Dean Smith was frustrated with the defeat but certainly not the performance in the 1-0 loss at Queens Park Rangers.
His views in full are below.
On the game overall…
The biggest word that comes to mind is frustration.
I think that’s the best performance of the three I have been in charge of.
We deserved to win the game and we ended up on the wrong side of the scoreline.
I thought we dominated for long periods, created big chances but we didn’t take them. You need to take them at this level.
On the goal…
It was a poor goal and something we have to be better at.
BB got injured and he would normally be one getting pressure on the ball. But Tayls is trying to pass the lad on to Chezzy and Chezzy doesn’t jump and the lad gets through and scores.
But the response was excellent. In the second half, we were good and I think QPR can find themselves very fortunate.
On Birkir Bjarnason’s injury…
He felt his groin so he had to come off.
You look at Tuesday where Tammy and Albert come off and they score and it happened tonight with BB.
I’m downhearted about the result because I want to climb the league but I saw a lot of pluses in the game – our structure was very good, we passed the ball very well, John McGinn made some good runs forward, Jack Grealish has got in the box and had numerous opportunities.
It was unfortunately one of those days where it didn’t quite happen.
If you look back at the first 10-15 minutes, too, John McGinn was a little bit too honest because he got clipped in the box. If he goes down, it’s a definite penalty.
On the fine margins…
If we’d taken one of those chances in the second half, we’d have won the game. I have no doubts about that.
The impetus was with us, you could feel the away supporters sucking it towards the goal.
I always take it as a marker when the away supporters are still there clapping at the end when you’ve been beaten. It just shows the performance deserved better.
On making things count…
It’s not all about possession, it’s also about creating chances and I thought we did that.
We created numerous ones and it just didn’t drop for us.
Their lads have got some good blocks in and on occasions it’s just hit them.
Right at the death, too, Tammy and Kodj linked up and it just dropped the other side of their player rather than ours. It’s small margins but lots to be positive about.
On having a standard week…
We can go and recover now.
It’s disappointing because that should really have been a six or seven point week with the performances we put in.
But it is what it is now. We can’t change that. We will move on now next week.
They are sitting there in the dressing room disappointed just because of the result.
They have put a lot of effort in and played good football. But ultimately we didn’t get the result.