Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith admitted that this afternoon was another case of missed opportunities as The Bees ended the Sky Bet Championship season with a 1-1 draw at home to Hull City. Sergi Canos opened the scoring with an early header, his second in as many home games, but The Tigers levelled in the dying embers of the half through Jarrod Bowen. Luke Daniels denied Harry Wilson from the penalty spot after the break as the game ended all-square.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Dean said: “We were in control for long periods and they probably scored with their only attempt in the first-half. Today summed up our season. We’ve controlled games for large parts, as we did today, but not taken our chances. I got in at half-time and I don’t think Frazier Campbell had touched the ball, such was our first-half dominance. Luke has made the mistake for the penalty, and then made a great save but other than that there wasn’t an awful lot to worry about. We just didn’t take our chances at the end of the day. I am pleased with the players and what they have done this season, especially after those first eight games. It’s a pity we didn’t finish with the win I thought we deserved today.”
The Bees boss made seven changes this afternoon with Luke Daniels, Chiedozie Ogbene, and Emiliano Marcondes all making home league debuts. Dean said it was nice to be able to reward players for their patience over the season and give others an opportunity to impress.
“I didn’t want to risk the two World Cup boys; it is a great opportunity for them,” revealed Dean. “Florian Jozefzoon was injured as was Romaine Sawyers, and Chris Mepham pulled out yesterday. We had a number of players who were missing and it gave me a chance to have a look at people and give some of them some reward. It was a tough decision as Daniel Bentley wants to play every minute of every game. However, he understands that Luke Daniels has supported him throughout the season.”
The draw means The Bees finish the season in ninth on 69 points; a place and five points better off than last term. After failing to win any of the first eight in the league, Dean was full of praise for the work of his squad after they then took the Play-Off race deep into April.
“It’s been a great season,” said Dean. “We didn’t start particularly well results-wise. We didn’t get what the performances deserved. It’s credit to the players that they took it to the penultimate game of the season for the Play-Off positions. We will feel disappointed, initially, that we didn’t make it because we feel we have a squad capable of doing that. To finish ninth is a great achievement; there are some big clubs in this division with much more financial clout than us. We believe in what we do and how we do it. We are very good team and can compete with the likes of them.”