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“We are in a very good place at the moment”

Dean Smith on this evening’s 5-0 victory over Birmingham City at Griffin Park

20 February 2018

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Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith hailed an excellent all-round performance from his team after they put in a five-star showing against Birmingham City at Griffin Park this evening. Ollie Watkins and Florian Jozefzoon struck before the break with Neal Maupay’s double and another for Ollie wrapping up the points in the second-half. It was The Bees joint-biggest victory back in the second-tier and one which understandably drew high praise from Dean.

Asked if it was his best victory in charge, Dean told iFollow Brentford: “It was certainly up there. We were very good tonight against a team that is scrapping at the bottom end of the table. We worked very hard. Our energy levels after a tough game on Saturday were right up there. The quality of our play was very good and to score five goals in any Sky Bet Championship game takes a lot of doing. We ended up with 28 attempts on goal, 21 of them from inside the box. I am really pleased that Ollie Watkins broke his drought. His, and Florian Jozefzoon’s, performance was excellent as was Neal Maupay’s. There were a lot of really excellent performances around the pitch this evening.”

Aside from the five goals, The Bees created a host of good chances with Yoann Barbet, Watkins, and Jozefzoon among those to come close to finding the back of the net. Despite having the game in the bag, Dean felt he saw a hunger and desire from his team which bodes well for the Play-Off run-in.

“They were hungry for me,” said Dean. “We knew before the game that this was a big week. The top teams and the ones who go on to do something are the ones who show that little bit extra and have that extra desire and character. We showed that tonight. We are in a very good place at the moment. We have to make sure that we hang on to those above us. To go this week scoring seven and keeping two clean sheets is very pleasing. The lads can take a lot of confidence and belief from that. They are working very hard and getting their rewards.”  

After back-to-back wins and clean sheets, Dean Smith’s side have a trip to Elland Road to contend with on Saturday as they take on Leeds United. With an almost fully-fit squad to choose from, Dean sees a real drive in the group to be involved on Saturday’s and feels that can only be a positive to push the team on.

“We are looking forward to every game at the moment,” revealed Dean. “There is a hunger and desire about the place. They want to play football. I have players who want to get into the team and who want to be part of a successful season. The players know how we work and know the work ethic that is required. They know the standards that we have set and we need to push those barriers all the time. All the players are young, hard-working players and we have a really good bench.”

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