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Lewis: "We weren’t good enough"

Midfielder reflects on first start of the season

6 January 2018

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Lewis Macleod felt that Brentford ‘weren’t good enough’ following defeat by Notts County in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup. 

Brentford twice hit the post - first through Ollie Watkins and then Emiliano Marcondes at the death - but Jon Stead's curling effort proved the difference at a frosty Griffin Park. 

"It was disappointing to say the least," Lewis told iFollow Brentford. “We had a lot of the ball today but once we got into the final third we didn’t do enough with it. We had a few boys out there who play regularly, but of course changes to the team will disrupt the flow a little.

“Nothing seemed to go for us. We’ve hit the post a couple of times and Neal’s (Maupay) tried to slide one in as well, but we can’t use that as an excuse. We weren’t good enough. The boy (Stead) has come in on his left foot and curled it into the top corner – if they were going to score a goal today it was always going to be like that. Unfortunately we couldn’t get one back.”

Lewis was delighted to witness the return of Alan Judge and said that he can relate to the Irishman's injury woes having himself recently returned from a long spell on the sidelines.

“It was good to see Judgey back,” said Lewis. “I was in the same position myself a few months ago and I know it’s a good feeling to step back out there – hopefully he can build on that.”

With only the Sky Bet Championship now left to focus on, the former Rangers man was adamant that Brentford must do all they can to finish the season on a high:

“It gives us an onus to do well in the league and finish as high in the table as we can, starting with Bolton next weekend.”

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