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“We want to put last week to bed straight away”

Bees Head Coach Dean Smith looks ahead to tomorrow’s game against Barnsley

15 December 2017

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Dean is looking for an instant reaction from his players as they try to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Hull City when Barnsley come to Griffin Park tomorrow. The Tykes have lost their last five league games, scoring just one goal in that run, but Paul Heckingbottom’s side did take four points off The Bees last season. Speaking ahead of the game, Dean said he feels Barnsley are much better than their recent results suggest.

“We want to put last week to bed straight away,” Dean told iFollow Brentford. “We have been very good this season at coming back from poor performances and results and we have to go and do that again. They aren’t on the best of runs at the moment. Paul Heckingbottom has done a fantastic job with them. They finished in the top half of the table last season and they will be looking to do that again. They have just hit a bad run of form and lost a lot of players. They are a very young team but they are certainly very aggressive when they attack and go forward. They have some good young players at the club who can hurt anybody. They came and did a job on us last season and it was a very tough game at their place. We know first-hand what a difficult task it will be. They have a lot of different players from last season but we will certainly give them the respect that they deserve.”

The Bees have been turning Griffin Park into a fortress this season and are unbeaten in the last nine on home soil. Dean Smith’s side have put six past Leeds United and Fulham on their last two outings in front of the Brentford fans and Dean is hopeful of seeing that run continue on Saturday.

“It is great being back at home, our home form has been strong we feel,” said Dean. “We haven’t been beaten at home since the first game of the season. We have probably drawn too many games at home but we are on a decent run in recent weeks. We have beaten Leeds United and Fulham to home so we have to make sure that we continue that. The goals are coming from all areas as well. They aren’t just coming from the centre-forwards which is something that we work on. We have a structure to how we play which enables other players to join in with play.”

In the wake of Saturday’s defeat to Hull City, Dean felt that his side had gone away from what they are good at in the 3-2 reversal at The KCOM Stadium. The Bees Head Coach revealed that team cohesion and work in possession had been a big part of the group’s preparations this week.

“The focus has been on getting our attitude and application right,” revealed Dean. “We didn’t play well in the second-half against Hull City. We looked less cohesive than we have done this season and we have tried to put that right. That was the disappointing part of the game on Saturday because it is a game that we felt we should have won, especially after we took the lead. Our ball possession wasn’t as good as it normally is and the way that we used the ball wasn’t as good either. We have been working hard on that this week.”

Dean also had an update on Lasse Vibe’s injury recovery after the striker limped out of the win over Fulham a fortnight ago.

“Lasse Vibe trained with us on Thursday,” said Dean. “We will have a chat with him later on to decide whether he can start or be on the bench but we don’t know if it is too early for him or not. Other than that, it is as was for Hull City.” 

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