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Stoppages were no excuse for Brentford defeat – Ivan Toney

Brentford striker Ivan Toney has refused to speak about an apology after their stop-start loss to Wolves.

There were bizarre scenes at Brentford Community Stadium as both groups of players were forced off the pitch for nearly 20 minutes as a drone hovered overhead.

The flying nuisance finally sounded to allow play to resume, and Joao Moutinho put Wolves ahead before Toney equalized.

But Ruben Neves brought the Bees back to earth as his late strike condemned them to a 2-1 defeat, their sixth defeat in seven matches.

“It was hard to take,” Toney said. “I felt when we got the equalizer it was only going one way, which was our way.

“But obviously the quality that they showed from the edge of the box, they have the quality to do that.

“It was tough, but we can’t use that as an excuse. Both teams got the stoppage. Obviously, you need to stay focused and keep moving.

“I felt when we came back from the break for the drone, we started sloppy. But it’s stop and go and there’s nothing we can do about it.

“You have to go out and keep the game going and they handled it well and got the three points.”

Toney’s goal, a fine volley from a Bryan Mbeumo free-kick, took his season tally to seven.

The 25-year-old believes Brentford must use the international break to ‘reset’ and find their way back to winning ways before they are dragged into trouble.

“I feel there is something we can take out of the game, we have to look ahead now and try to change it in the next game,” he added.

“On a personal note, it was another for the count, but it’s a lot sweeter when there are three points behind.

“Time to reset. Obviously, we are on a bad patch, we know it. But it’s not like we play badly, we just concede stupid goals.

“If we eliminate that, we have a great chance. It’s time to reboot and start again.

Wolves winger Adama Traore came on as a substitute amid reports linking him with Tottenham, and saw a late goal ruled out for a tight offside.

“The most important thing is how he plays for us,” said boss Bruno Lage.

“He played again with energy and scored the third ‘goal’ again. He scored last week, and the way he celebrated with his team-mates and also with me.

“He’s a team player, a great professional and a lovely guy. I’m very happy with him.