Dean Smith felt one incorrect decision changed the whole course of this afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship game at Pride Park. With the score at 0-0 following an even opening 20 minutes, Brentford’s Spanish midfielder Sergi Canos was shown a straight red card after a challenge on Martin Olsson inside the centre-circle.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford about the incident after the game, Dean said: “It was two evenly matched teams and it should have been a good game but it was spoiled by the officials. We had the better chances. Florian Jozefzoon put one over the bar and Ollie Watkins dragged one wide but then the referee decided to change the game. It was disappointing to see the reaction of their players. Sergi Canos gets there early and wins the ball. He may catch him on the follow through but it’s never a red card. The reaction of the Derby players gets him sent off. We will probably appeal it. The referee told me he was out of control and used excessive force but I don’t know how you can tackle on that greasy surface without force.”
Down to ten men, The Bees conceded twice in four minutes before the break as The Rams made their numerical advantage count: Tom Huddlestone and Cameron Jerome the men to get those goals. Gloss was added to the score-line in second-half injury time as Chris Mepham felled Sam Winnall inside the box, Matej Vydra converting the resulting penalty.
“The disappointing part was that we conceded two poor goals,” said Dean post-match. “We didn’t mark properly from a corner for the first and they put it in from close range. The second one was another borderline offside decision. It looks offside to me and surely the assistant referee can only see a white shirt in front of him but unfortunately, he didn’t flag. He was definitely onside for the third: It was a well-timed run. He got in the wrong side of Chris Mepham and it was a definite penalty.”
Despite the defeat, Dean told his players not to be too downbeat after the game. For their man disadvantage it was The Bees who made most of the running in the second-half and Dean said his players should be proud of how they approached the game after Sergi's sending off.
“The score-line certainly doesn’t reflect how my players played today,” admitted Dean. “Second-half we were very good with ten men. We probably had more chances than they did and their keeper has made a couple of good saves. We were brave, used the ball well, and went and pressed them when we could. We knew we were always in danger on the counter-attack but that is what we wanted to do. We didn’t want to come here and lie down. We wanted to score and get back into it. At full-time I told them well done. The score-line wasn’t a reflection of what I thought was two-evenly matched teams. Unfortunately, the referee decided the outcome of the game.”