Brent­ford pow­ered to a 5-0 vic­tory against Pre­ston

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Daniel Ze­qiri

DEAN SMITH be­lieves Brent­ford can get even bet­ter de­spite see­ing his side cruise to vic­tory over Pre­ston and move up to fifth.

A Scott Ho­gan hat-trick, a cap­tain’s con­tri­bu­tion by Har­lee Dean and a Chris Humphrey own-goal con­demned the vis­i­tors to their heav­i­est de­feat un­der Si­mon Grayson.

The Bees how­ever, are un­beaten in eight home league games and have picked up im­pres­sive re­sults on the road at Brighton and As­ton Villa re­cently too.

“I en­joyed the re­sult and the last 16 min­utes, but be­fore that I thought we were ac­tu­ally quite av­er­age. I didn’t think we started both halves very well at all,” said Smith.

“We prob­a­bly looked a lit­tle bit safe in the first half, on the ball. You see the last 16 or 17 min­utes we played a lot quicker with some good one-touch foot­ball.

“Scotty’s hat-trick goal was fan­tas­tic goal, great play.

“At 0-0 and 1-0 it was very tight and we’re thank­ful to Daniel Bent­ley for a great save at the start of the sec­ond half be­cause saves and goals change games.

“The sec­ond goal was the im­por­tant one for us to­day. We re­laxed a lit­tle bit af­ter that.”

Pre­ston carved out the first chance of the game 15 min­utes in. Cal­lum Robin­son pro­duced some good play down the left and picked out Jor­dan Hugill with a di­ag­o­nal but Bent­ley smoth­ered.

Just as North End were look­ing com­fort­able how­ever, Ho­gan was slipped through by Ro­maine Sawyers and fin­ished low into the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner to give Brent­ford the lead with 34 min­utes on the clock.

Grayson’s men threat­ened an equaliser two min­utes af­ter the break when Eoin Doyle met Ai­den McGeady’s cross on the half-vol­ley but Bent­ley pulled off a stun­ning save.

They found them­selves two be­hind af­ter 74 min­utes, when Ho­gan met a cor­ner at the back post and nod­ded down for skip­per Dean to stab home from close range.

Pre­ston’s Si­mon Makienok kicked fresh air when in front of goal six min­utes later, be­fore Ho­gan latched onto a poor Daniel John­son header, rounded An­ders Lin­de­gaard and slammed home for Brent­ford’s third.

Within two min­utes, the Bees added a fourth when Humphrey turned a Josh Clarke cross into his own net; the re­sult of poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the Pre­ston back­line.

The rout was com­plete less than 60 sec­onds later, as Ho­gan fin­ished off some su­perb one-touch in­ter­play with a pow­er­ful left-foot fin­ish high into the net.

Grayson re­proached his play­ers for not tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity, and Pre­ston now lan­guish in 20th with only six points from eight games.

He said: “A lack of re­spon­si­bil­ity right the way through the team has cost us. At 74 min­utes, you never saw that game com­ing.

“A player doesn’t take re­spon­si­bil­ity from a cor­ner, they get the sec­ond, and then from then on it was a kamikaze per­for­mance from the play­ers.

“You’ve got to play with your head as well as your heart and you’ve got to make sure you stay in games. Even at 2-0 we had a chance to get back into it.

“We’re throw­ing bod­ies for­ward when we didn’t need to, we’re down to 10 men. Some­times you’ve got to ac­cept that you’re go­ing to lose but lose in a man­ner that doesn’t af­fect you.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

SKIP TO IT: Cap­tain Har­lee Dean wheels away af­ter scor­ing Brent­ford’s sec­ond while, inset, Scott Ho­gan gets the third


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