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“We have to go and battle for every point”

Dean looks ahead to Tuesday’s trip to league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers

1 January 2018

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Bees Head Coach Dean Smith understands the size of the task that his side face at Molineux on Tuesday night but is relishing the trip to the Sky Bet Championship leaders. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are ten points clear at the head of the league table and have lost just once in 12 second tier matches on home soil this term. However, The Bees go into the game having lost just twice in 18 league games and Dean feels his group are full of confidence heading into the game.

“They are the best team that I have seen in the league,” said Dean, speaking after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. “I said that when we played them earlier. It was a really tight game which could have gone either way. Jota has hit the post as has their lad. It will be a tough game but one that we are looking forward to. We go there with two defeats in 18, three wins on the spin, and a very confident bunch of players.”

Saturday’s victory over The Owls, which was secured thanks to goals from Lasse Vibe and Florian Jozefzoon, completed a hat-trick of festive wins for The Bees, following earlier successes over Norwich City and Aston Villa. Despite hitting their festive points target, Dean doesn’t feel that takes the pressure off tomorrow’s trip to Molineux but admits it does mean they make the trip in good heart.  

“Yes we have got the points that we feel we needed but we started the season really well and didn’t get the points that we wanted,” said Dean. “We have to go and battle for every point. They are top of the league but we believe we have the squad of players here to match them. You are looking over your shoulder and you can put Kamohelo Mokotjo on, like we did, or Ollie Watkins, and Neal Maupay. Alan Judge is pushing for a place now as is Lewis Macleod and Josh Clarke. I haven’t had those riches for a while so it is nice to have them now.”

Dean also had the latest injury update as The Bees prepare to bring the curtain down on a run of four games in 12 days over the Christmas period.

“John Egan will be a no for Tuesday night as he is still under the doctor’s concussion guidelines,” revealed Dean. “It will probably still be a bit too soon for Henrik Dalsgaard. We are looking maybe for the Notts County game for him. Emiliano Marcondes will all depend on the paperwork. We will get it in as quick as we can but we will have to wait on the powers that be to get the transfer sorted.” 

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