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“Our recent performances at home have been very good so we have to do that again”

23 February 2017

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith looks ahead to Saturday’s visit from Rotherham United

Dean Smith has called for a committed performance from his side on Saturday as the Sky Bet Championship’s bottom side Rotherham United head to Griffin Park. The Millers’ arrive in West London 15 points from safety, having picked up just one point on their travels so far this season. The Bees' last two home games have yielded four points and six goals with Dean wanting his team to pick up where they left off when Rotherham arrive on Saturday. 

“We all felt that Sheffield Wednesday would be a top six team and that Rotherham United would be scrapping away,” said Dean, speaking to Bees Player ahead of the match. “They have been scrapping away all season and it has been tough. They have changed managers twice this season, once early in the season and again when Kenny Jackett didn’t last too long in the job. They have had a lot of change there and it has been tough for them. They beat us at their place early in the season. It was fortunate I must say because I thought that we were very good on the day but didn’t take our chances. We have to make sure that we are fully committed to our performance to get a result. The mentality has been good and our recent performances at home have been very good so we have to do that again.”

With Lasse Vibe missing Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday due to injury, Romaine Sawyers was pressed into playing the main striking role at Hillsborough. Dean revealed that Lasse is touch and go to be ready for Saturday’s game but said he does have options in reserve should the Danish striker not be fit in time.

 “Lasse Vibe took part in a light training session today but only part of the session," said Dean. "We are no clearer in knowing whether he will be fit or not until tomorrow. I thought that Romaine Sawyers did well for us. He became a target and brought others into play. He has had a couple of efforts on goal which we would like to see him do more. He filled the position well and his link up with Jota, Sergi Canos, and Florian Jozefzoon was very good. Hopefully there will be more of the same. We also have the opportunity to play Florian up front, where he finished the game. He can play up there with his pace and power and Sergi can play up there as well. We have got a few options but we are short of centre forwards with Lasse Vibe and Philipp Hofmann struggling.”

Captain Harlee Dean picked up his tenth booking of the season late on in Tuesday’s game meaning he will miss Saturday’s match and the trip to Ipswich Town in a week’s time due to suspension. With John Egan marking his return to the side on Tuesday with a goal, Dean said the door is open for Yoann Barbet or Andreas Bjelland to make a starting spot theirs over the coming week.

“That is the beauty of having four really good centre-backs,” said Dean. “We have had the opportunity to play three at the back this season but have gone back to a two and John Egan couldn’t get in the team. For Tuesday night I left Andreas Bjelland out. Yoann Barbet has been unfortunate too as we know how well he did last season. It is an opportunity for Andreas and Yoann to fight for the spot for the next two games and put our captain in a position where it is tough for him to get back.”

There was also positive news on the injury front as Dean revealed that the injury which saw Josh McEachran stretchered off on Tuesday night does not appear to be as bad as first feared.

“Josh McEachran is struggling for Saturday,” said Dean. “He took a whack just above the ankle. It has been scanned and x-rayed and there is no fracture. It is just very painful at the moment. He has got a crutch to aid his walking.”

Don’t miss out on a piece of history: celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fans saving Brentford by booking tickets now for The Bees’ home match against Rotherham United on 25 February. Prices are just £1 for Juniors, £5 for Young Persons, and £20 for adults all over Griffin Park.

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