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Dean Smith on The Bees' first league game at Griffin Park

Head Coach looks forward to home opener against Nottingham Forest

10 August 2017

Dean Smith is looking to get Brentford up and running with the team's first three points of the 2017/18 season at home this weekend.

"I'm pleased that we got through," said Dean, sitting down in front of the press at Jersey Road this afternoon (Thursday). "There were some really good parts to the game, good control of the football. I thought we should have killed the game off a lot earlier, and I said that after the game.

"They'll do alright in League One, they are a decent team and it was a good test for us. It gave the opportunity for all our players to have minutes this season, we made ten changes and have pretty much everyone fit for Saturday."

Dean is hoping to bring success to the fans who come to TW8 each week by building on the start made last term.

"I'm looking forward to the first home game of the season," said Dean. "The supporters will be there in their numbers and give us their usual backing, and it's something we look forward to at Griffin Park. We want to make it into a fortress, we felt we did at times last season and we want to be as consistent as we can there.

"We want to give the supporters something to shout about, we had some good games and good times there last season, and we want to start that right at the start of this season at home. Nottingham Forest gives us the opportunity to do that."

Dean also told iFollow about the environment inside the dressing room at Jersey Road, and how much of a test they will get at home this weekend.

"The atmosphere is still up there," said Dean. "They had a really good pre-season and everyone was looking forward to the first game. Obviously the first result was disappointing for us all but the performance wasn't. We didn't deserve to lose the game, and had we taken our chances we wouldn't have. We know there's not an awful lot to we need to do to not lose games like that. That's why we are looking forward to Saturday, to try and put in a performance but get the result with it.

"It'll be a tough game, they've won their first couple of games. They beat Millwall and then Shrewsbury on Tuesday. Like ourselves, they made 11 changes - we were just one short - but even they will say they were fortunate to win the game against Millwall, Millwall had a number of chances but they got that three points on the board.

"They've got some really good players there, and obviously Mark [Warburton] coming back to Griffin Park adds to the game but we have to concentrate on ourselves."


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