Smith thanks Bees fans for backing Maupay

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Dean Smith says Brentford are being rewarded for the fans heeding his call to support Neal Maupay.

The Bees boss was critical of supporters who jeered the French striker last month but Maupay was the hero on as he struck twice in a 5-0 demolition of Birmingham.

Brentford are now just three points off the Championship’s top six ahead of a trip to Leeds United this weekend.

“A couple of weeks ago I asked our supporters to be supportive of him,” Smith said.

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“They’ve done that and they’re being rewarded with some good performances from him. It was a really good performance tonight.

“We know we’ve got lots of quality in the team and it’s just about making sure we keep the tempo there. We did that tonight, the back four was solid, and the two wide players, for me, are a threat going forward against anyone.

“I said to the players before the game the teams that get amongst the challengers are the ones that find a little bit extra; character, desire. That’s probably what lifts you into that top six.”