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Opposition View: Brentford

The inside view of our opponents from their local and regional media...

2 November 2018

This season we will be gathering the views from our opponents' local media on their team, progress and hopes for the season. As we head back on our travels at Brentford, we speak to football.london's Tom Storer.

What was your view on Brentford last season?
 
The Bees grew into the campaign. They didn't register a league win until the ninth match of the season, but finished emphatically to register a third successive top-10 finish under Dean Smith, and threatened the Play-Off spots for a time.
 
How would you assess this season so far and the managerial change at the club?
 
It was an excellent start - Brentford romped to second place midway through September but then started to struggle. After four wins and two draws from the first seven games, 2018/19 seemed extremely promising, but no wins in the next eight leaves The Bees languishing in 16th place.
 
Are you confident that Thomas Frank can get the best out of a talented young squad with his vast coaching experience?
 
In a word, yes. Ryan O'Donovan wrote a great piece (https://www.football.london/brentford-fc/brentfords-project-always-bigger-dean-15266031about why Brentford will have success after Dean Smith and how the project will roll on. It is one of the best run clubs in England and Thomas Frank has been put in place by directors over the last two years because he is a quality, intelligent coach.
 
What are the club’s ambitions for this campaign?
 
Top six is always the aim but realistically Brentford are punching well above their weight with the budget they have to work with. The fact that they have survived in the Championship since 2014 is an achievement in itself.
 
How much potential do you see in the likes of Neal Maupay, Ollie Watkins and Chris Mepham?
 
All three could play in the Premier League. Maupay's hold-up play brings others into the game and he comes alive in the box, while Watkins will test any full-back in the League with his pace and quick feet. But defender Chris Mepham has potential to go the furthest in my opinion. He has all the attributes you would want in a modern-day central defender and is a natural leader.
 
Who would you describe as other key men in the Bees’ side?
 
Romaine Sawyers is the playmaker in midfield while Sergi Canos has improved massively over the last 12 months and creates a threat on the other wing to Watkins. 
 
Your score prediction for tomorrow?
 
2-0 to Brentford. Eight games without a win is long enough.

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