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Dean Smith: “It’s an opportunity lost”

Head Coach on Burton Albion draw

21 November 2017

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Dean Smith cut a frustrated figure following his side’s 1-1 draw at home to Burton Albion. Florian Jozefzoon injected some much-needed spark after an uneventful first period; curling an ambitious free-kick into the top corner in a carbon copy of his first Griffin Park goal against Sunderland. But with The Bees pressing for a second, Ben Turner converted the visitors’ only shot on target to earn Albion a share of the spoils.

“That’s our poorest performance of the season, with and without the ball,” admitted Dean. “I look back and think that I should have made a few changes today. Burton came to frustrate us and they succeeded in doing that – we didn’t move the ball quickly enough; particularly in the first half we were very pedestrian. We’re better than that and that’s why it’s so disappointing.”

Burton – who came into the game with a record of four away clean sheets - frustrated The Bees for long periods, but Dean said that his side should have done more to break down The Brewers:

“Burton had four clean sheets on the road before tonight so we knew they’d be tough to break down. We feel with the quality of player we have we’d be able to but it didn’t work out that way – Woodsy couldn’t get on the ball and we never had enough deep runners to get beyond them. It’s an opportunity lost.”

The Bees Head Coach said that he expects a different sort of challenge over the coming weeks with two London derbies on the horizon:

“I think there was an expectancy that we could turn up tonight and win. Burton came here to frustrate us but I don’t think QPR or Fulham will be like that. It’s only one defeat in 11 and that’s the positive we’ll take from tonight – in our league that’s a great run.”

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