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Dean shifts focus to Burton after postponement

Brentford Head Coach looks ahead after Cardiff called off

3 March 2018

Brentford’s focus shifted to their upcoming Sky Bet Championship match against Burton Albion as soon as today’s clash with Cardiff City was called off, according to Dean Smith. The Brentford Head Coach said there was no choice but to postpone the Cardiff fixture, which was due to be played today, as the pitch was frozen and conditions were due to worsen. He said the players would rest up and everyone would regroup tomorrow, Sunday, ahead of a trip to Burton.

The Bees will head to Staffordshire on Monday for the game, scheduled for Tuesday night at the Pirelli Stadium and Dean, speaking to iFollow Brentford, said everyone would be ready. With the weather set to improve over the coming days, The Bees should be able to train at their Jersey Road Training Ground before the trip to Burton, having used an alternative surface nearby to prepare for Cardiff.

Dean said: “I don’t think there was any choice to call the game off. I think our staff and helpers did brilliantly to get the snow off the pitch but it is snowing again, it will be freezing overnight and the pitch won’t be playable tomorrow. It was the right choice to call the game off. Our preparations had not been ideal but we were ready. Now we shift focus to Burton.

“It looks like the weather will be better for our preparations for Burton. We should be able to train on our pitches on Monday, we can travel on Monday afternoon and we will be ready. We were already looking at Burton but the coaching staff will be watching their recent games over the weekend and we will be ready to train on Sunday and prepare for the match.”

Burton’s game against Sheffield United today was also postponed and they are currently in the relegation zone with 12 games to play. They have the worst home form in the division, having won just twice on their own term all season, and Dean said Burton boss Nigel Clough will be wondering why. The game between the sides at Griffin Park finished all squad as Burton equalised late on after Florian Jozefzoon had put The Bees in front.

This is Burton’s second season at this level and Brentford will be looking to repeat last year’s victory in Staffordshire. The Bees trailed 3-1 at half time last year but hit back to score four after the break and take the points. Dean said his team will be looking for the same result, albeit perhaps not in the same way.

“Last season Burton were very good at home, Nigel will be scratching his head as much as anyone else as to why that is different this season,” said Dean. “They were defensive at our place and snatched a point from a second phase set piece. We should have put the game to bed but they defended very well. They have decent players and look like they have changed the way they play in recent weeks. It will be a tough game.

“The players got an earful at half time last season but the second half performance was up there with the best 45 minutes we have had since I have been here. We were excellent and deserved the win. We got a great result on our only visit and will be looking to put in a good performance on Tuesday and do the same again.”


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