Norwich City mauling marks a new low for Brentford’s Dean Smith

Brentford head coach Dean Smith was unhappy at the Bees' collapse. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus

Brentford head coach Dean Smith was unhappy at the Bees' collapse. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Brentford head coach Dean Smith admitted he was shocked by the manner of the Bees abject display.

Smith's men crashed to a humiliating defeat at Carrow Road and the Brentford boss made it clear he will not accept a repeat.

'It is a performance that I thought I wouldn't see from this group of players,' he said. 'It is the polar opposite of what we did against Birmingham City the previous week. The disappointing thing was that, when the third goal went in, we didn't do enough to keep the ball out of our net. Sometimes you have to take a 3-0, but we didn't today. We were very naïve and we did things on our own. For me there wasn't enough teamwork.

'I had a chat with the players and that performance can't happen again. They have got a responsibility to their families and themselves to be better than that. They know that and the only way you can do that is to work hard in training every day to make sure that performance never happens again.'

Brentford's abysmal defending made life far too easy for Norwich.

'We spoke during the week about staying on our feet and not committing ourselves,' said Smith. 'We allowed crosses into our box, didn't deal with them and they score. Ryan Woods has made a poor pass back into our half. Jacob Murphy has picked it up and Harlee Dean has gone to ground and we have conceded another goal.

'We had chances after that, but I am not going to kid myself, so did they and Daniel Bentley made some good saves. Second-half, we spoke about what we wanted to do but it was a nothing game until they scored their third. After that we started doing things on our own, lost our shape, lost our organisation, and conceded two more goals. You can't change this result because it has happened, but it is future results that you have to put right because we are getting sucked into the wrong end of the league.'