Dean Smith felt today’s game against Reading was decided on a series of penalty decisions by referee Tony Harrington at Griffin Park. The Bees had a number of strong appeals turned down before Mr Harrington did eventually point to the spot with 20 minutes to play, to hand The Royals a way back into the game following Josh Clarke’s first-half opener.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Dean said: “It was a tale of penalties given and penalties not given. For me they got a soft one: you could see Rico Henry’s hands on him but it wasn’t a shove and the lad just throws himself down. It was no different to Florian Jozefzoon in the first-half. He didn’t give that. Romaine Sawyers’ has been tackled from behind inside the box but no penalty. Neal Maupay has gone down from behind in the second-half and no penalty. We are feeling very hard done by because if that penalty isn’t given then we win the game. We are scrapping and fighting to get that first win because our performances have deserved more and to have that taken away from us today is very disappointing.”
The Bees impressed during the opening 45 minutes at Griffin Park, creating a number of chances and taking a deserved 16th minute lead through Josh Clarke. After the break, the visitors came more into the game with Dean admitting he was a little disappointed by his side’s second-half showing.
“We created some big chances that we didn’t take,” said Dean. “Florian Jozefzoon has had the one over his shoulder and the one where he has gone through on the keeper. We can’t say that we are not creating chances because we are. We are not winning games because after going 1-0 up we should have got another one to make the game safe. The first-half was very good but I was disappointed with the players in the second-half and I told them that. I didn’t think we started well. In the first 15 minutes we lacked energy and allowed them to come onto us. In the first-half we got in their faces, got on the ball, and moved it around. We looked good and could have created more than the one goal. It is one of disappointment again that we haven’t got the points for our fans today.”
This afternoon’s draw means The Bees are still winless eight games into the Sky Bet Championship season. Despite the run of results to begin the campaign, Dean had no doubts that the wins will start coming soon.
“We are eight games in and I haven’t seen a team that is better than us so far,” said Dean. “I feel we were on a par with Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are a really good team, but we are still waiting for our first win. It is a bit bizarre at the moment but we will keep working hard and doing what we are doing. I am thankful that the supporters here have stayed with the players. They clapped them off at the end because they can see we are performing well and that it will come. It is illogical for us to keep playing this well and not win games.”