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“We are more than ready for Birmingham City”

24 November 2016

Ryan Woods looks ahead to Saturday’s meeting at Griffin Park

Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods wants to use the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat to Blackburn Rovers as the catalyst for a return to winning ways when Birmingham City visit Griffin Park on Saturday. The Bees were on the wrong end of a 3-2 score-line in Lancashire five days ago, despite taking a first minute lead at Ewood Park. Speaking to Bees Player ahead of the match, Ryan believes that everything he’s seen in training so far this week shows the team have taken on board the lessons from last weekend and are ready for the visit of Gary Rowett’s side on Saturday.

“It’s been a good week’s training especially after last Saturday,” said Ryan. “We were disappointed with how it went: we took it as three points dropped. It is another game of football now and we have looked sharp in training. I think we are more than ready for Birmingham City. If we can get another start like that on Saturday then I am sure that we will hold onto it a lot better than we did against Blackburn. We will talk about the things that we didn’t do right last weekend but it is not good to dwell on them. We are just focussed on the positives now and we will have another good session tomorrow ahead of the game.”

Gary Rowett’s side head to Griffin Park fifth in the Sky Bet Championship and are unbeaten against The Bees in their last seven meetings. Ryan expects Blues to pose a physical, direct test and feels that it is in that midfielder area, alongside Nico Yennaris, that the game will be won or lost. 

“We have found it quite difficult results wise against Birmingham City so we will be looking to turn that around,” said Ryan. “They are in a good run of form at the moment but we will be looking to end that on Saturday and there’s no reason why we can’t. They are a team who play on percentages more than anything. They are a big side who won’t be scared to go from back to front quickly. They will get around the ball and we have to be on our game to make sure we cut the second balls out. We need to play our own game and try to affect them. Myself and Nico Yennaris are going to have to be on our game defensively on Saturday to try and cut out that danger. They are a good side and will be hard to beat but we will be looking at their weaknesses and how we can break them down. Hopefully we can be on our A game on Saturday and take it to them. We will be looking to make sure that the fans, and ourselves, enjoy the weekend by getting three points on the board.”

Scott Hogan moved into double figures for the season last Saturday, seven clear of The Bees second-top scorer John Egan, with his brace last weekend against Blackburn Rovers. Ryan, who has netted twice in Bees colours since joining last September, admitted that others in the team, including himself, have to chip in with more goals to take some of the pressure off Scott.   

“I want to be more effective in terms of assists and goals,” said Ryan. “Although I feel like I have been doing ok I still want to add that side to my game more. I am sure one of those will come soon. We can’t rely on Scott to score all the goals. At the start of the season, John Egan was scoring quite a few goals and they were around the team. Just lately it seems like if Scott doesn’t score, we aren’t going to score. We are looking to change that and there’s no better time to do that then Saturday.”


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