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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND SMITH

7 February 2017

The post-match reaction from Sunday's game.


CHRIS HUGHTON felt it was vital to get a point against Brentford at the end of a tough week for his side, which included defeats to Lincoln City and Huddersfield Town.
 
Tomer’s Hemed’s last-gasp 97th-minute equaliser secured a draw, much to the delight of the 1,644 Albion fans at Griffin Park.
 
He said: “It’s been a very tough week and Brentford are on the back of probably their best performance in midweek against Villa.
 
“We had two tough away games and it was important we didn’t finish this one with a defeat.
 
“On the balance of play, I thought at 2-2 there was only one team that was going to win it. That’s what happens and that’s the other side.
 
“Credit to the lads, we could’ve shut up shop at 2-2 and left it at that, but it’s a game we wanted to win.
 
“When you have that mentality, you can be a little bit open, but the players showed great character in the end, in what was a deserved result.”
 
The Albion manager also praised the performance of David Stockdale, who made a crucial penalty save that followed on from his two stops against Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday.
 
“He’s made three penalty saves and all of them have been vital for us. All three of them have allowed us to get a result. If it went to 3-0, I don’t think we could’ve come back from that.”

 

DEAN SMITH felt that the frustration of letting a 3-2 lead slip against Brighton shouldn’t detract from an impressive performance from his side.

The Bees had a chance to go into a 3-0 lead from the penalty spot, but Lasse Vibe’s spot-kick was saved by David Stockdale after goals from Jota and Harlee Dean had put Brentford 2-0 in front.

He said, “There is the disappointment of conceding in the last minute, but there were a lot of good performances out there.

“For long periods we looked really good and in the first-half there was some good football following on from Tuesday night. There were some really good performances and we can’t forget that, yet it is disappointing.

“I thought they came at us in the first five minutes of the second-half and we weathered the storm. Jota then goes on a great run and wins us a penalty that the keeper manages to deflect over.

“From being 2-0 up and looking comfortable, you are only looking at a point on the board. We made some positive substitutions and I was really pleased for Konstantin Kerschbaumer to get his first goal for the club.

“It was a great one-two on the edge of the box and a great finish. We broke again and thought that we could have scored another to make it 4-2.”

“As a team, we are a good attacking unit now and we have brought an added dimension now with Florian Jozefzoon and Sergi Canos coming into the team.”

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