All posts tagged with: Dean Smith

Brentford v Blackburn: final day drama

Blackburn’s second tier status is on a knife-edge. A win will not be enough if Nottingham Forest and Birmingham match their result, yet they could also draw and theoretically even lose and still stay up. It would be simplistic to say Sunday will define the club’s long-term future, because failings over the last five years,… Read more →

Brentford sit deep for Norwich draw

When Dean Smith planned Brentford’s tactics before their 0-0 draw with Norwich at the end of December, perhaps the 5-0 thrashing by the same team earlier that month was in his thoughts. Until Robbie Brady was sent off for their opponents late on, Smith’s men showed no attacking intent and looked happy with a point. They got… Read more →

Brentford v Cardiff: defensive struggles

A section of Brentford fans are growing unhappy with Dean Smith and Richard O’Kelly’s management of the team and this blog can understand why. Left-back Tom Field, who has filled a once problematic position for the Bees is often substituted and the youngster’s departure was partly what turned the tide at Leeds last time out. However, 14th is not a… Read more →

Bees control West London derby

While QPR have been in England’s top two divisions for the last 12 years, their West London neighbours Brentford have historically been in the lower reaches of the Football League. A combination of the former’s recent decline due to overspending and the latter’s impressive progress means, for the first time in a while, the Bees… Read more →

Why Villa should approach Dean Smith

Following Remi Garde’s Villa Park exit in March 2016, The Football Lab discussed why stability was needed. High-profile additions to the playing and coaching staff briefly raised expectations but ultimately, the club has not been able to get the good start needed to shake off the nightmares of last season. Roberto Di Matteo has paid… Read more →

Brentford Season Preview: Judge is key

There are three things we can expect to see at Griffin Park season: high-scoring games, talented youngsters and tidy football. What is less clear is whether those things will bring success. Brentford might be one of the better teams to watch in the Championship, but given the more bullish approach of last season’s promoted teams, does that necessarily give them an… Read more →