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“There is no one way that wins football games”

Dean Smith looks ahead to Tuesday’s trip to Nottingham Forest

9 April 2018

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith feels his side’s last two victories have shown that they have what it takes to win any game in the Sky Bet Championship. A free-flowing performance against Bristol City on Easter Monday was followed up by a gritty display against Ipswich Town last Saturday, with a single Neal Maupay goal proving decisive on both occasions. Now, with a trip to Aitor Karanka's Nottingham Forest up next, Dean is pleased to see his side adapting to win games.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford after Saturday’s victory at Griffin Park, Dean said: “We didn’t play particularly well [on Saturday] but we have dogged one out which is what you need to be successful. There is no one way that wins football games. You have seen that this season with the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers who pass it and Cardiff City who make it very difficult for teams. This league shows you that there are so many different ways to win football games. [Against Ipswich Town] we had to dig in a little bit and get the result.”

Those back-to-back wins mean The Bees head to The City Ground, a place where they have won on their last three visits, five points off the top six with five games to play. Forest edged a seven-goal thriller at Griffin Park back in August with Dean hoping to exact a measure of revenge on the banks of the River Trent tomorrow night.

“The gap is still the same but we have gone up a place,” said Dean. “We just have to look to the next game and try to win it. It seems a long time ago now that their centre-midfielder scored two fantastic strikes on the day that I have not seen him score since. It was just one of those games for us. It was typical of the start to the season where we played so well but didn’t get the right result. It is nice to go to Nottingham Forest with two wins on the bounce and four unbeaten.”

There will be Pay on the Day, cash only, pre-match at The City Ground tomorrow. Tickets will be on sale, Adults £22, Seniors £17, 18-23 £10, Students/16-17 £5, Under-16s £1.

After Forest, and Saturday’s trip to Fulham, Dean Smith’s men will be back at Griffin Park next week when we face our local rivals Queens Park Rangers (Saturday 21 April). Tickets for our game against The R’s are available to previous ticket purchasers and selling fast so secure your place online here.


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