Dean Smith said that the onus is on Brentford to start another positive run of results having seen his side suffer their first defeat in ten league games at The Cardiff City Stadium. The Bees fell behind to two first-half goals but, despite a spirited second-half performance that saw Cardiff City keeper Neil Etheridge tested on a number of occasions, couldn’t find the target in South Wales.
“I’m disappointed because our unbeaten run of nine games has ended today,” Dean told iFollow Brentford. “I don’t think it should have ended as we created more than enough chances to match them; we’ve had 25 attempts today and 14 in their penalty area but it wasn’t our day.
“It was always going to be a tough place to come to but our defending for their goals was disappointing - that’s what I go away with.”
Neal Maupay missed a gilt-edged chance during the first half, but Dean was impressed with the Frenchman’s reaction after the interval:
“Neal’s had a chance that he’d score 999 times of out of 1,000, but he missed it today. During the first five minutes of the second half we had four or five wonderful chances. I told Neal to go and play with his head up and he did that, but it just felt as though it was going to be one of those games for him.”
With Burton Albion the visitors to Griffin Park in three day’s time, the former Walsall boss tasked his side with getting back to winning ways on Tuesday night:
“We’ll dust ourselves down and go again for Burton. It’s a tough league and so it takes a lot to go nine games unbeaten as we have done. We have a great belief in ourselves - we have to go and start another run now.”