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“We didn’t take our chances”

Dean Smith reflects on Tuesday’s defeat at Sheffield Wednesday

12 September 2017

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Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith admitted it was a case of déjà vu as his side dominated but failed to take the points from this evening's trip to South Yorkshire. Nico Yennaris gave The Bees a ninth minute lead when his shot deceived Kieren Westwood and trickled over the line. It looked like The Bees would hold that lead to the break but Gary Hooper tapped home a leveller in first-half injury time and then Ross Wallace scored the winner with 20 minute to play.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Dean said: “In the first-half we played as well as we have done this season and should have been comfortably out of sight. We didn’t take our chances and then gave away a soft goal. That knocked the stuffing out of them. As much as we tried to rally them at half-time, they got a lift and came out better second-half. Not concentrating from a corner lost us the game. That seemed to give us an injection and we controlled the game again. What sums it up is that in the 106th minute the ball comes out to Neal Maupay: he volleys one that everyone thinks is going to hit the back of the net but it hits the post and goes wide.”

Maupay was one of a number of Bees players to go close on a frustrating evening at Hillsborough. John Egan, Florian Jozefzoon, and Romaine Sawyers also passed up good chances but Dean remains confident that his side will start taking those chances soon.

“We have to keep creating the chances,” said Dean. “If we keep creating them then we will start taking them. It is disappointing as a few chances fell to Neal Maupay. His work-rate has been excellent as has his link-up play. His movement to get into positions has been good but it is just the end product that is missing at the moment.”

The Bees are back at Griffin Park on Saturday with a home game against Reading. Despite only taking one point from these two games on the road, Dean believes his side’s performances merited far more.

“We have to lift them and get ready for another home game on Saturday now,” admitted Dean. “We had two games which we knew were going to be tough away at Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday. They are two big teams in this league with resources that we can only dream of unless we get to the Premier League and I think that we have outplayed both teams.” 

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