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Ryan Woods: “We have to stick to what we know”

Ryan reflects on a disrupted week at Jersey Road

2 March 2018

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Ryan Woods insisted that Brentford will ‘stick to what they know’ despite Storm Emma playing havoc with their Sky Bet Championship schedule. Dean Smith’s men have had to train away from Jersey Road this week and it was announced earlier today that Saturday’s clash with high-flying Cardiff City has been postponed. Ryan, however, said that the players will be in good condition for the next game.

“We’ve had to train on 4G which doesn’t suit some of the lads, but it’s been good to get some minutes in our legs,” Ryan told the press on Thursday. “It’s been tough; any team would struggle to get a full training week in with the weather we’ve had, but we’re all professionals and doing the right things when we go home to be as ready as we can be. No one enjoys these conditions but it’s our job – there’s people working on building sites who will be a lot colder than we are. We’re very lucky to be in the position that we are. It’s cold but we still come in, have a laugh and play high quality football. Although it’s rough we have to stick to what we know.”

The former Shrewsbury Town admitted it was snoods all-round at training this week.

“It’s far too cold to not wear a snood at the moment,” joked Ryan. “It’s the coldest I’ve ever known it. No one came out to training looking like Michelin Man but Andreas (Bjelland) was wearing his Timberlands around the training ground to keep his feet warmer – he looked like he’d just come off a building site!”

With Brentford just four points off the Play-Offs with the business end of the season approaching, the 24-year-old said that the weeks ahead will crucial in the hunt for the Play-Offs.

“It’s massive period. Every time we get close we lose a game and drop points. We’ve got the quality and the belief in this side to beat anybody in this league on our day. There’s no reason why we can’t go on and make another final push and get into that top six.”

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