.

“We’ve got a lot of players with experience in this league,” said Dean. “It’s very demanding physically and mentally; 46 games against some big clubs is tough and I think we’ll be better for it next season.”

A final mention was reserved for Alan McCormack, whose Brentford career ended with a second half substitute appearance.

“[It was] well deserved,” said Dean. “He’s had a fantastic career here. I feel a little bit robbed of Alan because he’s had a few too many injuries and you saw in his cameo today that he came on and was tremendous. He’s got a great battling spirit but what people miss is that he’s a really good footballer and a good person around the place.”

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