Brentford manager Dean Smith had been speaking on the Brentford TV channel about the big game tomorrow at Griffin Park, when the Bees will welcome Newcastle and we are currently second in the Championship, 2 points behind Brighton who also have a game in hand on us.
Brentford are on a decent streak of form at the moment – they have won their last two games and drew the two before that – and they seem confident they can get a home win tomorrow.
Dean Smith – Brentford manager
This is what Dean Smith has said about the game and about Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez:
“It is a great challenge. I didn’t think we played that well when we went to Newcastle United which was a disappointment.”
“It is a game for us now to test our wits. We have hit a recent bit of form: I know it was non-league opposition – Eastleigh.”
“But we played well and were clinical and we beat Birmingham City quite comfortably the week before.”
“We feel that we are in a good place at the moment and the players are looking forward to the game. There is a lot more confidence in what we are doing and how we are doing it.
“The players look confident in executing plans and they look confident in the system that we are playing. They have a great belief in what they are doing now.”
“It is a great opportunity for us because it might be a little bit different for a club of Newcastle’s size and stature to come to Griffin Park.”
“What Rafa Benitez has done with Newcastle in the Championship has been admirable.”
“Everybody can point out the quality of their players and the funds and support that they have got but they still need to go and do it right.”
The Reading 1-0 defeat at home to QPR last night means we remain 6 points above 3rd and 4th placed Reading and Huddersfield respectively.
We are hoping we can get our first win of the year tomorrow afternoon.