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"We took three valuable points with three wonderful goals”

Dean Smith reflects on today’s 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers

23 September 2017

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith was pleased that his side’s performance was finally rewarded with the three points after this afternoon’s win at The Macron Stadium. Yoann Barbet smashed The Bees ahead just before the break with a stunning 30 yard free-kick. Nico Yennaris extended the advantage with another fine strike midway through the second-half and the top class goals kept on coming as Ollie Watkins completed the scoring late on.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Dean said: “Our performances this season have been very good and it was very good again today. We took three valuable points with three wonderful goals. I didn’t think we started very well in the opening ten minutes. They got into our faces and we didn’t move the ball as we would have liked but after that we took over the game. The other side of the game was very good today. We had to defend our box and we did that. They have a lot of height and power but we dealt with that really well today. The disappointing thing for me was that we didn’t take our better chances.”

The win was The Bees first in nine attempts in the league this campaign. Despite the poor run of results, Dean said he never had any worries about his side’s belief or confidence.

“I have never seen a drop in confidence from the players,” revealed Dean. “There is a belief about how we play. I told the players that as long as we show commitment and work ethic then we will be ok and that showed today.”

The Bees have an instant chance to earn a second win of the season as Derby County visit Griffin Park this Tuesday. Dean admits it will be a tough test when The Rams head to West London on Tuesday but wants to put on a show for the fans at Griffin Park.

“It is a home game and we want to get a win for our home fans,” said Dean. “It will be a tough game as they are one of the favourites to get out of this league. Gary Rowett did really well at Birmingham City and now he is at Derby. It is going to be a tough game. Today will certainly give us a boost having gone so long without a win. Hopefully we can take that into the next game. It is another big week against two teams who are destined to be in the top six. We feel that we have competed with every team we’ve played so far and should have more points than we have. We have to go and prove that in these games.” 

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