Reading manager Mark Bowen knows that Brentford are capable of playing some of the best attacking football in the division – and that it’s imperative to stop them if you want to get anything out of the game.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Griffin Park, the Reading boss stressed that his side will have to be at the races in order to come away with a positive result.
“They are a side that I have got enormous respect for,” Bowen said of Brentford. “They are a side that, on any given day, if you let them play and you’re not at it, then you can get outplayed and be on the end of a bad result.
“The key for me has been to fire into our lads in the way that we approach the game and with our mentality that we really have to make it a difficult game for them.
“But we’re in a really good place and confidence is high. We are all chomping at the bit to get playing on Saturday.
“With our guys, there is no doubt in my mind that when we get the ball down and play, we can compete with anybody. But you have to put the things in place to be able to compete.
“I won’t allow my team to stand off anybody and let them play. We will try to make it as difficult for them as we can. We will have our own game-plan wrapped around that as well, and I fully expect that with the quality we have in the side, we will cause them a lot of problems as well.
“That is the key ongoing from here. We had good result going into the break, but it won’t take long for teams that we play to realise that we have got an extra edge to our game now. That is another problem for us to solve but we need to make sure we don’t lose that.
“Football is a simple game, when you get things right without the ball and with the ball. We know that we can get things right with the ball with the talent we’ve got. So we need to constantly be preparing in the week leading up to the game to make sure we do the right things when the opposition has the ball.”
The Reading supporters sold out their allocation quickly for our final ever visit to Griffin Park, ahead of the Bees’ move to their new home this summer.
So the two tiers will be packed with Reading supporters – and hopefully some broad grins on their faces at the end of the match.
“One of the main pictures that I have had in my mind looking forward to Brentford has been knowing that we’ve sold out that end and knowing the way our fans get behind our players.
“We need to make sure that when they leave the ground at 5 o’clock, they have got something to cheer about!”