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Dean Smith keen on extending “improving” away form

16 April 2017

Brentford Head Coach looks ahead to Monday’s trip to Barnsley

Dean Smith hasn’t ruled out making changes as he looks to guide Brentford to a fifth league win in six matches when they head to South Yorkshire on Monday to take on Barnsley. The Bank Holiday trip to Oakwell will be The Bees fifth match in 16 days and, with the small matter of a West London derby against QPR on the horizon, Dean hinted that he might look to freshen up his squad.

Speaking to Bees Player after Friday’s win over Derby County, Dean said: “It will be another tough game at Barnsley. I might have to rest a few players due to play to playing Friday and Monday and with a big game against QPR coming up next weekend. I will see how they are. Ryan Woods is a bit dazed. He has a cut on the side of the head but he is made of stern stuff so he will be ok. I have given them a deserved day off on Saturday: I don’t normally do that so they gave me a rousing reception in the dressing room.”

Last Saturday’s defeat at Cardiff City ended a four game unbeaten run away from Griffin Park which had seen Dean Smith’s side pick up ten points. Coming on the back of Friday’s 4-0 demolition of Derby County, Dean feels he has the squad to get cope with the fixture demands and pick up another three points. 

“Before we went into the away game at Cardiff City our away form had improved and we want to make sure that we keep improving it,” said Dean. “It is not the biggest squad in the world but we have got quality. We can change things now from the subs bench. You can look over your shoulder and be quite pleased with what you are putting on. The fact that you have got John Egan, who is pushing for player of the season, but hasn’t played for the last few weeks shows that we have great quality in the squad.”

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