Brentford Head Coach previews Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to Reading
Marinus Dijkhuizen is looking forward to being back in front of the home fans at Griffin Park when Reading make the short trip to West London this Saturday.
With the match against Birmingham City postponed due to the Griffin Park pitch it has been three weeks since The Bees only home league game.
On the eve of the first international break Marinus thinks it would be a perfect time to get a first home win of the season and send the players and fans into the two-week break in a good mood.
“It will be good to be back at Griffin Park especially after the problems with the pitch,” said Marinus, speaking to Bees Player in the build-up to the match. “It is important to pick up the three points on Saturday because after that we don’t have a match for two weeks. If we win then it will be much better going on the break than if we lose because we have to wait a long time for the next game. It is an important game and I want to get our first home win.”
The Bees Head Coach added that he has no concerns over the playing surface at Griffin Park which was re-laid earlier this week and confirmed the team would train on the pitch on Friday afternoon.
“I was at the ground on Tuesday looking at the pitch,” said Marinus. “It wasn’t finished but it looked very good.It is important after pre-season and the games against Ipswich Town and Oxford United that the players get the right mindset and feeling about the pitch. Normally we don’t train on the pitch the day before but now I think it is very important.”
Brentford did the double over Reading last season, following up a 3-1 home win in October with a 2-0 win at the Madejski Stadium in their final away game.
The Royals have three points, all from draws, from their opening four games of the season and Marinus expects a tight match if previous results are anything to go by.
“I watched Reading’s last match against Milton Keynes Dons,” said Marinus. “In the first-half they dropped off but in the second-half they applied more pressure. They are a tight team and you can see that in their goal difference. After four games they have conceded three goals and scored two goals so that says a lot. They haven’t won but they haven’t lost many either so I think it will be another tight game.”
Marinus’s squad was boosted by the news that Nico Yennaris and Sam Saunders had returned to the first-team squad after injury.
With no midweek game Marinus said it was beneficial to get another full week of training with the squad as he feels they are getting used to the way he wants to play.
“We had a good training session on Thursday morning,” said Marinus. “Nico Yennaris and Sam Saunders trained this week which is good. They give us more options because we were a little short on players against Burnley. It is good to have extra players in as that gives us more options. I expect Marcos Tebar will be back with us after the international break.
“We have had good preparation and on Friday afternoon we will train on Griffin Park for a final preparation for the match. I am starting to see the players getting used to how I want them to play. In the first-half against Burnley the defensive organisation was good and we were good on the ball. It is getting better and better and I think it is getting clearer for the players how we want to play.”
With just a few days to go before the transfer window closes Brentford’s Head Coach confirmed that he is hopeful new faces will join his squad before 6pm on Tuesday.
“The Directors of Football are busy looking to get some players in and I hope they can do that,” said Marinus. “We are short up-front and we need a winger now. We have few options there because of the injury to Jota and Andre Gray’s departure so we need at least two more there.”
Bees Player subscribers can listen to the full interview with Marinus here