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Brentford boss defends misfiring striker after Sheffield Wednesday loss

The striker had three good opportunities to score at Hillsborough before hitting the post with the last kick of the game to sum up his evening

In battle: Neal Maupay(Image: Paul Burgman/Press-Photos.com)

Dean Smith believes that Neal Maupay has been unfortunate in recent games with the Frenchman guilty of missing clear cut chances.

The striker had three good opportunities to score at Hillsborough before hitting the post with the last kick of the game to sum up his evening.

He had looked in fine fettle when coming off the bench in August, scoring twice, but his touch in front of goal has deserted him in recent weeks.

Smith told BBC London: “Neal looked on fire at the start of the season and scored in two games. His build up play is really good. He's been unfortunate. He's not got good connections.

“I think in the second half they started brighter than we did. We conceded on the stroke of half time when we should have been leading by three or four goals.

“The ball into Josh Clarke. I think if that's Steven Fletcher he goes down and get a free kick. He didn't they break and score and then it's honours even.”

Neal Maupay(Image: Paul Burgman)

Maupay is not the only one guilty of missing good chances but the ball is not hitting the back of the net.

Smith added: “They're very good chances and that's the frustrating part. I keep hearing people say someone is getting a tonking but I'd rather four 1-0 wins on the spin.

“We don't deserve to be where we are. Some look at us and think that's where we should be.”

The only positive was the fact Henrik Dalsgaard escaped serious injury after he was knocked unconscious in the closing stages.

Smith explained: “Amazingly, he's walking around the dressing room and talking which I'm pleased about as it was worrying when I saw him not moving and so many people around him.

“I presume it was a clash of heads. I was following the ball so I don't know what happened.”

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