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"You want to put that behind you as quick as possible"

20 February 2017

Dean Smith looks ahead to Tuesday's clash with Wednesday

Dean Smith has seen the break in football at the weekend as a positive, giving his players a chance to rest and recuperate. The Head Coach spoke to the press earlier today, reflecting on previous matches as well as previewing tomorrow's trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

"It's been useful," said Dean. "I think we would have probably preferred a game on Saturday, certainly after the exploits on the Tuesday. I thought we played very well against Reading and deserved to come away with all the points. You want to put that behind you as quick as possible, but it's given us time to work on the training ground and rest a few players as well.

"I saw a couple of games myself, Richard went to watch Sheffield Wednesday at Nottingham Forest as well, so we've all been out and about to take in a few games. It's given us a chance to do that, we gave the players Saturday off and have been in Sunday and Monday working towards this game.

"You have to concern yourselves with the performance because that's the only thing you can control, you can't control the result of the game. We were more than good enough to win that game. To go to a team like Reading, who have been playing so well and are doing so well in the league, and have 23 efforts on their goal away from home shows a good performance. We conceded three goals again and that's something that we need to do better with."

Since the match with Wolverhampton Wanderers had to be rearranged, Brentford's schedule looks a lot busier going forward into March and April. Dean is aware that he will need to manage his team accordingly to make sure everyone is available in the coming weeks.

"I usually give the players six match targets, then they come back to me with what they believe they can get. I personally like game to game, that's all I can focus on. Especially in the period that's coming up, we'll end up having five games in 15 days at one stage but we have seven games in the next four or five weeks. It's a real congested period now and we have to utilise the squad as best we can."

The gaffer also gave a quick update on the current shape of his squad ahead of tomorrow evening's match.

"Philipp Hofmann had to have an injection into his back," said Dean. "He is back jogging now, so Sheffield will be too soon for him but we're hoping he should be fit for Saturday.

"Rico Henry has been back training with us for the last three weeks, he played 60 minutes for the B Team against QPR so it's great to have him around us now.

"Alan Judge is back around us, still non-contact but great to have him involved. Alan McCormack had a knock back, he had a bit of a groin strain again so was coming back from that but felt his calf. He is having to be nursed back very gently at the moment because his body's broken down a few times.

"Other than that we are alright."

To get more of this interview, the full broadcast press session with Dean can be viewed on Bees Player now.

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