Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith hailed The Bees Training Camp a success as his team rounded it off with a 1-1 draw against Lausanne Sport yesterday.
The Bees have been in Divonne-Les-Bains, France, for the past week, building up to the new Sky Bet Championship season. After an intensive week of training, Lasse Vibe struck early as Brentford took the lead against the Swiss Super League side. However, the visitors levelled after the break as the game finished all square.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Dean said: “It was a really good workout for us. We have had a tough week’s training and coming into the match today I was trying to get two 45 minutes out of the lads but four of them had to play longer than we had planned. I was really pleased with the first 45 minutes. We moved the ball really well. They are a week away from the start of their season and they played their first-team for it. I was really pleased with the first-half and then second-half we probably didn’t move the ball as well. I am pleased that we got another run-out. It’s now back to blighty to get ready for Oxford United on Wednesday. The aim is to be ready for Sheffield United and we are probably a bit ahead of where I thought we would be to be honest.”
Since arriving last Saturday, The Bees have been putting in double, and sometimes triple sessions, at their idyllic training base on the Swiss border in preparation for the new campaign. Dean admitted that it has been a tough week for the players and the staff but said he has been really happy with what he has seen over the past seven days.
“On the whole it has been a fantastic week,” said Dean. “The players’ attitudes have been spot on and that was shown by the game today as well. When the players are tired you see if they are making the right decisions with what you have been doing in training. They are starting to take on board the ideas that we are giving them. They seem a happy but tired group. They will be looking forward to getting back to their families but I have been really pleased with them. It is tough for the staff to be away from their families for a week but it is what we are paid to do and we enjoy it.”
Around 100 Brentford fans made the trip to the Complex Sportif de Divonne-Les-Bains for today’s game and they were able, after the game, to mingle with the players, take photos, and get autographs. Dean feels that moments like that are important in fostering a healthy spirit amongst the fans, players, and staff, something he believes could be a huge benefit to the team this season.
“There is a great camaraderie and togetherness as you can see with all the players in with the fans now having their photos taken,” said Dean. “There is a great camaraderie about the football club and that can move us forward. I’ve spoken before about how we saw that at Huddersfield Town and how they were successful with that. We have got it but I don’t think we have promoted it enough. Now is the time to promote it. We are a big community club and we have a great fanbase. The players, the staff, and the supporters all have to be together.”