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Nico Yennaris: 'The better team lost'

Midfielder frustrated after defeat at The Den

10 March 2018

Nico Yennaris was left frustrated after Brentford were defeated 1-0 by Millwall at The Den on Saturday afternoo

"We're disappointed," said Nico, speaking after the full-time whistle. "I think the better team lost today. Take the first minute out of the game and I thought we dominated from start to finish. It was just frustrating we couldn't put one of our chances away."

It took just 51 seconds for Millwall to take the lead and for Andreas Bjelland to pick up an injury that forced Dean Smith to exchange him for Chris Mepham.

"It was a bad start," said Nico. "Andreas has picked up an injury as well so that's not good. I think we responded well after that, I think we played our game, we created chances and we definitely should have won the game I feel.

"I don't think they really had a chance after that, apart from the second half where they flick it on from a throw-in and Dan's tipped it over."

Yoann Barbet thought he had equalised after 10 minutes when he put the ball in the net from a John Egan flick-on. However, the linesman raised his flag after some thinking time and it was chalked off. 

"I didn't really see what happened," said Nico. "I saw him celebrating and then the linesman's put his flag up. Whether he's reacting to the fans I don't know, we'll have to wait and see on the video."

Heading in at the break, Brentford looked more than capable of getting a goal back and Nico explained what Dean's words were at half-time.

"The gaffer said we just need to move it a bit quicker, we needed to create a bit more and exploit the spaces. I definitely felt we did that, it was just frustrating that we didn't knick one in the end."

Asked how his side didn't find the net, Nico replied: "I don't have the answer for you honestly, it's baffling. It's disappointing and I know everyone is frustrated that the better team has lost today."

After about 70 minutes, Dan Bentley pulled off a save and John Egan made an important block to stop Millwall doubling their lead in unlikely fashion.

"I don't think the boys ever stopped," said Nico. "In the second half we kept going and going, obviously we stayed switched on at the back and I think we played most of the game in their half in the second half.

"I thought we were on the front foot, we had two off the line, hit the bar and the post. It's just one of those days where we couldn't put the ball in the back of the net and the better team lost."

Tuesday night gives Smith's side a chance to bounce back by netting a few goals, something Nico is looking forward to.

"We've got to put it right Tuesday and I think it's a TV game as well so we'll have to bounce back. We'll go over it tomorrow and learn from it and get ready for Tuesday.

"[The top six] has always been the aim. I don't think the boys have lost sight of that. This is disappointing but we have to bounce back and keep fighting to the end."


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