The Brentford press after the game on Saturday said their team had been outclassed by a very good Newcastle side who shouldn’t be playing in the Championship.
But the good news for Brentford was that next season we should be back in the Premier League – well that’s at least according to Tom Moore in his report on the game on the GetWestLondon News web-site.
We hope Tom is right.
Dean Smith – Brentford manager
And after the game Brentford manager Dean Smith wasn’t any less complimentary as he believes the fact Newcastle United are able to attract more than 51,000 fans to a second division game shows just how big the football club is.
Our attendance on Saturday was just short of 52,000 at 51,885 – and that was the sixth biggest attendance in all of Europe that day – according to the Chronicle today.
This is what Dean Smith said about the 3-1 defeat at St. James’ Park:
“With the quality they have, they don’t really need a helping hand, but unfortunately we’ve given them a very big one with the two-goal lead,”
“A lack of concentration and lack of discipline you could call it I suppose.”
“There’s a lot of pace in their team, which made it hard to go and press as high as we would have liked to.”
“To be fair to the lads though, there was a lot of good things as well, and we competed well enough.”
“It just shows how big this football club is, to have 52,000 people here and players like Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey, but we felt we could compete with them.”
“Then you have the likes of Vurnon Anita and Christian Atsu down the flanks who have the pace to cause us trouble and Newcastle have a lot of players who should be in the Premier League.”
One of the things our players have to watch out for this season is they don’t get too big for their boots – they don’t get over-confident – and then fail to turn up for one of the games.
That happened at home to Wolves after we had smashed QPR 6-0 at Loftus Road and we cannot afford another slip up like that – 3 points lost.
We must try to win every single game as the season progresses, so we are more and more certain to get an automatic promotion spot.
That’s the hope anyway.