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Brentford boss demands reaction at Bolton after Norwich loss

The Bees head coach let his feelings known to the squad on Wednesday and the club have been working to improve fortunes on the pitch

Dean Smith has called for a reaction from his Brentford players and revealed that training sessions in the wake of the poor 3-1 defeat to Norwich on Tuesday have been good.

The Bees head coach let his feelings known to the squad on Wednesday and the club have been working to improve fortunes on the pitch.

Smith was criticised in the wake of the loss and he will accept that criticism but hopes the players remember they have played well in the league games this season, without the rewards.

He said: “I'll be looking for a reaction. We spoke about the game. I let my feelings known to the players that the last 30 minutes weren't acceptable.

“I'll take it on the chin. The selection was my decision. The team competed in the first half but I was disappointed with their reaction to the second goal.

Dean Smith

“They let themselves down but I won't allow one bad 30 minutes soil eight good performances this season. Anyone who has seen those games will agree with that.”

The only saving grace was that Brentford made seven changes for the defeat and none of the senior players that came into the starting XI did their chances of keeping their place much good.

Smith added: “The training session we had on Wednesday was very good. We had a meeting after and I let them know my feelings.

“The players put it to bed very quickly. We changed a number of players against AFC Wimbledon and QPR and because we got beaten by the better team there was a lot of furore although I understand the last 30 minutes.”

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