Brentford striker Lasse Vibe admitted that it was an angry dressing room on Monday night after The Bees let a two-goal lead slip in injury time against local rivals Queens Park Rangers. The Dane struck twice after the break to put Dean Smith’s side in a seemingly match-winning position heading into the closing stages. However, two set-piece goals in two minutes deprived The Bees of those points and left Lasse, and the rest of the dressing room, seething at full-time.
“We are all very angry and unhappy with what happened,” Lasse told iFollow Brentford after the game. “We worked so hard for 91 minutes and then we threw it all away in a few seconds. We all know that we are better than that. We have conceded too many goals from leading positions and the anger comes from knowing that we are better than that and that we all want to be better than that. You want to win games but you have to win it on the pitch. This is a lesson that you can’t switch off for even a second. We were better than them for long periods but it doesn’t help because they have won a point and we have lost a point.”
Lasse’s goals, both neat finishes from inside the box, were his first of an injury hit third season in West London. A leg injury picked up away at Ipswich Town in mid-August had kept the striker out for two months, limiting him to just seven starts all campaign. Despite scoring, the Danish international couldn’t be too happy given how the side threw away the win late on.
“It’s a little bit late if you ask me,” replied Lasse when asked about getting off the mark. “After coming back, I didn’t really hit the ground running after the injury. I could have done better there and have been sitting on the bench a little bit too much. Today I got my chance and I took it which I am very happy about. Today we lost two points and that is all we are thinking about. It doesn’t really matter who scores. We are all buzzing if somebody makes a clearance off the line that wins us points. That is what we need to keep. That is what matters, not if it is my first goal or anything like that.”
The Bees have an instant chance to atone with another local derby, this time at Griffin Park against Fulham, coming up on Saturday. Lasse admits that it would have been nicer to go into the game on the back of a win but feels that the anger in the dressing room at full-time can spur the team on to the three points this weekend.
“We have a group where everyone can speak up,” said Lasse. “At the moment, we are doing well and winning games but, when we are on top, we have to stay on top and we can’t relax. It would have been perfect to go into Saturday’s game with a victory because Fulham look strong. We need learn the lessons of hard work in a few days. We have to work so hard and can’t switch off otherwise it will be the same against Fulham. We have to take our desire, anger, and determination into that game because then I think that we will win.”