Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith said he’s approaching Sunday’s game against Blackburn Rovers with the sole aim of taking three points. Rovers head to Griffin Park occupying the final Sky Bet Championship relegation place, needing to better Nottingham Forest’s result at home to Ipswich Town to have any hope of avoiding the drop. Despite The Bees sitting comfortably in mid-table, Dean said his side will still be completely focused on ending the season with three points.
“We were struggling on Saturday at Fulham,” admitted Dean to Bees Player. “Rico Henry is definitely out. Alan McCormack has trained all week and is available. Maxime Colin hasn’t trained this week but we are going to have a look tomorrow and see if he will be ok. Other than that we have been down to bare bones and Sunday will be no different. All you can really deal with is what your club want you to do. You have a squad of players and you have to go and pick a team that you believe can win a football game. I will pick a side on Sunday that I believe will win against Blackburn Rovers. Whatever happens to Blackburn Rovers is not my concern. I have got to concentrate on Brentford and I will do that. I have to concentrate on our level of performance and make sure it is like it has been all season.”
A point at home to Tony Mowbray’s side would see The Bees equal last season’s points tally of 65 and guarantee consecutive top ten finishes under Smith. The Bees Head Coach believes his side are in a better place than they were 12 months ago and is very optimistic for the future.
“We have improved on a lot of fronts,” said Dean. “We are a more well-drilled team now and you can see what we are trying to do. The players’ understanding is miles better than it was as is their attitude and application towards learning. We have got young players who are getting better which is a great position for us to be in as a football club. Our attitude is never any different. It is always to go out and play to the best of your ability and put in a good performance. Then usually the result comes. We have been playing well. We had a tough game at Fulham last weekend but we stood up to the challenge well. We will be looking to do the same on Sunday with the backing of our fans who have been treated to some fantastic football from the players at home."
The Bees have been the top scorers in the Sky Bet Championship in 2017, helped in no small part by the form of Jota and Lasse Vibe. Dean admits he wouldn’t be surprised if clubs were casting an eye over Brentford’s young stars but feels that Griffin Park is a great environment for players to be in at the moment.
“It is the same every year at most clubs as there are suitors for the players doing well,” said Dean. “We want to keep the best players at the football club and we are not looking to get rid of anyone. Jota is enjoying his football. It is a good environment to be in here. We have a good culture amongst the players and the staff which makes it a good place to be. Jota feels loved by the supporters and he looks like he is playing football with a smile on his face. I could say the same about Sergi Canos and Lasse Vibe. They seem to complement each other and it helps that you go and enjoy your football like that.”