Daniel Bentley said that Brentford "didn't defend balls into the box well enough" following defeat to promotion-chasing Cardiff City on Tuesday night. The Bees got off to a flyer following Neal Maupay's tenth goal of the season, but ultimately succumbed to a well-drilled Bluebirds side who strengthened their own push for the Premier League.
“We knew the threat they have going forward but at the beginning of the game I thought we totally nullified them,” Dan told iFollow Brentford. “We kept them in their own half, pinned them in and counter-pressed them very well. For the first 15 minutes we were on fire, but after that we didn't deal with balls into the box well enough. They were knocking on the door and we let them open it. Conceding three is never nice. It's well documented that I hate conceding goals - it's a bit of a passion of mine so it makes sense that I'm a keeper.”
The former Southend United stopper delivered positive news on the injury front having taken a hit during the first period:
“My leg is a bit sore,” said Dan. “I've got a couple of stud marks on my leg but I'll be fine; it'd take a lot for me to miss games or be brought off. It's all part and parcel of playing.”
With Dean Smith’s men now eight points adrift of the Play-Off positions, the recently-named London Goalkeeper of the Year admitted that a top-six finish is looking increasingly challenging:
“We've given ourselves an uphill battle, there's no two ways about it. Having said that, it only takes a couple of results to go your way and you’re back in the race. We've got to play a couple of the teams above us - starting on Saturday - so it's crucial we take points off them and get ourselves back in the running.”