Harlee Dean is is determined for Brentford to seize on Newcastle's indifferent form of late when the two sides meet at Griffin Park on Saturday afternoon.

Rafael Benitez’s side are two points behind table toppers Brighton despite having played a game more and are paying the price for losses to sides at the opposite end of the division.

But back in October, Dean Smith took his team to Tyneside and watched them go down 3-1, but the captain is ready to give 110 per cent to ensure his side finish with something from this weekend’s fixture.

Harlee Dean said: “After playing them up there, it was a tough game – they were good we maybe weren’t so good but I think that was down to them being so good so we’ve got to capitalise on their indifferent form at the moment and our good form and hopefully turn up and get a result.

“They’ve got Premier League players all over the pitch, it’s just about us turning up 110% on the day and hoping we can get something.”

Dean admitted that the Bees could play it “safe” and look to nullify the divisions pre-season favourites, but that is not in their nature and he and the squad plan to stick to their principles in search of the win.

He added: “I think we can just be at the game and sort of pacify them and sort of be safe but that’s not our way of playing and if go and implement our game on them and get in their face and play our football hopefully it will be a good contest and we can come out on top.”

Despite the inferior opposition last weekend, Brentford will hope they can take some of their forward play, that saw them put five past Eastleigh, and trouble the Newcastle defence as they look to prove themselves against one of the league’s stand out sides.

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