Writer: Boundary Lad
Date:Sunday March 30 2014
Manager Lee Johnson has said that although he was pleased with a point against Brentford yesterday, he does feel our performance warranted all three on the day.
The game had a fair bit of significance with it being the first return of James Tarkowski following his move to them in January, and it was a pretty level affair really despite the difference in league placings and Johnson was more prepared to take the positives of the fact we could've taken maximum points from the game, as ahead of it nobody would've sniffed at a point at full time.
Speaking to the Official Site following the match, the gaffer said of the game and the fact that we are now unbeaten in four matches.
'I thought we deserved to win. I thought we had the better chances. We had two stonewall penalties that the referee hasn't given but Brentford are a good side. I thought our club was excellent. I was proud of the players and the fans but I was disappointed we couldn't give them the three points rather than one.'
Of course Brentford had chances of their own and Paul Rachubka pulled of a few saves to protect the clean sheet, especially as superb one near the death and having been replaced for much of the season by our former on loan Hull player Mark Oxley, Johnson was full of praise for how professional and patient he has been this season, and then when called upon, how he has performed.
'It was a great save but we could have been four nil up at that stage. Your goalkeeper is important at important times and it was a very good save, but I don't want to take the gloss away from the good play we had. On the break we looked slick and we had some good chances.'
Again it's those positives and Johnson clearly didn't want headlines to be full of how we denied them a win at the death, instead of focusing on the fact that by then we should've won it ourselves and you can understand his position - but of course that's not to take anything away from Rachubka's efforts on the day either.
The disappointment as it stands at not taking the win is overshadowed again by the fact that we are struggling to take the chances we create at the minute again and that's something he really hopes changes between now and the end of the season and he challenges the players to step up now and be counted as our league position could be further improved if we started putting them away on a more regular basis.
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Date:Sunday March 30 2014
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