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“It would have felt awful if we had lost playing like that tonight”

Head Coach Dean Smith on tonight’s draw with Derby County

26 September 2017

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Brentford boss Dean Smith was in no doubt that his side deserved something from tonight’s home game against Derby County. The visitors took an early lead through a Joe Ledley header but after that it was one-way traffic. Despite their dominance, The Bees had to wait until the final five minutes for Ollie Watkins to turn home the leveller their play deserved.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Dean said: “It was well deserved. We couldn’t put balls in the box so we had to be creative, especially with players behind the ball. We had to move the ball. We have footballers who can handle the ball so we had to be patient. The fans were very patient as well because they could see what we were trying to do. My only disappointment is the manner of the goal that we conceded. It was a big lump up the pitch and we didn’t deal with the first or second ball. It wasn’t what we deserved but the reaction to that was excellent. It was a little slow in the opening 20 minutes but we stepped it up a little bit and we caused them a number of problems.”

The Bees had 83 per cent possession during the opening 45 minutes and it wasn’t much less after the break. As the game went on, Dean said it was important that the team stuck to their game-plan and didn’t try to force things in the search for an equaliser.  

“It was very difficult but we have a great belief in what we do,” said Dean. “If you look at Derby County then all their players have Premier League experience and they were second best tonight. They had to defend for long periods. We had 76 per cent possession and 14 shots to their three which shows that we were the aggressors all game. We knew tonight would be a tough game. You only have to look at their bench with Chris Martin, Matej Vydra, Andi Weimann, and Chris Baird. The lads aren’t fazed by anything and will look forward to Middlesbrough now.”

Tonight’s draw means The Bees have lost just once in six league games, although they’ve also only won once in that run too. After getting that first win on Saturday, Dean admitted it was important not to lose tonight but said his team have to take chances if they want to turn draws into wins.

“It was very important to get something tonight.,” said Dean. “It would have felt awful if we had lost playing like that tonight. You come in front of the media and it is the same old story. People who weren’t here won’t have seen what has gone on. It is great that we got something and we certainly deserved it. If you are having as much possession as we had then we have to take those chances.” 

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