Brentford head coach Dean Smith has told the Ealing Times that he hopes their first home win of the season can be a springboard for the rest of the year.

The Bees had not got off to the best start this season though results had started to pick up which at least meant they weren’t in the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone. But one fact that bothered Brentford was the fact they had yet to win at home, something they wanted to change when they faced their London rivals Millwall this weekend.

And it did change as they were able to get a 1-0 win over the Lions. Just after the second half started, Romaine Sawyers scored from close range to get what would be the winner and give Brentford an incredibly important win. And now their manager Smith is hoping they can use their first home win of the season as a springboard to do better throughout the rest of the year.

He said: “Our character has never been in question for me and it’s nice to get the first win at home, which we can use as a springboard,”

“When you play against a side as physical and aggressive as Millwall, you need some protection and you expect some degree of consistency.”

“I was really pleased to get over the line today. We needed that at home for our supporters, and the last half an hour turned into a proper derby and a bit of a battle.”

“If we showed any sort of composure, I thought we could have gone and killed the game at 2-0.”

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