Smith Aims For A Perfect Week
Head coach Dean Smith was celebrating the signing of his new deal on Thursday evening and his thoughts quickly turned to capping a perfect week off with victory over Leeds United.
With back to back victories over Sunderland and Birmingham City putting Brentford more than back in the mix for the Play Off spots this season, with the new contracts sorted, Smith's only focus now is in taking three points from our trip to Elland Road and finishing off this week on a perfect high in the Leeds United match.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to preview the game and announce the new deals, Smith explained.
'I have always felt that February and March are very important. We have had good Aprils since I have been here but we haven`t been close enough to compete in the top six. This weekend will be a tough fixture at Elland Road but we have two wins from the two fixtures so far. If we can go and get the third one that will give us a great set-up for the following week against Cardiff City, Burton Albion, and Millwall.'
Smith went on to say.
'They are big weeks when you have these midweek games and we know the importance of them. Winning football games gives everyone at the club a lift. As coaches, performances are what float our boat but wins are the icing on the cake. Getting the wins has been pleasing for us but it`s about the manner of the wins with seven goals for and none conceded in two games. It`s certainly put us in a good mood going to Leeds United.'
With Leeds' resurgence somewhat dissipating of late, they are now without a win since Boxing Day and have changed gaffers from Thomas Christiansen to former Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom in recent weeks.
Despite their poor form, Smith knows we cannot take them lightly - especially in front of their home crowd.
'Thomas Christiansen lost his job and now Paul Heckingbottom has gone in. He has been close to the three points the last two games. I`ve watched both the games. Bristol City started the game really well and got the lead with two long-throws. Second-half Leeds really had a go at them, got back into the game, and then had a chance to win it at the end. They`ve then gone to Derby, who haven`t lost many games recently, and took the lead against them. I felt it was against the run of play but Derby got back into it before they took the lead again and nearly held onto it. They are not far away from that elusive victory and they need to change it around quickly, but we need to make sure that it`s not us who gives them that first victory.'
In terms of team news, Nico Yennaris is likely to still be missing, as he had a personal issue last week but has since come down with sickness so he hasn't been training. Lewis MacLeod has however returned to training and Sergi Canos comes back into contention following his suspension.
'I have headaches for the team and for the bench as well. There are some very good players at this club who won`t even get on the bench.'