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Lee Carsley: “We are starting this season again with a fresh approach”

15 October 2015

Brentford Head Coach looks ahead to Saturday’s match against Rotherham United

Lee Carsley wants the hard work put in on the training pitches over the last 10 days to be reflected in results as Brentford build up to Saturday’s home Sky Bet Championship game against Rotherham United.

The Bees go into Saturday’s match at Griffin Park looking to end a run of three straight defeats and Head Coach Lee believes that real strides have been made over the International Break.

“It is always easy when you take over a team to say that they are not fit enough but I don’t think that was the problem,” said Lee, speaking to Bees Player ahead of the match. “I thought that the intensity that we worked at was a little bit lower and so it was important to get the players playing with a bit more energy and tempo. We have definitely got that across in the last 10 days: the intensity has gone up and we have worked them quite hard.

“They have also had some down time as well and it is almost like we are starting the season again with a fresh approach and hopefully you will see a reflection of that on the pitch. There was a real determination in the boys’ attitudes over the last week. There are a lot of players who are taking ownership, as we are as coaches. There is a really good togetherness within the group but ultimately we need to see this on the pitch.

Lee took over as Brentford Head Coach last month and standing in his way of a first win in charge of The Bees is another new appointment, Neil Redfern at Rotherham United.

The Brentford boss has come across Redfern as both a player and a manager and expects him to get his Rotherham United side playing football ahead of this weekend’s encounter.

Lee is not expecting any of his sidelined players to be ready for this weekend’s test but is hopeful of good news on that front in the coming weeks.

“The focus has got to be on us for Saturday,” said Lee. “I have come across Neil Redfern as a player and as a coach in the Under-18s and Under-21s. I have a lot of time for him: I think he is a good manager and he did well at Leeds United. I thought that Steve Evans did a good job at Rotherham United with how they played this year compared to last season. They are trying to make a lot more passes now than they did but I imagine that Neil Redfern is going to want to put his own stamp on the team. He has a good reputation for passing the ball so I expect them to play.

“We are pretty much where we were in terms of injuries. We had a good group of 23 players training with us this morning. We have still got the long-term injuries but hopefully we will have some good news on them in the next few weeks.”

With The Bees sitting 20th in the Sky Bet Championship table Lee believes it is not just the players but also the coaches who need to take responsibility for the situation that the side find themselves in. 

“We are looking to get some momentum,” said Lee. “I was looking on the board earlier and we have been really inconsistent over the whole season in general. As coaches we have to take responsibility for that. It is not a case of pointing the finger at the players. As a Head Coach over the last two games I have made as many mistakes as they have in terms of the teams that I have selected, the formations that I have tried and the substitutions that I have made and I need to be a lot better.”

Bees Player subscribers can listen to the full interview here


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