Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith couldn’t understand how his side came away from The Den without something to show for their efforts this afternoon. George Saville fired The Lions ahead after less than a minute but from then on it was almost all Brentford. Yoann Barbet had a goal chalked off with John Egan and Sergi Canos hitting the woodwork after the break. Henrik Dalsgaard also saw an effort cleared off the line as the home side withstood heavy pressure to wrap up the win.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the defeat, Dean said: “I can’t believe we lost today. I am disappointed with the result but really happy with the performance. Our supporters were great today; they could see how well we played. First-half we controlled the game without really troubling their keeper. We didn’t move it as well as we can and we weren’t quite aggressive enough in the final third. Second-half we drove forward in waves and, but for the woodwork and the people on the line we would have won. For the majority of the game they had 11 men in their own half. It is difficult to break teams down but we showed that we can. We had chances that, on another day, we score to win four or five.”
Things couldn’t have started worse for Brentford, losing a goal and a man inside the first minute; Andreas Bjelland limping off after going in for a challenge with Lee Gregory leading up to the goal. And it was shortly after that Yoann saw his effort disallowed following a late offside flag to cap off a miserable opening to the match.
“I am gutted for Andreas as he has been magnificent over the last few months,” revealed Dean. “He had a tight achilles in the warm-up; we spoke about it but he’s an experienced lad who knows his body and we felt he would be ok to start. Unfortunately, he has got injured inside the first minute and it has cost us the goal and ultimately the game. Ten minutes later we have had a goal disallowed, wrongly in my opinion. It certainly took them long enough to disallow it. I thought they were going to book him for over-celebrating.”
Today’s defeat leaves The Bees eight points off the Play-Offs with Cardiff City and Middlesbrough heading to Griffin Park over the next seven days. Whilst obviously disappointed with the loss, Dean admitted that he and the team would take heart from the performance ahead of a big night at home on Tuesday.
“The next game has to be the most important,” said Dean. “Today isn’t going to define season; we have three home games in a row now and we have to make sure that we win them all. It is easy to separate the result from the performance as everybody knows that we have played well. We have got beaten today because one of our in-form players has got injured at an in-opportune time and we’ve had a goal chalked off. That’s the only reason we got beaten today.”