Dean Smith believes his side were let down by some poor defending, and poor officiating, as QPR scored twice in injury-time to snatch a point at Loftus Road this evening. After a bitty first-half, Lasse Vibe’s double looked to have secured a fourth straight win in all competitions against The R’s but there was to be late, late drama. First Matt Smith headed home in the third minute of injury time before Luke Freeman then netted a minute late to deprive The Bees of all three points.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Dean said: “It is a tough one to explain. I thought that we were ok first-half. It was very scrappy from both teams although we probably created the better chances. We got the early goal in the second-half but, after that, we forgot that we were a footballing team. They put Matt Smith on, went long, and we defended second balls but didn’t show the composure that we have got on the ball. When we did, we passed the ball very well and scored a wonderful second goal. We probably should have gone on the score a third or fourth. They were pushing everything forward but we were starting to pass the ball and create openings. I will be disappointed at the manner of the two goals that we conceded when I look back but I am certainly disappointed with the officials.”
Rangers’ first goal came after Matt Smith capitalised on The Bees failure to clear a corner while the second came from a deep free-kick awarded for a foul by Romaine Sawyers. While Dean admits his side should have defended both better he also feels that they could have had some help from the officials.
“We will feel that we should have finished it and then you have the final two minutes,” said Dean. “Ollie Watkins clearly gets fouled in the middle of the pitch, the referee doesn’t give it, they get a short corner which we switch off from. Daniel Bentley probably should do better with his punch but the ball goes over the line. We kick-off, give the ball away, and Romaine Sawyers pulls out of a challenge but gets a foul given against him. For me Romaine should go and win the tackle but he chooses not to, so how the foul is given against him I don’t know. I understand that we have to defend balls better into our box but tonight we have lost two points down to officials not calling things right.”
Lasse’s second-half goals were his first and second of an injury-hit campaign which saw him miss two months earlier in the season. Having made three changes, including recalling The Dane to the starting XI, Dean was pleased with how his new men, and Vibe in particular, did.
“They were two great goals,” said Dean. “I decided to change things up a little bit today. I thought that Kamohelo Mokotjo did excellent in there today. Lasse Vibe worked really hard and had a few chances. He had one blocked in the first-half but he took both of his chances well. I am pleased that he is off the mark and it gave the chance to rest Neal Maupay as well.”