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Dean predicting “good game” as Reading visit Griffin Park

Brentford Head Coach sits down for his pre-match press conference

14 September 2017

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Dean Smith is adamant there is no shortage of confidence within the Brentford ranks as his side look to open their league account when Reading visit Griffin Park on Saturday afternoon. Despite Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday leaving Smith’s side without a win in seven Sky Bet Championship attempts, The Bees Head Coach feels an upturn in results is just around the corner.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford ahead of the game, Dean said: “We are all disappointed with the results but we are not disappointed with the performances. We concentrate on getting the performances because usually the results follow but it hasn’t been the case. I’ve been at clubs when they have been in trouble and we certainly aren’t. We have a great belief in how we play, how we do things, and the players we have. The players certainly don’t look short on confidence when they are playing. As long as they are going out on the pitch and performing then things can turn very quickly in this game.”

Jaap Stam’s Reading arrive in TW8 with seven points from six games to their name after last weekend’s late defeat at home to Bristol City. Despite going into the game without a league win, Dean doesn’t believe there is any more pressure on his side to win the game than there would be to win any game.  

“We know what we will face from Reading,” admitted Dean. “You have to give great credit to Jaap Stam and the coaching team for the job they have done. They have their principles so it will definitely be a game where both sides have an idea of how the opposition will play. There will be an expectation that we need to win this game but we needed to win against Aston Villa and against Sheffield Wednesday. For me that doesn’t change game to game but the longer you wait for that first win then the more pressure can build in the supporters’ eyes. The majority of supporters have stuck by us and been really pleased with the football that they are seeing. I think it will be a good game of football and whoever plays the best will win.”

Dean was also able to give an injury update on Henrik Dalsgaard after the defender was knocked unconscious late-on at Hillsborough two days ago as well as The Bees other current injury concerns.

“He was down on the floor for a long time and out but he is right as rain,” revealed Dean. “After the game he was up and talking in the dressing room and he has been in today. He hasn’t come out to train with us but he has had the doctor look at him a little bit and been taking some tests. He is certainly made of stern stuff. I am waiting on the doctor’s say so as they will determine whether it is right for him to play. Lasse Vibe is probably a week or two away and Sergi Canos is still out. Lewis Macleod is in full-time training with us at the moment. He is playing in small sided games and getting physical contact so hopefully he will be involved in a couple of games in the next few weeks.”

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