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Dean Smith on Ipswich Town fixture

Head Coach gives thoughts on upcoming matches with Ipswich Town and Queens Park Rangers

17 August 2017

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Head Coach Dean Smith was left frustrated on Tuesday night, but is looking ahead to the rest of the season with optimism. He sat down with the press on Thursday to discuss the weekend's action.

"It could so easily be nine points out of three games," said Dean, "so I'm not too despondent. Obviously, I would like a lot more points but I've always said that it's about performances and usually the performances will bring you results.

"It was very disappointing that we conceded in the 98th minute [on Tuesday]. I was very calm after the game as I went into the dressing room and I enjoyed watching us play on Tuesday night. I thought we played some terrific stuff, they had to defend tremendously well because on another day we could have scored five or six."

The Bees play Ipswich Town on Saturday in search of their first win of the season. Dean knows the challenge that his team face at the weekend.

"It's always a tough test against one of Mick's team's anyway, you know, they've started the season really well. They've won all four games, played well and it's going to be a test for us.

"They've got good players there, they have a management team that has been there and done it, and got teams out of this league. We have to concentrate on ourselves, we'll pay them the full respect they deserve but the important thing is how we approach the game.

"One of my big things this week is to make sure the lads still believe in what they are doing because it can be easy when you're not picking up points to lose focus and not believe in what's happening. The performances have inspired me to believe we are on the right track to where we want to get to."

Dean also gave an update on midfielder Josh McEachran who was brought off with an injury against Bristol City.

"Josh got stretchered off on Tuesday night. The X-Ray was clear, which is good news. He'll have an MRI scan this afternoon just to rule anything further out. I'm hopeful it's not as bad as first feared and maybe we can look at QPR and Wolves next week if the MRI is okay, Saturday is just too early for him."

Dean also touched on the Carabao Cup Second Round tie against Queens Park Rangers in five days' time.

"It'll be exciting," he said. "The fact that we have been drawn against QPR will make it an exciting game. It's a game that we'll look forward to but Ipswich is the priority at the moment."

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