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“More of the same will certainly put us on the road to getting a win”

Dean Smith previews Saturday’s trip to Bolton Wanderers

22 September 2017

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Bees Head Coach Dean Smith doesn’t feel that Brentford’s current run of form changes anything ahead of tomorrow’s trip to bottom of the table Bolton Wanderers. The Bees are still without a league win ahead of the journey North-West to the only other Sky Bet Championship side without a league success. Despite the winless start, Dean doesn’t feel that changes how he, and his side, will approach tomorrow’s game.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford ahead of the match, Dean said: “We go into every game trying to win and there will be no let-up on that. The determination has been fierce from the players. Our determination to get that win is no less than it was on the first day. Expectation and pressure is only built up from outside. The pressure we put on ourselves in the eighth or ninth game is no different to the first game. All you can do is go out to try and win a football game and that is what we will try to do. On the whole, our supporters have been very patient. They want to see wins and we want to feel wins. They have been patient but we have to go and perform to get the wins for the supporters.”

The Bees have had chances to open their league account this season but haven’t been able to put teams to bed despite dominating. Dean admits there isn’t a secret formula to installing confidence in his frontmen but said they simply have to keep getting into good positions.

“At times, it is between the ears as well,” admitted Dean. “The runs Florian Jozefzoon made on Saturday were tremendous. He kept getting opportunities but unfortunately, he didn’t take them. If he keeps getting in and making those opportunities, then he will certainly start scoring them. Neal Maupay showed what a good finisher he is earlier in the season and he will come good again. The players have been working very hard and scoring goals in training. What you are hoping is that they take one of the chances that comes their way tomorrow.”

Standing in The Bees way of a first league win on Saturday is a trip to The Macron Stadium to take on Phil Parkinson’s Wanderers. Since returning to the Championship in the summer, Bolton have managed just two draws from eight games but, nevertheless, Dean is preparing his team for a real battle on Saturday.

“I’ve clashed swords with Phil Parkinson and Steve Parkin many times before,” said Dean. “You know you are going to be in for a battle, that is for sure. I have already spoken to the players about what a tough game it will be and they will be determined to get their first win. We have had a look at what they do and will try to counter that but in terms of how we play, then more of the same will certainly put us on the road to getting a win. We’ve dominated a number of games this season by playing our way and we have to keep doing that. I have a great belief in that but there are times when you have to look at the opposition and see what they have got.” 

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