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Brentford defender flourishing in leadership role

Egan's natural leadership will help the club right the wrongs of Tuesday's performance in the eyes of the head coach

Dean Smith believes that John Egan has flourished in the role of being Brentford's captain.

The Irishman has a command of the dressing room and would have addressed the Bees' poor performance against Norwich in a players' only meeting after Smith had said his piece.

And Egan's natural leadership will help the club right the wrongs of Tuesday's performance in the eyes of the head coach.

“He's a natural leader. Players want to follow him and they listen to him. When he talks, people listen and it's one of the attributes they need to be a captain,” Smith said.

John Egan

“I said my piece to them and they've had words themselves about that half an hour and they'll put it right.

Saturday's game with Bolton could easily be seen for the more experienced players and, while the Bees don't have veterans available to them, a number of that squad has plenty of Championship experience.

He added: “We've not got too many older, wiser heads. You look at the way they've played. The number of games played between them.

“They've got a lot of minutes in the Championship and are aware of what it's about. The newer ones like Ollie, Neal, Flos and Clarkey to a certain extent are starting to get into the run of things.”

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