Smith Sounding Like A Broken Record
Brentford head coach Dean Smith probably knows he's starting to sound like a broken record as the side drew with Preston North End at the weekend.
Hosting Preston at Griffin Park for the latest Championship action at the weekend, we did fall behind in the second half to a goal by Tom Barkhuizen but Florian Jozefzoon had us back on level terms eight minutes later and that was where the scoring ended.
Having dominated possession and opportunities on goal during the 90 minutes though, Smith knew yet again it was another match that we should've taken maximum points from and we failed to do that. The point taken though does bring an end to back to back defeats so there is a positive on that front.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, Smith explained.
'It is a good point but a frustrating point. We should have got three points today as our performance was good. Defensively we were good. They had a couple of chances in the first five minutes but other than that we defended well. They are a team who wanted to delay the restarts and break up play which didn`t make for a naturally flowing game. We overcame that and started the second-half well but they scored out of nothing. We had to go and chase the game but our reaction was great. It was a good finish from Florian Jozefzoon and after that there was only going to be one winner. Unfortunately, we just didn`t get it. We were the dominant team today and we should be walking away with three points.'
With Lasse Vibe's departure confirmed ahead of the game as he completed his move to Chinese Super League club Changchun Yatai FC, Smith had been largely pleased with the performance of Neal Maupay who replaced him.
'We just have to take our chances when they come. We had a few today and had 27 against Norwich City last time here. The endeavour is there but we just need that little bit of quality in the final third. Neal Maupay was very good today and that was appreciated by the fans. We got it into him and he linked things up very well. He had the one chance in the first-half today which he will feel he should have scored. At the end we had as many goalscorers as the pitch as we could and you felt we would get one of those chances to drop. On another day we go and win that one three or four to one.'
With plans for the game disrupted by the double blow of losing Ryan Woods and Chris Mepham late on, Smith had praise for those who stepped in at late notice.
'I was forced into three changes. Sergi Canos got sent off last week, Chris Mepham was ill this morning, and Ryan Woods got a whack on the ankle last week. He was due to train Thursday and Friday but he couldn`t get through training because of the pain in his ankle. We had to change that around and I thought that Josh McEachran did well today. We have a squad of players who know how we want to play. The ones not in the starting XI have a good idea of how we want to approach the game and there`s a great tactical understanding so it was easy to put John Egan back into the team today.'