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“A big test… but we’re in confident mood!”

Manager on this weekend’s trip to Brentford

28 September 2018

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A dangerous Brentford outfit have beaten all five of their visitors to Griffin Park this season – we’ll be doing our utmost to make sure we’re not the sixth victim this Saturday.

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Indeed, we’ve had some good results on the road so far this season – that fact, added to a big win in our last outing at Madejski Stadium, means that Paul Clement’s side are in good spirits.

“With that run of three games – an away win at Preston, a narrow defeat to Norwich where we didn’t play so well, but then we backed that up with a really strong home performance against Hull… it was a good week,” Clement said.

“Six points from nine available is a healthy tally.  And now we’re looking to build on that.

“We’re playing a good side in Brentford, and they’ve started well.  They are a good football side and very offensive-minded.  We’re going to their stadium, and it’s always challenging to play away from home… but we’ve done well away from home!

“We got the win at Preston, we came close at Blackburn, and we got a late point at Villa.  So going away doesn’t hold any fear.”


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The Royals have had a free week by way of preparation.  Conversely, the Bees had a trip across the capital to Arsenal, where they were defeated 3-1 in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

“I went to the game – and it was probably a closer game than the scoreline suggested,” Clement continued.  “They went 2-0 down but got back into it with a really good Alan Judge free-kick which he bent over the wall… and then they had a few chances after that too.

“They played well and they’re a good side.  They were very even in terms of possession with Arsenal, and if you can match them at the Emirates in that department, you’re clearly a good side.

“In this league we play a lot of sides that go from back to front very quickly with big front players who work on knock-downs.  But this is a team that build from the back, build through the thirds, have quick wingers and get a lot of players forward.

“So it’ll be a big test for us.  But we’re in confident mood.  We want to back up a strong performance against Hull with another away win.

“We are starting to turn a corner and we want to make sure we keep it going.  There can’t be any relaxing and we have to push forward, set the standards high, and look to reach them and go beyond them at every opportunity.”

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