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Reaction: Blues 0 Brentford 0

It was competitive and wasn't the prettiest, but the Championship throws that at you in this period from time to time.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk's thoughts after seeing his side held to a goalless draw by Brentford...

His overall assessment of the game...
"It was a tough game as we expect in this period. Games come thick fast with quick turnovers and it's very difficult for teams to be at their best continuously for all periods of games. But I felt overall, seven points from the last three games is a huge positive and a massive return considering everything we've been doing, and it's another point on the board. The game itself was very similar to the Bristol City game. It was competitive and wasn't the prettiest, but the Championship throws that at you in this period from time to time. But I thought that compared to the Bristol City game, we tried to push that little bit more in the second-half and we put a huge effort into that considering we’ve just played a game a few days ago and another game just a few days before that. We tried to get that winning goal and tried to throw it at them, but unfortunately, we couldn't make the breakthrough. But seven points from three games in this period is a huge return."

His thoughts on Neal Maupay and the way the Brentford striker throws himself about...
"He's not really my concern if I'm honest with you. He does it in every game and he had one of our players sent off for exactly that reason in the last game. So, we knew he was going to do it and unfortunately, I think everyone in football knows that he does it, but he doesn't seem to get punished for it. I think it was obvious the way they took him off the pitch he was going to get himself into trouble. That's in his make-up and a lot of Brentford's make-up and that's for them to decide whether that's what they want. I just concentrate on my players and get on with it. We tried to push in that second-half as best as possible to get a goal and they defended well in those moments and put a lot of players behind the ball and defended for their lives in their box and we couldn't quite make that breakthrough. It wasn't the prettiest of games, but it was a huge effort and a third clean sheet."

On Kristian Pedersen missing another game because of his ankle injury... 
"It's dictated by him in terms of his pain tolerance. It still feels a bit too painful for him to train and be involved but we're hoping he's back as soon as possible. we don't have the biggest of squads and we need all our options open to us and hopefully he's back very soon."

On Blues not scoring a goal for once ...

"You can't score in every game. We would love to be free-flowing and everything go perfect for you but that's not what the Championship is. They made it difficult for us at times as well. the second-half we stepped it up and were definitely better than we were in the first. We pushed and gave everything for that goal and maybe a couple of final decisions we should have done better. The final delivery should have been better, but I can't fault the players for their huge effort. The most important bit is if you can't win the game then don't lose it and that was the big difference between today and the Bristol City game when the margin went for them."

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