Brentford Manager Dean Smith Praises Rafa Benitez

Brentford manager Dean Smith had been speaking on the Brentford TV channel about the big game tomorrow at Griffin Park, when the Bees will welcome Newcastle and we are currently second in the Championship, 2 points behind Brighton who also have a game in hand on us.

Brentford are on a decent streak of form at the moment – they have won their last two games and drew the two before that – and they seem confident they can get a home win tomorrow.

Dean Smith – Brentford manager

This is what Dean Smith has said about the game and about Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez:

“It is a great challenge. I didn’t think we played that well when we went to Newcastle United which was a disappointment.”

“It is a game for us now to test our wits. We have hit a recent bit of form: I know it was non-league opposition – Eastleigh.”

“But we played well and were clinical and we beat Birmingham City quite comfortably the week before.”

“We feel that we are in a good place at the moment and the players are looking forward to the game. There is a lot more confidence in what we are doing and how we are doing it.

“The players look confident in executing plans and they look confident in the system that we are playing. They have a great belief in what they are doing now.”

“It is a great opportunity for us because it might be a little bit different for a club of Newcastle’s size and stature to come to Griffin Park.”

“What Rafa Benitez has done with Newcastle in the Championship has been admirable.”

“Everybody can point out the quality of their players and the funds and support that they have got but they still need to go and do it right.”

The Reading 1-0 defeat at home to QPR last night means we remain 6 points above 3rd and 4th placed Reading and Huddersfield respectively.

We are hoping we can get our first win of the year tomorrow afternoon.

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9 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 13, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Watch the Old Boys in action:-

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 13, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, you’ve done it again.

    10Bobbybee // Jan 13, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    TOF’s, you’re probably lurking out there, so I’ll post this. I’ve defended you in the past and still think you’re entitled to your opinion. We all are. I said last night that there is no point in this window, buying for the sake of it. I stand by that. If Rafa can’t get who he wants then you don’t buy to appease fans, unless that player improves the team. You then said how stupid I sounded, by bringing up Selz.
    I must be confused, because I don’t think Selz was bought in this window. Unless you can prove me wrong – which you can’t. No manager gets every buy right. Not one. Ever.
    In your rush to call Rafa ‘a fat Spaniard’ you missed the entire point I was making. This window is notoriously hard to buy who you want. We won’t sell our best players, why should anybody else, unless finances make it inevitable in order to survive.
    I wasn’t talking about any other window except this one. If you could read properly, you would know that. It was written in English and easy to comprehend.
    ‘The fat Spaniard’? The best manager we could have ever hoped to get and you insult him in that manner. You’ve moved on from the fat Spanish waiter to now just the fat Spaniards.
    Not only did you get the entire post tits up, by talking about another window, the summer one, where players are easier to buy, showing how thick you are, but to resort to insulting Rafa in childish language… I’ll say no more. I don’t have to. You do it all by yourself. Who’s a clever boy then?

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 13, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3


    I think it’s early tomorrow morning where ToF is!

  • lesh

    Jan 13, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Cmon Berb, wakey wakey or you’ll miss more of Ed’s buses!

  • Toonces

    Jan 13, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Bobbybee: If TOF was a player on the pitch and called Rafa a “Fat Spaniard” he would have joined Shelvey in the suspension box for 5 games. Now if he only called Rafa “Fat” then TOF could stay on the pitch. Maybe TOF needs to reflect on his need to add nationality to his invectives regarding Rafa and perhaps others. Maybe we should ignore everything he posts for the next 5 weeks 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 13, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Wherever he is, he needs to pick another team to pretend to support. Whether you rate Rafa or not – and how can you not looking at his record – there’s simply no need for that level of insult towards OUR manager, who has turned the club upside down and is succeeding in a league he’s never been in before. What a tosser.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 13, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Toonces, better off ignoring him period. There’s no way he’s a Newcastle fan from his posts, so why should, we include him? Is that not racist anyway? Where’s the tittle tattle when you need him? 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    People slating Rafa because we’re not the entertainers, did anyone look at the latest list of UEFA elite managers with an all out attacking mentality queing up to join us.

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 13, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #9



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