Smith - Momentum Going Into Reading
Brentford head coach Dean Smith has said he feels the side have good momentum as we go into this weekend's tie with Reading.
With the club slowly closing in out on the Championship Play Off places with four wins in our last five, we head to the Madejski Stadium just three points shy of sixth placed Sheffield United.
With almost 3,000 fans set to travel to Reading for this weekend's clash, Smith wants us to continue that momentum and keep our good form going.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his pre game press conference, the former Walsall man was looking for the players to reward the travelling fans.
'It is looking like it will be a good following. There`s almost 3,000 fans going already which will be a tremendous following and it shows the connection the supporters have got with team. It is nice when I walk out of the ground and bump into Brentford supporters who comment how much they are enjoying the football they are seeing. The run that we have been on is starting to capture the imagination of a lot of supporters. They are willing to get behind us. That is something that is gratefully received by the players and it is great to have that many fans behind us.'
Reading have struggled so far this season given last term they were a penalty kick away from Premier League promotion, but Smith knows they are still going to be a tough nut to crack on home soil, especially as their FA Cup replay victory over Stevenage would've given them a boost as it brought to an end the run of eight games without a win across all competitions.
'It was difficult because they missed out on promotion on penalties and so their season was extended longer than everybody else. They had a shorter pre-season and there was also the disappointment that could carry over. They have got good players. I am surprised with where they are this season but a couple of wins and they could be mid-table. Reading will probably be looking over their shoulders a little bit because they have hit a barren run of form in the league.'
Asked about the January transfer window, Smith admitted we hadn't been busy but he's largely happy with the squad at his disposal, especially when injuries return to contention.
Whilst he wouldn't rule out a late deal if something attracted him, he was certainly pleased that incoming interest in our players had been quiet.
'We haven`t been busy. The phone has been quiet and that`s because we believe that we have got a good enough squad here. We have Lewis Macleod and Alan Judge both back from long-term injury. Henrik Dalsgaard has been missing since 1 November and he is back training now and we`ve been missing John Egan for the last three or four weeks. We have players coming back and that certainly enhances the squad. For the last couple of seasons, the transfer window has been a distraction at times. So far, this month has been very quiet and long may it continue.'