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Henrik Dalsgaard: “It took too long for us to find our game plan”

Dane on Derby County defeat

3 February 2018

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Henrik Dalsgaard said that Brentford took too long to adapt to playing with ten men following defeat to Derby County on Saturday afternoon. It was an uphill battle for The Bees following Sergi Canós’ dismissal on 21 minutes, and goals from Tom Huddlestone and Cameron Jerome and a late Matej Vydra penalty consigned the visitors to defeat despite a spirited second-half showing. 

“It was difficult following the red card but we could have done better for the first two goals,” Henrik told iFollow Brentford. “It took too long for us to find our game plan after we’d gone down to ten men. We played a good second half and created some chances but we needed to score.”

The 28-year-old refused to be drawn on the officials following a series of influential decisions:

“I haven’t seen any of the situations, to be honest. The penalty decision was alright and the red card appeared to be a 50-50 call.”

The Denmark international provided a clean bill of health having completed his first 90 minutes since the trip to Birmingham City in early November: 

“I felt ready for 90 minutes and I was expecting to complete the game – you don’t usually make changes to the back four. The foot is a bit sore but I’ve pushed it to another level today – we’ll see how it plays out over the next few days but I should be fine.” 

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