Brentford's A Great Place To Be
Head coach Dean Smith has reflected on the 'good place' that Brentford find themselves in at this moment of time following victory over Birmingham City in midweek.
Hosting Steve Cotterill's side at Griffin Park for the game on Tuesday evening, Harlee Dean, Maxime Colin and Jota's return to the club probably didn't go as they planned as a brace from Ollie Watkins and further strikes from Florian Jozefzoon and Neal Maupay - added to an own goal (some are crediting Maupay with a brace) - gave Brentford a five nil victory on the day.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the heavy victory, a delighted Smith explained it was certainly up there with his best victories at the club.
'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.'
With five goals scored, the final result could've been higher given the number of chances created and the good chances within them and in particular Watkins could've had a hattrick, Jozefzoon a brace of his own and Yoann Barbet could've found himself on the scoresheet as well.
That hunger in attack thrilled the gaffer.
'They were hungry for me. 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.'
With back to back wins now and clean sheets, we head into a trip against Leeds United at Elland Road and with almost a fully fit squad to choose from, Smith is confident of our chances.
'We are looking forward to every game at the moment. 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.'