Bees boss defends selection after FA Cup exit

Brentford boss Dean Smith defended shuffling his pack in the FA Cup defeat by Notts County.

Smith made eight changes to the team beaten at Wolves on Tuesday and was made to pay by Jon Stead’s brilliant winner on 65 minutes.

However, the Bees did have numerous chances to score – they hit the post twice, including in injury time from debutant Emiliano Marcondes, and goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons made several good saves – leaving Smith to stand by his alterations.

“I still think it was the right decision to do what we did,” he said.

“We controlled the game for long periods, we just didn’t take our chances. Whether I make eight changes or 11 changes, if you get that many chances you should win the game.

“They took their chance and from there they made it difficult by getting numbers behind the ball.

“We’ve hit the post twice, we’ve had chances that we should have scored.

“Emiliano will feel as though he should have scored, Neal [Maupay] has had a good chance when a ball was put across the face of the goal, Lewis [Macleod] had a chance in the first half. We just lacked quality in the final third.

“We should have taken our chances – if we do, we win comfortably.”