Dean Smith can’t believe that his Brentford side lost to Newcastle United.
Despite leaving star man Scott Hogan on the bench due to a likely transfer to West Ham, the Brentford boss claims that his players dominated from the moment Dwight Gayle scored the opening goal.
Once his team (deservedly) equalised seven minutes into the second half, Dean Smith believed there was only going to be one winner…and it wasn’t Newcastle.
The Head Coach accepts Newcastle looked a threat on the counter attack but that it was a real ‘sucker punch’ when a moment of magic came from Perez & Murphy to win the game.
This added to the opening goal which Dean Smith says was scored by the only Championship player capable of scoring such a goal – Dwight Gayle.
However, Smith thinks the crucial moment in the game came when the officials ruled in Newcastle’s favour, the home boss declaring ‘how that is not a penalty I don’t know’.
“It’s very harsh, I thought the last 20 minutes of the first half and the second half, we dominated.
“We got caught by a sucker-punch of a counter-attack and they always looked a threat coming forward. If anyone was going to score the first goal, it was only going to be Dwight Gayle.
“But, we never let our heads drop. I thought we were pro-active, I thought we started the game slow, but we got the goal and I fully expected us to go on and win it from there.
“I’m disappointed and probably, I thought we deserved to win it.”
“Normal service was resumed as far as penalties are concerned.
“I watched it back and Hoff is going to head the ball, their guy is going away from goal with a fistful of his shirt, so how that is not a penalty I don’t know.
“I made the decision on Thursday not to play Scott and felt that Romaine Sawyers and Lasse Vibe did well last week. It is very difficult for him and I decided not to start him in the long-term interests of the football club.
“The long-term interests of the club always have to be at the forefront of my mind. I didn’t think it was right to start him and Scott didn’t either.
“We gave a great account of ourselves and were unfortunate not to win the game let alone get a point.
“We didn’t start well in the first five or 10 minutes and then only Dwight Gayle can score a goal like that in the Championship, but after they scored I thought we dominated the game.
“In the second half we played with a lot of confidence and to see a side like Newcastle, and all the resources available to them, hanging on for the last 20 minutes is a great credit to our players.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle: Gayle 20, Murphy 79
Brentford: Vibe 52
Possession was Brentford 55% Newcastle 45%
Total shots were Brentford 12 Newcastle 11
Shots on target were Brentford 6 Newcastle 5
Corners were Brentford 7 Newcastle 5
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Crowd: 11,435 (1,633 Newcastle)
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hayden (Anita 62 (Hanley 72)), Colback, Ritchie, Perez, Gouffran, Gayle (Murphy 28)
Sels, Lazaar, Sterry, Ameobi
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to today’s win HERE)
(Watch the superb assist and winning goal HERE)
(For match ratings of the Newcastle players go HERE)