Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith admits preparations for this weekend’s match have been far from ideal as icy winds and heavy snow batter the United Kingdom. The Bees have been forced to re-jig their training schedule and train away from a snow-covered Jersey Road since the cold weather struck. Despite the logistical headache the weather has caused, Dean has been delighted with his side’s attitude to training and thinks they are ready for the weekend’s visit from The Bluebirds.
“There has been a lot of improvisation involved,” Dean admitted to iFollow Brentford. “We are lucky that we have a full-size 4G pitch that we can call on. We have done a little bit of tactical work but weather conditions don’t allow for you to be standing around too much. The players’ attitudes have been spot on and I said to them today that the players they become will be down to their attitudes and how they train every day. I can only credit them for the way they have trained. We would have had a double session on Tuesday but it wasn’t possible. Every now and then you get these conditions thrown at you and you have to adapt. We have done that and I feel the players are in a good enough place ready for Saturday.”
Cardiff City head to west London on the back of four straight league wins which has seen them eat into Wolverhampton Wanderers advantage at the top of the Sky Bet Championship. Neil Warnock’s side have also opened up a four-point gap over Aston Villa back in third as the experienced manager targets another EFL promotion. Dean was full of praise for the job that Warnock has done this season and feels he probably should get more recognition than he does for his work.
“They have done fantastically,” said Dean, on Cardiff’s season so far. “They have won four on the spin and I like what Neil Warnock does. He has got teams promoted and he has players that play for him and get results. They deserve to be where they are and they have a great chance to get in that top two. He has got promoted to the top tier enough times to probably get more pats on the back than he does. We will have to open the doors to get chances knowing that, if we play as we do, we have a good chance. They will be a threat from set-pieces and on the counter. They have some quality players and have scored some really good goals this season. They have beaten some really good teams and we will have to be at our best.”
The Cardiff game kicks-off another crucial week with trips to Burton Albion and Millwall coming quickly on the back of the game against Cardiff. With the number of games continuing to tick down, Dean feels his side could take another big step towards the top six over the next eight days.
“It’s another big week again and one that we are looking forward to,” said Dean. “We have two tough away games coming up but first we need to focus on Cardiff, which will be a tough game. Wolverhampton Wanderers have had a little hiccup recently when you’d have thought they would be promoted by now. We always felt that it would be a league like that. There are a lot of teams who can beat each other and when you have that it always makes for an exciting end to the season. We want to be in that mix but to do that you have to win games.”
On the subject of injuries and the like, Dean revealed that he has any almost fully fit squad to pick from for the upcoming matches.
“We have a clean bill of health,” revealed Dean. “Rico Henry is out in Philadelphia getting some rehab as he has been for the last week. He is pretty much the only one. We had a couple of walking wounded after Leeds United but they have been back in training and are fine. With three games in a week we can change things around. With the commitment you have to put in to games we will probably have to tweak things.”
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