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Smith Optimistic Ahead Of Middlesbrough

Smith Optimistic Ahead Of Middlesbrough

Head coach Dean Smith believes Brentford can be very optimistic going into the game against Middlesbrough this weekend owing to the performances we have been putting in this year.

With one defeat in the last six Championship games, Smith told the Official Site as he met with the media that he felt our performance against Derby, where we dominated large parts of the game, typified our season so far and he remained confident points would come if we maintained those levels.

'I`m disappointed that we didn`t get the win for the home fans. I was pleased with how we played and how we dealt with the situation. They took the lead from a sloppy piece of defending from ourselves and to get back in the game was very difficult. We had ten ex-Premier League players stood behind the ball for long periods and we didn`t work as many openings as we would have liked. Our movement could`ve been better in certain areas but I`m very pleased we got the goal that we fully deserved - we would`ve been devastated to have lost that game after the way in which dominated.'

Smith added.

'It summed up the season in one game. It was so one-sided although we were a little worried about their threat from set-pieces. We felt that we needed to be at our best to defend corners but they didn`t get in our half to win any! We feel as though we should have done a bit better with a couple of our own corners but, on the whole, we have to be pleased with the way in which we`re dominating games.'

Having come out as convincing winners in the game against Bolton Wanderers, Smith had already said it was important we remained unbeaten when we faced Derby and he's looking for that to continue this weekend.

'We scored three terrific goals at Bolton Wanderers but we still had other chances to score in that game. Romaine`s had a chance in the first half where he knows he should`ve hit the target and Clarky`s had a couple - they`re the chances that we want to be taking, rather than the 35-yarders into the top corner.'

With Andreas Bjelland picking up an injury on Tuesday, Smith went on to say of him.

'Andreas had a tight hamstring but it`s not as bad as we feared. Luckily, he`s an experienced lad and knew that he had to get off the pitch. It`s not out of question him being in the squad on Saturday. Chris Mepham did well. He had a tough first game against Norwich City when the team didn`t perform well. I thought he came on and put in a really mature performance.'

As for Boro more specifically, he went on to add.

'Middlesbrough got a very strong squad and they`re one of the favourites to gain promotion to the Premier League. I think Garry Monk did a fantastic job at Swansea City and at Leeds United last season as well. He`s a former team-mate of mine and we`re looking forward to going up there for a tough game. One defeat in six gives puts us in a good position to hopefully go up there and get a result.'

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Date:Friday September 29 2017
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