Dean Smith hails matchwinner Julian Jeanvier as Brentford breeze through



Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PA

Dean Smith hails matchwinner Julian Jeanvier as Brentford breeze through

Brentford head coach Dean Smith hailed Julian Jeanvier after the French defender booked the Bees’ place in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The hosts were in total control and should have won by a greater scoreline but spurned several good openings and visiting goalkeeper Scott Flinders was in fine form.

Nico Yennaris, Said Benrahma, Lewis Macleod and Alan Judge all had great chances to break the deadlock before Jeanvier added to his first-round goal to send Brentford into round three with the only goal of the game.

“He’s a top player and that’s why we went in for him. He’s a lovely lad and very humble. He understands Ezri Konsa and Chris Mepham have grabbed the shirt. He’s working hard to win it back and they’ll have to be on their toes,” Smith said.

“I thought a lot of players stepped up tonight. Cheltenham were very game and we had to play at our usual standards. Their keeper and our finishing probably kept the scoreline down.

“It was as comfortable a 1-0 as you could possibly have. We’ll be looking to take our chances more on Saturday.

“You’ve got 11 opposition players looking to stop you. It’s the hardest thing in football and you have to pay big money to score goals. I believe that with the chances we’re creating we’ll score a lot this season. So far, we’ve been okay.”

Cheltenham caretaker boss Russell Milton refused to be drawn on whether his hat was in the ring for the permanent job after Gary Johnson’s sacking.

“It’s not for me to say. I’ve been tasked with doing a job of recruiting players. The players have been magnificent and I’ve said that’s how we have to perform each week,” Milton said.

“If we show that commitment in League Two, we’ll win a lot of games.

“It’s the third time I’ve been in this situation. It’s a tough job and a million miles away from being an assistant, but I’ve got a good team behind me. I’ve been here a long time and I’m enjoying it.”

Milton was delighted with Flinders’ leadership and the way his team-mates rallied: “Scott’s been a good addition for us. He knows his position. He was great tonight and he has been all season.

“We were very disciplined, stuck to our task, stayed in the game and had a chance to get something out of it. Brentford had a lot of the ball but we set up to try and frustrate them as long as we could.

“I’ve told them to be very proud of themselves. Brentford could have scored a couple more but we stuck to the task and were disciplined.

“A few times we could have been better on the break, but on another night we might have got something. Overall, I’m very proud of them.”

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