Harlee Dean believes that Brentford’s switch to a 3-5-2 formation has allowed them to control games more.
The Bees made the switch after the 5-0 defeat at Norwich and were rewarded with wins against Burton Albion and Bristol City before an unfortunate defeat at Leeds.
“I think results have picked up a bit. We should have got more at Leeds but we're feeling good and since we've gone to a 3-5-2 we've controlled games more,” he said.
“The 3-5-2 is something we practised in pre-season. I've got Eags (John Egan) and Andreas (Bjelland) either side.
“It's all about communicating with each other to make things easier for ourselves.”
The Brentford squad had a row after the 5-0 thumping at Carrow Road and Dean believes it has been a factor in their recent performances, likening it to a similar event at Stevenage in 2013.
“In football, you can't get too high or too low. We had that talk at Norwich where everyone said their bit and results have gone our way bar Leeds. We've got to keep going the way we're going,” Dean added.
“I think (it was similar to Stevenage). It was in the same manner and the same things were said and you need to have them now and again to clear the air.
“It's like having a row with the missus and you need have it as it sorts itself out. It was the right time to do it.
“If we hadn't lost to Leeds it'd have looked as if we've done everything right. We need to keep in the mood and form we're in.”
Christmas is a time of year when footballers envy those doing 9-5 jobs as they see less of their family over the festive period as other professions.
And Dean is grateful Bees boss Dean Smith has given them Christmas Day off to spend with their families.
The captain said: “It's tough as you don't get to enjoy Christmas but such is life and it's something we have to deal with.
“It's just about playing, recovering and going again. You've got to make sacrifices but I love waking up on Boxing Day and knowing I have a game.
“We've got good fixtures with two home games and it's been kind to us. We've got to get the results and make it worthwhile.”
For Dean, this Christmas is going to be his first as a father and he has brought in the club chef so he and his family can enjoy the day.
“I think I'm going to have to say this one (will be the most memorable) as we've got the little one now,” he revealed.
“Our families are coming. It'll be nice relaxing day. I've got the chef doing the cooking to save us from the stress. I wanted it nice and relaxed.
He added: “I do most of the cooking (normally). I lived on my own. The missus is getting better now. I've got too many signature dishes to name.”
Dean was talking at the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust 'Meet The Players' event. For more information about the Trust's work visit: http://www.brentfordfccst.com/
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