Aston Villa has had a disappointing run both home and away of late. It is now our time to step up, take advantage, and push for the playoffs. Results have gone our way recently and we must jump on this before it is too late.
Nottingham Forest conceded late on last night against West Brom, at the Hawthorns. Birmingham fell at the hands of Bolton which gives us the opportunity to leapfrog them with a win over Brentford.
Dean Smith will be eager to get three points on the return to his former club. Brentford seem to be our bogey team though. They have a good record against us but hopefully, Smith can change our fortunes.
A win at Griffin Park would put us on 47 points. We would sit 8th in the Championship going into the derby game against West Brom the weekend. This would leave us four points off the playoffs but a few above us do have a game in hand.
Those below us have played similar so it wouldn’t be a case of being caught. The worry is the gap to them playoff positions.
Promotion is far from off the table but automatic does look extremely unlikely. The playoffs are our route but improvement is needed. We scavenged a point on Friday in dramatic fashion against Sheffield United. I am hopeful that this is the turning point that we have needed for some time. Although we have only lost 2 in our last 16 – too many draws are what has killed us.
Brentford, on the other hand, are on the up. They have won 3 of their last 5 games and will want to get one over their former boss. Don’t be fooled by the fact that they sit 18th in the Championship. As I already mentioned, they have a good record against us, especially at Griffin Park.
Dean Smith has always managed to get one over on us when he was Brentford boss, so hopefully, the roles can reverse tonight and we get the 3 points.
If we can see an improvement in our performance, similar to the final 10 minutes on Friday, then we have every chance of a win. The problem has been performing for the whole 90 minutes and conceding too many goals.
I do remain confident that Dean Smith is the right man to take the club forward but it takes time. The problem is the fans need to see signs of improvement.
Do you think we have what it takes to beat Brentford tonight, or will it be another defeat at Griffin Park?