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Dean Smith: “The players know that they have set their own standards and now they need to keep matching them.”

12 September 2016

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith looks ahead to Wednesday’s trip to Aston Villa

Dean Smith believes that Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion showed what his team is capable of and he has challenged them to maintain those levels as they head to Aston Villa on Wednesday night. Scott Hogan struck twice as The Bees became the first team to inflict defeat on The Seagulls at home since January with Dean admitting that he always thought a result like that was on the cards.

“It was a good win because Brighton and Hove Albion are a very good team which has been together for quite a while as well,” said Dean, speaking to Bees Player earlier this afternoon. “They hadn’t conceded a goal and scored ten in their three games at home before that. I said to the players that I had full confidence in them and I really fancied us. I felt that we had a lot of energy. Our levels were high and we had trained really well and the players played really well. Training has been really good and I think the players know that they have set their own standards and now they need to keep matching them.”

After Saturday’s victory, Dean and his side are back on the road this Wednesday as Brentford head to Aston Villa for a first meeting with The Villains since 1953. Villa have struggled to adjust to life in the second tier following their relegation last season, taking six points from their opening six games, and Dean hopes that The Bees can take advantage of that to pick up another three points. 

“The supporters at Aston Villa expect them to get straight back to the Premier League but they had a terrible season last year,” said Dean. “They have had a big turnaround and I am not sure that confidence is fully back yet. There has been a big change around in players but they have only won one game out of their six so far. Hopefully it is the right time for us to play them but they played very well against Nottingham Forest yesterday and deserved to win the game. “

Wednesday’s game has extra significance for Dean as he used to watch matches at Villa Park with his brother and father when he was younger. Dean said that leading a side out at places like Aston Villa, Newcastle United, and Sheffield Wednesday was one of the main reasons for taking the job at Griffin Park and he can’t wait for Wednesday’s game to arrive.

“It is a game that I am really looking forward to,” said Dean. “I am not sure what way my brother is going to go as he follows Villa everywhere. My dad was a steward there for 30 years. It’s a shame he won’t be there because he has dementia and is in a home now. It is a game that the family are looking forward to. The reason that I took the job at Brentford was that I wanted these games, week in week out, to test myself and try to get to the Premier League. We know that it is going to be tough but I have great belief in the players and the way that the club goes about things.” 

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