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Dean Smith: Brentford 'have got to be at their best’ on Saturday

7 April 2016

The Bees Head Coach previews this weekend’s match against Ipswich Town

Dean Smith feels that there is a renewed confidence around Griffin Park after back to back wins eased any relegation fears for his side. Following Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, Brentford cruised past the league’s bottom side, Bolton Wanderers, 3-1 on Tuesday night to wrap up a second win in four days. Next up is a trip to East Anglia to take on Play-Off chasing Ipswich Town and, while The Bees' boss feels that his side go to Portman Road full of confidence, he has warned that they will have to be at their best to get anything from Mick McCarthy’s side.

“The six points were just what we needed and they are what our performances deserved,” said Dean. “It gives everyone a bit of a breather but it also gives people renewed confidence and smiles on the faces. Hopefully we can take that into Saturday’s game now against Ipswich Town who are pushing for the Play-Offs. I have a lot of respect for Mick McCarthy and the job that he has done at every football club. He gave me some great advice when I first took over at Walsall and he was at Wolves. I am looking forward to pitting my wits against him.

“We have got to be at our best because they are fighting to get into the Play-Offs. Every game in the Championship so far has been a physical test. There are a lot of physical players about in the league but we have got a good technical ability to our play as well. Historically the pitch at Portman Road has always been fantastic so hopefully it will be the same and we can play some of our football.”

The Bees lost four in a row heading into the last international break to drop to 19th in the Sky Bet Championship but Dean felt his side never stopped working hard or believing in what they were doing. The former Walsall boss believed that the recent wins have been a reward for all the hard work that was put in while results weren’t going their way, and which is still being put in now.

“I said after Saturday that there were a lot of ice packs being used and it was the same after the Bolton game,” said Dean. “All credit to the players that they got themselves back out there after a tough game against Nottingham Forest and acquitted themselves really well. It was a light training session today for the the ones that started on Tuesday. For the ones that didn’t start they put a good hours training in to get the minutes under their belt. Tomorrow we will get ready and prepare for a tough game against Ipswich Town.

“It would be brilliant for the players to get three wins in a row and it would be what they have deserved for the effort and work that they have put in. We never lost belief or sight in what we are trying to do. They have been consistent on the training ground and they have got their rewards.”

Ahead of Saturday’s trip East Dean revealed that he would be without John Swift and Leandro Rodriguez through injury after John picked up a nasty cut on international duty and Leandro suffered a muscle injury in Saturday’s win over Forest.

“I think they are going to leave the stitches in John Swift’s wound for a little bit longer,” said Dean. “It was a nasty one and where it is the stitches needed to be in for a little bit longer so that rules John out. Leandro Rodriguez has a Grade One so we are hoping that he might be back next Saturday. That is a relief because when he first did it I thought it was going to be a long one and maybe take him out of his loan period. That is good news but the other lads are more long-term injuries.”

Bees Player subscribers can watch the full interview with Dean below 

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