Date: 17th November 2016 at 6:13pm
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With the November international break coming to an end, head coach Dean Smith has been back in front of the media, giving his thoughts about the trip to Blackburn Rovers.

Making the trip to Ewood Park this weekend, Smith explained to the Official Site that he was certainly expecting a tough test from Owen Coyle’s side, but he backed the team to bounce back from the disappointing defeat the other week to Fulham.

‘Everyone is good. They are nice and fit and refreshed and looking forward to the game now. It seems a long time since the disappointment of the Friday night against Fulham but we have put that to bed now and it is about putting in a performance and getting a result against Blackburn Rovers. We know that it is going to be a tough game. We need to make sure that we are mentally focussed as we are certainly physically prepared. If the mental side of it is good, and the tactical side is good, then we will be a force. Our performances this season have been a little bit inconsistent and we have to get back to a more consistent performance level. If we do that and play at our normal tempo we will be ok. It is a stern test and one that we have to make sure that every player is ready for.’

With Brentford failing to win back to back games since August, Smith admits talk of consistency has been high during training, because he knows we’ve shown we can compete in games against Newcastle United, Reading, and Brighton, but we just aren’t performing like that regularly enough.

‘The consistency element is something that we are working on. The average age of our players is the youngest in the league but they are getting a lot of experience. They are getting better and they are becoming more consistent but there are lapses in concentration that we are trying to drill out of them in training. If we can do that then we have some very good young players not just for this season but for the future as well. We have shown in all the games this season that we can compete. We know that we can compete against the teams at the top of the table but it is about competing consistently, week in week out. If you can do that then you become victors.’

Ending, Smith also confirmed that Callum Elder had sustained a minor thigh injury, so his return to training had been delayed, but we can welcome back Jack Bonham to contention for the match.

Sam Saunders is expected to return to training next week.

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