Hogan and Bentley key to Brentford victory, says Smith

Brentford manager Dean Smith

The Brentford boss was full or praise for both players following a nervous win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.


Brentford manager Dean SmithSmith was pleased by his side's win over Nottingham Forest

Brentford boss Dean Smith has praised the contributions of Scott Hogan and Daniel Bentley following his side's 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, Get West London has reported.

Hogan was on target to notch his first goal of the season just after half an hour, but a series of defensive lapses ensured something of a nervy finish at Griffin Park. 

Southend's Daniel Bentley celebrates their fourth goalBentley joined Brentford from Southend

However, the Bees managed to hold on, claiming their second home league win in four days, much to the delight and relief of Smith, who was particularly impressed by the contribution of his goalkeeper Bentley.

According to Get West London, he said: “What he [Bentley] does is he is very composed and he doesn’t panic – I felt there was a stage where we had a bit of a panic, Romaine [Sawyers] gave the ball away, Nico [Yenarris] gave the ball away, Maxime [Colin] gave the ball away all in the last five or six minutes. He seems very composed and confident and he stands his ground really well."

Brentford's Scott Hogan scores their second goalHogan is off the mark for the season

But while Bentley's late save helped to ensure another precious three points for his side, who will be looking to build on last season's ninth-place finish, Smith could not help but praise matchwinner Hogan, adding that he was delighted to see the 24-year-old get off the mark for the season.

He continued: “Scott’s proven that he’s robust. He’s played three or four games now in a short space of time, he’s come through 90 minutes in the three of them and he’s working very hard – not only for himself, he’s working hard for the team.

Southend 's Daniel Bentley saves a penalty by Wycombe Wanderers’ Matt Bloomfield (not pictured) during the penalty shootoutBentley produced some important saves during his side's win 

“He said he nearly missed the actual chance and I said: “well you didn’t”. It’s nice to get him off the mark because he thrives on goals and that’s what he’s best at.”

The win moves Brentford up to sixth in the Championship table, ahead of a trip to early-season strugglers Rotherham United this weekend.

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