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'I was really pleased to get over the line today'

Dean Smith satisfied after tough win over Lions at Griffin Park

14 October 2017

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First Team Head Coach Dean Smith was pleased to see out a 1-0 win over Millwall on Saturday afternoon. Romaine Sawyers was on target as Daniel Bentley saved a penalty late in the game to grab Brentford's first home win of the season.

"It certainly was a battling win," said Dean, after the full time whistle at Griffin Park. "I was really pleased to get over the line today. We needed that at home for our supporters, and the last half an hour turned into a proper derby and a bit of a battle.

"There was some dubious decision-making going on, which enabled them to keep putting the ball into our half and into their centre-forwards. We were sloppy on the ball in the second half, certainly after we scored.

"If we showed any sort of composure, I thought we could have gone and killed the game at two-nil. We became embroiled in an emotional battle and we're thankful that Dan Bentley saved their penalty."

The Lions gave a tough display away from home, much to the delight of their travelling support. Dean was confident that he knew what his opposition would bring to the field.

"We expected them to be tough to break down, they are very organised. Neil Harris has done very well with them but I thought we controlled the football in the first half and we created two or three chances that we didn't convert.

"It was always about that first goal, or so we thought. We got the first goal and we seemed to be under pressure from there. That win has been coming because in the 10 previous games we've been very good and not quite got the win. It's a quarter of the way through the season now so it was very important to get that win."

The Head Coach was full of praise for his first choice goalkeeper, and also had some thoughts on the penalty decision in the first place.

"I didn't think it was a penalty, and if it was it was right on the edge of the box rather than inside the box. Dan's put that to bed and I don't have to come and moan about a decision because he made a really good save.

"I'm really disappointed with the last half an hour and how we played because we're better than that, certainly on the ball, and we didn't need to get involved in a battle like that."

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