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“The run that we have been on is starting to capture the imagination”

Dean Smith previews this weekend’s trip to Reading

18 January 2018

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Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith feels that momentum is beginning to grow around the club as The Bees close in on the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off places. Four wins from five mean that Brentford head to Reading on Saturday just three points outside the top six. Approaching 3,000 visiting fans will be at the Madejski Stadium this weekend, with Dean saying that The Bees run is starting to make fans sit up and take notice.

“It is looking like it will be a good following,” Dean told iFollow Brentford ahead of the game. “There’s almost 3,000 fans going already which will be a tremendous following and it shows the connection the supporters have got with team. It is nice when I walk out of the ground and bump into Brentford supporters who comment how much they are enjoying the football they are seeing. The run that we have been on is starting to capture the imagination of a lot of supporters. They are willing to get behind us. That is something that is gratefully received by the players and it is great to have that many fans behind us.”

Up against The Bees on Saturday is a Reading team which has struggled to replicate their form of a season ago which led them to be a penalty kick away from promotion to the Premier League. Before last night’s Emirates FA Cup replay win over Stevenage, The Royals had gone eight games without a win in all competitions. Jaap Stam’s side are just five points above the drop zone but Dean feels that a couple of wins will give their season a different complexion.

“It was difficult because they missed out on promotion on penalties and so their season was extended longer than everybody else,” admitted Dean. “They had a shorter pre-season and there was also the disappointment that could carry over. They have got good players. I am surprised with where they are this season but a couple of wins and they could be mid-table. Reading will probably be looking over their shoulders a little bit because they have hit a barren run of form in the league.”

Dean also gave an update on The Bees dealings in the January transfer window as the clock ticks towards 11pm on 31 January.

“We haven’t been busy,” revealed Dean. “The phone has been quiet and that’s because we believe that we have got a good enough squad here. We have Lewis Macleod and Alan Judge both back from long-term injury. Henrik Dalsgaard has been missing since 1 November and he is back training now and we’ve been missing John Egan for the last three or four weeks. We have players coming back and that certainly enhances the squad. For the last couple of seasons, the transfer window has been a distraction at times. So far, this month has been very quiet and long may it continue.” 

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