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Brentford manager not too despondent despite being in relegation zone, ahead of Ipswich Town test

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:09 19 August 2017

Dean Smith

Dean Smith

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Brentford manager Dean Smith believes his side could be topping the Championship table with a 100 per cent record, instead of being in the relegation zone with just a point to show for their efforts so far.

The Bees head to Ipswich Town this afternoon, having lost 1-0 at Sheffield United on the opening day, 4-3 at home to Nottingham Forest and then drawing 2-2 with Bristol City, at Griffin Park, in midweek.

“It could so easily be nine points out of three games,” said Smith, “so I’m not too despondent.

“Obviously, I would like a lot more points but I’ve always said that it’s about performances and usually the performances will bring you results.

“It was very disappointing that we conceded in the 98th minute (on Tuesday). I was very calm after the game as I went into the dressing room and I enjoyed watching us play on Tuesday night. I thought we played some terrific stuff, they had to defend tremendously well because on another day we could have scored five or six.”

In contrast to Brentford, Town do have a perfect league record, their third successive win coming in the 4-3 victory at Millwall on Tuesday.

“It’s always a tough test against one of Mick’s team’s anyway, you know, they’ve started the season really well. They’ve won all four games, played well and it’s going to be a test for us,” Smith added.

“They’ve got good players there, they have a management team that has been there and done it, and got teams out of this league. We have to concentrate on ourselves, we’ll pay them the full respect they deserve but the important thing is how we approach the game.

“One of my big things this week is to make sure the lads still believe in what they are doing because it can be easy when you’re not picking up points to lose focus and not believe in what’s happening. The performances have inspired me to believe we are on the right track to where we want to get to.”

Two Ipswich Town stars will be looking to take a big step towards this summer’s World Cup over the next week while a host of younger players look to further their international careers.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been impressed by Ipswich stopper Bartosz Bialkowski following his first call-up to the Polish national team.

Luton boss Nathan Jones is disappointed to lose the services of midfielder Flynn Downes due to international duty but is pleased to see the Ipswich Town youngster continue his development with England Under 19s.

Fighting for a place in England’s World Cup squad might be tough work for Burnley’s Nick Pope but it beats riding a milk float in the early hours of the morning.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe was taken by surprise when he found out he had been called up for international duty, but is determined to learn as much as he can while away with the Wales squad.

Ipswich Town fans want to see young defender Josh Emmanuel given his chance in the first team next season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says Josh Emmanuel may be sent out on loan again next season.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers hopes striker David McGoldrick has not played his last game for the club.

Season ticket prices, whether we’ll hear from owner Marcus Evans and manager Mick McCarthy’s future are the three big questions as Ipswich Town head into a two-week international break.

Did you hear about the Mick McCarthy press conference? He walked into the room, sat down, and apologised profusely to the loyal fans of Ipswich Town, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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