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“We take great confidence from the run that we are on”

Dean Smith previews tomorrow’s game against Leeds United

3 November 2017

Brentford go into tomorrow’s televised at home to Leeds United game high on confidence according to Head Coach Dean Smith. After Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Birmingham City, The Bees are now unbeaten in eight games in the Sky Bet Championship and have climbed up the table in recent weeks. Dean feels it’s important that the team don’t get too carried away on the recent good run of form but believes that they can definitely take heart from it.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford ahead of the game at Griffin Park, Dean said: “From the start of the season we have never got too high or too low on results. We have based the way we play on our performances and we felt that our performances have been very good but we weren’t’ getting the results. Just because we have won three out of four, we aren’t going to get too high. The basics are still the most important thing. We have to go out and work hard and make sure we don’t get out-run or out-fought by the opposition. The players are certainly standing up to that test every week and I believe that we have a great quality of football that has helped us get the goals to win the games. We take great confidence from the run that we are on at the moment: to go eight games unbeaten in this league is a tough thing to do. We want to keep that going.”

In the way of a ninth game unbeaten ahead of the next international break stands a Leeds United side whose form has deserted them in recent weeks. After a nine-game unbeaten start to the season, Thomas Christiansen’s men have lost seven of their last ten in all competitions to drop out of the top six. Despite their poor form of late, Dean is wary of the talent in their squad and admits The Bees will have to be at their best in front of the cameras tomorrow evening.

“The turnaround is very quick and Leeds will have that day extra turnaround than ourselves,” said Dean. “We are not a team that makes excuses. We will go out and perform as well as we can. They have a good team all over. They have good ball carriers in the wide areas. Ronaldo Vieira is a strong, powerful player in the midfield and Eunan O’Kane is a great footballer. From their results earlier in the season you can see they can hurt anybody. They haven’t had a run of results that has been favourable to them but I haven’t lost sight of that fact that, in the middle of that, they went to Bristol City, who are going well, and won 3-0 there.”

On the injury front, Dean is happy to welcome back Nico Yennaris, who missed Tuesday’s win after being knocked out at Preston last Saturday, while he is sweating on the fitness of Henrik Dalsgaard after he limped off at St Andew’s.

“We have had to send Henrik Dalsgaard off for a scan so we aren’t sure if he is going to be right for Leeds United yet,” revealed Dean. “We will look at him as late as possible because he has been very important to our plans and has done very well. Other than that, we are fine. Nico Yennaris is back: he has ticked all the boxes from his concussion and is available for us. Everyone else has come through two bruising battles with Preston North End and Birmingham City and are fighting fit.” 


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