Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith wants to ride the momentum that The Bees recent good run has given them for as long as possible over this festive period. Victories over Norwich City and Aston Villa have extended the recent run to just two defeats in 17 and mean Brentford head into the final game of 2017 seven points outside the top six. Dean feels those two victories have put his side in a great position heading into their latest Christmas assignment against Sheffield Wednesday.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford building-up to Saturday’s game, Dean said: “To get two wins and two good performances puts us in good heart going into the game against Sheffield Wednesday. I am not one who is constantly looking at the league table, I just look at the next game. You can only get three points for each game and, with the start that we had, we needed teams to start taking points off each other so we could catch them up. That is what we have to concentrate on. This is our opportunity, if we get the right result against Sheffield Wednesday, to show our credentials. Momentum is really important. You have to ride with it when you have got it and slow things down when you haven’t, to get it back.”
Sheffield Wednesday make the trip to the capital under caretaker boss Lee Bullen following Carlos Carvalhal’s departure on Sunday. The Portuguese manager guided The Owls to the Play-Offs in both his seasons at Hillsborough but paid the price for a sluggish start to this campaign which sees Wednesday 11 points off the pace in the Play-Off race. Bullen’s first game in charge saw a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day and Dean feels The Owls will pose a real test when they head to Griffin Park.
“It has been quite a while since Sheffield Wednesday have been in the Premier League,” said Dean. “They expect to be doing a bit better so you have to live with expectations at those clubs. They are now a well-established Sky Bet Championship club looking to make the jump to the Premier League. It is a tough game as they have just won 3-0 away from home under their caretaker manager. They have got really good players but we just have to concentrate on ourselves, get the three points if we can, and see where we are then.”
The Bees recent good run has come despite a host of injuries which has stretched Smith’s squad to its limits in certain areas. With so little time between games, Dean admits it has been tough to get players back into contention to play but is hopeful of having a couple of faces to add to the squad for the weekend.
“Josh Clarke has trained today so he should be available,” revealed Dean. “Ollie Watkins has been jogging today so we are very hopeful that he will train tomorrow and be available. Henrik Dalsgaard has been training today but the game will come too quickly for him. Other than that, Chris Mepham’s nose is ok and Andreas Bjelland has four stitches in an eye cut but he should be fine. John Egan is under the doctor’s care at the moment because it is his second mild concussion of the season. We are not sure if he is going to be alright for Saturday. We will see with Alan Judge. He has had the after effects of a cold which is going around. He trained today so we will see what our squad numbers are like tomorrow before we decide.”
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