Date: 16th February 2018 at 11:17am
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Head coach Dean Smith has said that despite recent disappointments in results, Brentford still have everything to play for as we head into the tie with Sunderland.

With only two wins in the last five matches, Brentford have slipped into tenth place in the Championship table but we are only eight points from the play off spots with 15 games left to play.

Heading into Saturday’s trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland, Smith told the Official Site as he met with the media for his pre game press conference that with so many points left to play for, the focus is on ending the campaign on a high and seeing where it takes us.

‘Every time you don`t win it becomes a bit harder – particularly when the teams above you are picking up points – but we`ve always focused on the next game. Our ambition at the start of the season was to finish inside the top six and there`s no reason for that to change with 15 games to go. The outcome of the last couple of games has been a bit disappointing, but the performance levels have been good and that`s all we can control.’

Smith went on to say that despite recent disappointments, he still felt the club was on an upward curve and progressing well and in many ways it has been our improvements that led to recent results being so disappointing.

‘We believe that the football club is progressing very well. The team has been consistent this season but we haven`t got the wins that our play has deserved. There`s a lot of good players in the group; last week I was forced to make three changes but it didn`t change the shape, the way that we played or our performance levels. There`s still plenty to play for.’

Smith went on to say that he has a fully fit group to choose from this weekend and Chris Mepham has recovered from the illness that sidelined him, and looking to Sunderland more specifically he knew we would have to be at our best as Chris Coleman will have them fighting for their lives given where they sit in the table.

‘They`ve obviously got a lot of character in the team. It`s common knowledge that their home form hasn`t been great this year and we`re hoping to capitalise on that. Bristol City are a good team, so to go 3-0 down at Ashton Gate and come back to earn a draw shows that they`ve got plenty of quality. We have to be very wary of the threat that they pose.’

Smith went on to say.

‘Whenever we play away from home our plan is to get on the ball and frustrate the opposition. Their fans might be expecting to see a win due to the size of our club, but we`re hoping we can go there and show what we`re about. Chris` appointment took a lot of people by surprise because he`d done so well with the Welsh national team. He will believe he can turns things around and get the club back to where their fan base believes they should be.’

With Smith’s contract up in 2019, he also confirmed that imminent talks were planned and although they should’ve met this week, that meeting was bounced until next Monday.

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