Dean Smith felt his side were worth the points as they made it five wins in six thanks to a single Lasse Vibe goal against Reading this afternoon. The two sides cancelled each other out for large parts of the game with the only goal arriving 16 minutes from time: Vibe driving home from 15 yards after Reading keeper Vito Mannone had denied Florian Jozefzoon. Around the goal, Jozefzoon, Sergi Canos, and Kamohelo Mokotjo all went close, with Dean feeling his side deserved the win on the balance of chances.
“It was hard earned: this is a tough place to come,” Dean told iFollow Brentford after the game. “It was a football game that cancelled itself out at times. It was evenly contested for long periods but we created the better chances. The lads worked very hard today. They are a good footballing team who play very similar to ourselves. The plan was to press them high where we could. You can’t do that all the time but I thought that our decision making on when to go was very good today. The first goal turned out to be the only goal but I always thought that we were going to get it because we created the better chances.”
Against Jaap Stam’s passing team, The Bees looked to press high up when they had the chance, putting particular pressure on Mannone and Reading’s centre-half pairing of Liam Moore and Tiago Ilori. Dean paid tribute to his front three for their work-rate and for the contribution that Sergi Canos and Lewis Macleod made off the substitutes bench.
“Lasse Vibe worked his socks off up front,” said Dean. “It was very hard for our front three because of the way that they play. There were high demands on them to go and press a little bit higher but they did really well. Ollie Watkins had a little whack on the ankle and came off. The three were involved in the goal: Lasse scored it but Florian Jozefzoon and Sergi Canos were involved with it as well. I was just about to bring Lewis Macleod on before we scored to give us a bit of extra attacking threat. Thankfully we got the goal and saw the game out well.”
The Bees were roared on by a huge travelling following in Berkshire this afternoon, with 2,866 supporters making the trip down the M4. At full-time, the playing and coaching staff, to a man, went over to the away end to thank the fans for their backing.
“There were nearly 3,000 supporters here today giving us great, vocal support all game,” said Dean. “It was only fitting that the players went over and showed the fans the respect, and said thank you, for getting behind them. Hopefully they are enjoying the football and that can continue. We are not setting any targets: it is the next game. We have been very good at home and we need to make sure that we do that again next weekend against Norwich City.”