Brentford midfield maestro Ryan Woods is just going to take it one game at a time as The Bees look to secure a top six finish in the Sky Bet Championship. Saturday’s local derby win over Queens Park Rangers was The Bees fourth in five matches and saw Dean Smith’s side move up to eighth in the table, just a point outside the Play-Offs. Ryan felt that Saturday’s success, which came courtesy of goals from Sergi Canos and Florian Jozefzoon, was well-deserved.
“For the first 40 minutes we were in complete cruise control,” said Ryan, speaking about Saturday’s win. “We were very good and very comfortable but unfortunately, we have missed a good chance with the penalty. They have gone down the other end and nicked a goal before half-time. That made it difficult for us. Credit to them that they came out second-half and gave it a good go but we got the second goal, after a good bit of play from Florian Jozefzoon, and saw it out after that. All over the pitch we had to be better than our man and I think that a lot of us were better than our man today. At the end of the day it is another three points and we can aim for another three on Saturday.”
The victory means that the fight for the top six will go right down to the wire in the second tier. From Millwall in sixth to Sheffield United in 11th, just three points cover the bunch with just two matches to play. Having been eight points off the pace at the start of the month, Ryan feels The Bees can go into the final run-in full of confidence.
“We are one point off the Play-Offs now,” said Ryan. “Derby County have a game in hand but it is another tough one against Cardiff City. There is absolutely no reason why we can’t keep putting the pressure on like we are and fingers crossed it can go our way. We are all pushing and hoping that we can sneak a place in the Play-Offs. This is another three points on that way. It is going to be another tough game against Barnsley on Saturday but it is another one that we are going to go into full of confidence, wanting to get another three points.”
Next up Dean Smith’s side head to relegation-threatened Barnsley this coming Saturday. With the club laying on ten free coaches to get fans to Oakwell and more than 1,000 tickets sold for the trip to South Yorkshire, Ryan is looking forward to having the fans backing once more on the road.
“The club have put free coaches on to get people to Barnsley on Saturday so hopefully they can come and support us in their numbers, like they have done today,” said Ryan. “I know it is difficult because it’s far away but we need all the help that we can get and it would be massively appreciated. We need that extra two per cent that they give us. It was great to see Griffin Park rocking today. Hopefully, we can get another three points on Saturday so we can see it rocking again against Hull City. Fingers crossed things will go our way and we can sneak into those Play-Offs.”
Tickets for our away game against Barnsley are available here. And don’t forget, The Bees will be back at Griffin Park on Sunday 6 May. Tickets for our final game are still on general sale and selling fast so book yours now to make sure you are with us.