Harlee Dean says that when the two teams met at St James Park, it was a case of a very good Newcastle making Brentford look poor, rather than the visitors being inherently bad.
The Brentford Captain says that on Saturday they must carry on their good form (one defeat in last seven matches) and take advantage of Newcastle’s ‘indifferent form’, the Magpies (one win in last four).
Harlee Dean uses the old needing ‘110% on the day to hopefully get something’, saying Newcastle have ‘Premier League players all over the pitch’.
As for tactics, he believes Brentford can’t afford to sit back and have to ‘get in their faces…impose our game on them’.
Brentford are now playing a formation which includes three centre-backs, Rafa Benitez experimented with this at Birmingham on Saturday and said he was reasonably happy with how it had worked.
Eight changes were made to the team that day, so it remains to be seen whether the United boss will give it a try with better players, who may thrive in this very different system to what we’ve become used to under Rafa.
Harlee Dean speaking to official Brentford website:
“When we played them (Newcastle) up there, it was a tough game. They were good and we maybe weren’t so good but I think that was down to them being so good.
“We have to capitalise on their indifferent form at the moment and our good form to carry on how we are going.
“Newcastle have Premier League players all over the pitch so it is about us turning up and being 110 per cent on the day to hopefully get something.
“We can be at the game and pacify them but that’s not our way of playing. If we go and impose our game on them, get in their faces, and play our football it will be a good contest and hopefully we can come out on top.
“You can say any name in the Championship and they are able to beat anyone: it is about whoever turns up on the day. The gaffer is always drumming into us about consistency and making sure that every training day and match day you are the best that you can be because that is what you need to succeed in this league.
“We are now playing three centre-halves where before we were playing two with two missing out. If just drives people on. I know that my performances got better because I knew that somebody was breathing down my neck and I imagine it was the same for the other people.
“When you have got that depth it does drive people on to be better and that is what Dean (Smith) and the coaching staff want.”