Date: 9th February 2018 at 9:18am
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Brentford head coach Dean Smith has admitted our last two results have been a setback for the club, but he denied it was failure as we go into the clash with Preston North End this weekend.

With defeats to Derby County and Norwich City in previous matches, Smith knows that the next few weeks will be vital when it comes to decided how we look back on the season, but he has faith in the players and he’s expecting a good performance and a return to winning ways against what he knows will be a tough Preston.

With Brentford sitting in 11th place, we are eight points shy of the Play Off spots and with Preston above us in the table, he knew how massive a win would be on Saturday.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media this week, Smith explained.

‘As a manager you know that if you don`t play well you have to lift the players but we have played well in the last two games. We haven`t been at our peak but we did enough to win both games. As a team and a group of staff we know that it is only the next game which is important. Two defeats is a setback but it is not failure by any stretch. We will get back on the horse but we now have a tough game against Preston North End. They have good players all over the pitch, pace in wide areas, and experience at the back. It is one that we know we have to win if we want to climb up the league. February and March are the important times as they will keep you in and amongst it. We have had good Aprils before but if you are too far away then a good April means nothing to you.’

With the side being free scoring in December and early January, the end of the month saw our streak come to an end and both of our recent defeats have failed to see us find the net but Smith knows if we keep doing what we’re doing, our luck will change again as he certainly can’t fault the effort.

‘We haven`t scored in the last couple of games but we create enough opportunities for me to know that we will. If you look at our goals for column in the last couple of seasons it`s been very healthy. We have scored from all over the pitch this season which has been pleasing. Romaine Sawyers has started scoring, Nico Yennaris can score, and Ollie Watkins looks like getting on the end of things. The goals have been coming from all areas and we have to make sure that we create the opportunities because, if we do, we will put them away.’

In terms of injury news and players missing, Sergi Canos is obviously out with a suspension after the decision was taken to not appeal his red card in the Derby game, and we also have Rico Henry out with his long term injury.

With reports of Lasse Vibe agreeing a switch out from the club yesterday evening, Smith basically confirmed the deal – but wasn’t giving much away at the time.

‘I think it`s a case of dotting the I`s and crossing the t`s. It was one that we always said was more likely to happen than not. He has done great for me and I have been a big fan of his while he has been here. He will be missed but he will be replaced. He was a very intelligent footballer and scored a number of goals for us. However, he missed large parts of this season with injury and missed large parts of last season too. We wish him and his family well as they will be missed as people. Those people who were close to Lasse would have had an inkling. We have gone through a number of unsettling times before where players have gone but we have dealt with them. We are good with that because we never get too high or too frustrated when people move on.’

As of time of writing, the deal has not yet been officially confirmed.

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