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'If we score the penalty, it would be a different game'

Greek defender on missed chances and fresh opportunities in Dean Smith's squad

19 September 2017

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Ilias Chatzitheodoridis spoke to iFollow after Brentford's 3-1 defeat to Norwich City in Round Three of the Carabao Cup at Griffin Park on Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old fullback was somewhat pleased to have got some valuable experience in the competition, despite the end result.

"It's very good experience," said Ilias. "These are our chances, in cup games, so it's very good for those of us still studying the game. It's a positive for us.

"Of course it's nice to play with Chris [Mepham] and Justin [Shaibu], we are used to playing together. We've played many games as a team in the B Team so we're comfortable communicating with each other during the game."

The game went the way of The Canaries after Brentford had gone behind to a penalty and then missed one of their own. Ilias summed the match up for us, he said: "I think we started out quite good, after the penalty decision went against Meps it put us a bit down but we kept pushing every minute.

"We were doing well again, we came back into the game, we had a penalty opportunity but we didn't score. I think if we score the penalty, it would be a different game.

"I think in the second half we should have pressed higher, and when Justin came on we had a big chance as well. They then scored a free-kick. That's two set pieces we couldn't do too much about really.

"In general, we were moving the ball well, we had some chances but didn't take those chances. In the end, it was a bad result."

Ilias has now got more game time under Dean Smith, which he takes as a major positive from the evening's action. 

"It's very nice, it's good to be involved in the First Team. It's been good to play the cup games, as I said, for the younger players it hurts more because we're not in the cup and that was a big chance for us. Hopefully, we can push to be involved in the league games."

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