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Yoann: "We deserved more"

Centre-half on Villa Park stalemate

9 September 2017

Yoann Barbet felt that Brentford 'deserved more' following the goalless draw with Aston Villa. 

The Bees created a host of clear-cut chances against a back four anchored by former England captain John Terry, but despite their efforts couldn't find a way past Sam Johnstone between the sticks.

"We feel a little bit frustrated because we played really well," said Yoann, speaking to iFollow Brentford following the full-time whistle. "During the first half we had lots of the ball and controlled the game. We had lots of chances and didn't allow them many at our end.

"During the second half we had had three or four really great chances - their keeper made some very good saves. We could have lost it at the end but Bents (Dan Bentley) pulled off an unbelievable save to keep us in the game. Normally when you come to Villa Park you'd be satisfied with 0-0 as they're a massive club, but today we deserved more. We didn't score but we kept a clean sheet which is very positive; we have to go again on Tuesday and take three points at Sheffield Wednesday". 

Dean Smith's side saw plenty of the ball with midfield trio Ryan Woods, Nico Yennaris and Romaine Sawyers dictating play in the middle third. Yoann claimed that a possession-based game was very much part of the plan rehearsed at Jersey Road during the week. 

"We wanted to keep the ball and be patient. We knew that after a few passes they'd get frustrated and begin one-versus-one pressing which would give us more space to pop the ball into the middle. We stuck to the plan given to us by the gaffer, we just didn't take our chances.

"Two clean sheets in a row is positive. It's not just the back four; from Neal (Maupay) back to Dan we were very compact and stayed together from the first minute until the end". 

Looking ahead to the trip to Sheffield Wednesday, the Frenchman stressed that it was only a matter of time before The Bees pick up their first league win should they maintain their current performance levels.

"We won 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday last season with both centre-backs scoring. We know it will be a very tough game - they often finish in the Play-Offs and they have a massive following - but if we play like we did today I think we can win the game". 


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