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Yoann targets first home win

Defender looks ahead to Millwall clash

13 October 2017

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Yoann Barbet said the mood in the Brentford squad was good ahead of the London derby with Millwall. The Bees welcome Millwall to Griffin Park tomorrow for a Sky Bet Championship clash and Yoann, speaking to the media ahead of the match, said it would be a good time for Brentford to pick up their first home win of the season. The defender said he knew the game would be a tough one but everyone was positive at the moment.

Yoann said training during the international break was different with some players away with their countries. But good results for Denmark – who included Henrik Dalsgaard and Andreas Bjelland – and South Africa – who included Kamohelo Mokotjo – meant the mood when the group reconvened was good. Yoann said Lasse Vibe, Sergi Canós and Lewis Macleod returning from injuries had also led to a positive feeling around the Training Ground.

“We are happy to have all our players back,” he said. “Especially those that went away on international duty. They all won so they are happy. We also have Lasse, Sergi and Lewis back. We have almost a full squad training at the moment. It is very positive and we are in a good mood ahead of the derby.

“We know it will be a tough game. We are still looking for our first home win and it would be good to do it in a derby. We know they will be a difficult team to play against. They try to win second balls and create chances. They have big strikers and we know that and have to deal with it. We are confident on the ball, we have to play our game and create chances. We have to play our game and we will be fine.”

Brentford have won only one of 11 games so far this term but Yoann said no-one in the camp was panicking, especially as they had lost just one of their last seven league matches. He said The Bees had been playing well and would pick up more points if their form was maintained. But the defender admitted he would rather play poorly and win as that was less frustrating.

“It is really frustrating to play well and deserve to win and not get the points,” said Yoann. “It is hard but we are not panicking, we are playing well and that gives us confidence. We have to keep going on our way. We need a bit of luck and be more clinical in both boxes. One win in 11 games is not enough but if we play like we have been we will get more. We want to win games, we need some results and if we play badly and get them that is OK because it is more frustrating to play well and not win. We just want three points, if we can play well and win, that is perfect.”

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