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‘Youth Team Could Do Better’ – Smith
Brentford boss Dean Smith reckoned the club’s youth team could have produced a better defensive display than his side in their 4-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
The Bees were reduced to ten men after only five minutes when Yoann Barbet was controversially dismissed, and Wednesday capitalised on the numerical advantage to go in 3-0 up at half time.
And Smith was adamant that his side’s defensive performance left a lot to be desired, leaving Brentford with just one win in seven league games.
“The defending for the goals was inexcusable,” he told the Richmond and Twickenham Times.
“We are conceding too many goals where they don’t have to work hard for them.
“They took a goal kick, ran through and scored – you don’t see that happening in our Youth Team.
“It is very disappointing and something that we have to work on.”
Knockaert’s Brighton Ambition
Brighton new boy Anthony Knockaert believes his side have enough quality to bring Premier League football to the south coast.
The French winger signed from Standard Liege in January and has impressed since his arrival at the Amex, scoring against assisting against Brentford and Huddersfield respectively.
And Knockaert, who was part of the Leicester side that earned promotion to the top flight as Championship winners in 2014, insists there is enough talent at Chris Hughton’s disposal to mirror the feat achieved at the King Power stadium.
“I’ve been impressed and there are some very good players here. I feel very good in this team and it’s a good thing for me to feel confident in the team,” the 24-year-old told the West Sussex County Times.
“Every player in this team has got real quality and I think some players deserve to be in the Premier League, so it is just about us winning games.
“Of course, we have got the quality to be in the Premier League but the difference between having the quality and getting there is a big gap. We have a lot to do but I think and believe we have the quality to go there.”
Football For… Darts
Former Sunderland, Coventry and Hartlepool player Kevin Kyle has had a change of career at the age of 34, swapping football for darts.
The ex-Scotland International, who amassed more than 200 appearances in the Football League, shocked punters at the Scottish Open at the weekend by defeating Dutch ninth seed Richard Veenstra – this year’s BDO World Championship semi-finalist – three legs to two.
And Kyle, who cost Coventry £600,000 in his switch from the Stadium of Light in 2006, admits that the change from team to individual competition has brought about its challenges.
“I’ve played at Wembley in front of 60,000 fans but being up there was much more scary. You’re out there on your own,” he told the Scottish Sun.
“I’d definitely missed that competitive edge after I finished with football.”
Len Mutch, chairman of the Scottish Darts Association, was gobsmacked by Kyle’s win over a rising star in world darts.
“Kevin’s win was the talk of the tournament when they found out it was the footballer,” he said. “Veenstra’s seen as one of Holland’s up and coming players, so it was a great achievement for him.”
Bury midfielder Tom Soares was lost for words after his side’s 6-0 thumping at the hands of Coventry City on Saturday – the club’s worst defeat in 27 years.
The Sky Blues were 4-0 up at half time before Adam Armstrong netted two more after the break to take his tally to 19 for the season, the division’s hottest prospect in front of goal.
The thrashing condemned Bury to a seventh defeat in ten games, and Sores could not hide his dismay at the result which left David Flitcroft’s side 16th in the table.
“The way I feel and the words I want to say I don’t think I should say them,” the 29-year-old told the Bolton News.
“It’s very disappointing. We let ourselves down, we let the fans down, we let the staff down, I don’t know what to say.
“We just want to say sorry. It’s hard for them watching us.
“We have got two home games. I know it’s difficult and it’s hard to say but we have got to move on, put it to bed and move on to the next game and hopefully we’ll build from there.”
Hecklington Eyes Barnsley Job
Barnsley caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom has eyed the Oakwell job on a permanent basis.
Heckingbottom was named successor to Lee Johnson after the latter’s move to Championship side Bristol City, and the former Tykes defender oversaw a resounding 3-0 victory over Bury in his first game in charge before slipping to a narrow 2-1 defeat at promotion challengers Gillingham.
“It would be nice,” revealed Heckingbottom to the Sheffield Star when asked about the prospect of a permanent position.
“I’ll keep doing it for as long as I’m asked. I’ll keep working, keep giving my best and keep working with the players, so not much has changed.
“In terms of work ethic, well that’s not going to change from the way I’ve always been. I’ll always give everything.
“I’d love to do it. I’m a Barnsley boy, season ticket holder and turned clubs down to play here.
“And I turned down coaching jobs to coach here, so of course I would. I love the club.
“I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I’m doing it. I’m going to enjoy this experience for as long as it lasts.”