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‘They look a well-oiled machine, but we can’t be scared’ – Hurst on the visit of Brentford

PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 September 2018

Brentford's Neal Maupay has produced seven goals and three assists in five games. Photo: PA

Brentford's Neal Maupay has produced seven goals and three assists in five games. Photo: PA

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Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst says his players can’t be scared of Brentford tonight.

Paul Hurst is still waiting for his first win as Ipswich Town manager. Photo: PagepixPaul Hurst is still waiting for his first win as Ipswich Town manager. Photo: Pagepix

The Bees are second in the Championship table and have played some scintillating football at Griffin Park, though they arrive at Portman Road without an away win to their name.

Town – though rock-bottom and winless – are unbeaten at home so far following draws against Blackburn, Aston Villa and Norwich.

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“They’ve spent a little bit more than perhaps people think, though clearly they don’t have the biggest budget in the division,” said Hurst, when asked about tonight’s opposition.

“A lot is made of the foreign market they’ve used, but they’ve still got quite a few English players.

“They look a well-oiled machine at the minute. Everyone looks like they clearly know their role in the team and individuals are playing with a lot of confidence.

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“That makes for a good team and difficult challenge in front of us, but we can’t be scared of that.”

He continued: “What we need is a bit of confidence, not through me saying they are good players but by actions and seeing things come right for them on the pitch. We can all say what is needed, but actually going out and performing is a bit more difficult.

“We’ve got to remain positive and understand every time we step on the pitch it’s an opportunity to get people talking about us in a different way.

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“A win would hopefully give the players that bit of confidence that’s required. I’m not a doctor, but to my knowledge there’s not a drug out there that you can inject and just suddenly makes people feel better about themselves. That comes through an experience, for us winning a game of football, and we haven’t had that yet.

“What they can do is keep working extremely hard and make sure we do the basics well.”

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