Brentford manager Thomas Frank has said that he does not think that his side could’ve done much more after they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Charlton Athletic.
Brentford dominated proceedings at The Valley on Saturday afternoon, keeping 68% of possession and registering 22 shots in comparison to Charlton Athletic’s three.
But, only four of the Bees’ shots were on target and the Addicks’s only shot on target resulted in the only goal of the game, as loanee Conor Gallagher bagged his third goal of the season to fire Charlton Athletic to 2nd place in the Championship table.
The valiant defensive efforts of Lee Bowyer’s side saw them secure all three points, much to the joy of Bowyer and Charlton supporters.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has spoken to the Wimbledon Times after the game, saying that he was satisfied with his side’s performance but was left to rue the mistake that led to Gallagher’s goal. He said:
“It’s a little difficult for me to put the ball in the back of the net myself. I think we did a lot of things right, we changed second half, put pressure on, everything. We played with so many offensive players, we only had three defenders in the second half. We did enough to walk away with three points.
“I’m satisfied with the performance in terms of dominating and creating chances. We gave one chance away, our own mistake, we shouldn’t play the pass, and we should also react quicker.
“But on the other hand, offensively we lacked that top quality on the day, we have it, we know Sergio (Canos), Emiliano (Marcondes) and Ollie (Watkins) all have it, but on the day the final decision or pass was too short, too bad or too long, that’s what we need to work on.”
He went on to acknowledge the fact that Brentford’s possession-based, attack-minded style of play will see sides sit back and soak up the pressure, saying:
“You can see teams, not only Lee Bowyer and his Charlton side, they came with diamond, man-marking our ten’s and eights, that didn’t work because we still dominated early on, but when they changed formation we lost momentum.
“They did well to disturb us, we just need to handle that better.”