Smith Confident Going Into Norwich Clash
Brentford head coach Dean Smith has said he heads into the Norwich City match this weekend in good spirits owing to the 'spirit and togetherness' of the group.
Having won five of the last six in the Championship, Smith has led with a largely unchanged side in recent matches but with our run of form and a more consistent team selection, it also coincides with a return to fitness for a number of first team players and he knows competition has certainly helped.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met the media this week to preview the game, the gaffer explained.
'When the team is winning and doing well it is for the other players to show me what they are about. Right from the start I have been telling the players that I want the ones not in the 11 to be pushing the ones who are, and they are certainly doing that at the moment. We have a great group of lads who are very competitive with each other. They are pushing each other in training and in match situations. They want to get each other`s shirts but there is a great camaraderie off the pitch. That team spirit and togetherness is ultimately what has got us on a good run currently.'
It's not just five wins in the last season boosting his spirits, the fact we are unbeaten in 13 at home stretching back to August is also an extremely pleasurable statistic for Smith and he's just hoping that run lasts as long as it can.
'The supporters have been very patient with us all season and got behind us right from the off. We had a bit of a slow start but they never turned on the players or myself at any stage. They stuck with us and are getting the rewards with some really good football at the moment. The only thing that they could see was missing at the beginning was results. We are starting to get them now and there`s a great rapport between the staff, players, and supporters at the moment. Hopefully we can take that into the game and have it as our 12th man on Saturday.'
As for Norwich more specifically, he went on to say.
'I expect them to be different from Carrow Road. We got two first-half goals, put them on the back foot, and turned their crowd a little bit against them. Since then they have had a reversal in fortunes. They put in two great performances against Chelsea, taking them all the way to penalties in the FA Cup, and unfortunately got beaten by Sheffield United. They went to Bristol City and beat them. They`ve had some really good results, and changed their system, to a three at the back. Whether that`s because they played Chelsea and Sheffield United, who play with a three, I don`t know but they kept it for Bristol City. We will see what turns up but we have to concentrate on ourselves. Thankfully for us the players are very tactically astute and they are executing game-plans well.'