Date: 16th October 2017 at 5:24am
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Brentford head coach Dean Smith has spoken of his delight at seeing the side take all three points from a tough clash with Millwall this weekend.

Welcoming Neil Harris’ side at Griffin Park for the tie, a Romaine Sawyers’ goal early on in the second half was enough to secure all three points on the day but it could’ve been different with Lee Gregory’s penalty being saved late on by goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his post game press conference, a delighted Smith was pleased to see us dig in to take all three points on the day.

‘It certainly was a battling win. I was really pleased to get over the line today. We needed that at home for our supporters, and the last half an hour turned into a proper derby and a bit of a battle. There was some dubious decision-making going on, which enabled them to keep putting the ball into our half and into their centre-forwards. We were sloppy on the ball in the second half, certainly after we scored. If we showed any sort of composure, I thought we could have gone and killed the game at two-nil. We became embroiled in an emotional battle and we’re thankful that Dan Bentley saved their penalty.’

Asked whether Millwall gave us the kind of battle he expected, Smith hadn’t been let down by their efforts on the day.

‘We expected them to be tough to break down, they are very organised. Neil Harris has done very well with them but I thought we controlled the football in the first half and we created two or three chances that we didn’t convert. It was always about that first goal, or so we thought. We got the first goal and we seemed to be under pressure from there. That win has been coming because in the 10 previous games we’ve been very good and not quite got the win. It’s a quarter of the way through the season now so it was very important to get that win.’

There was particular praise for Bentley given his performance and Smith also admitted he didn’t feel it was a penalty to begin with.

‘I didn’t think it was a penalty, and if it was it was right on the edge of the box rather than inside the box. Dan’s put that to bed and I don’t have to come and moan about a decision because he made a really good save. I’m really disappointed with the last half an hour and how we played because we’re better than that, certainly on the ball, and we didn’t need to get involved in a battle like that.’

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