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Brentford boss on Cardiff City: “We owe them one” but “you can only tip your hat to them”

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Brentford boss Dean Smith says his team ‘owe’ Cardiff City one after defeat in South Wales earlier this season.

The Bees have their eyes set on the play-offs this season and tonight’s clash with Cardiff City, their game in-hand over many of their top six rivals, is a crucial part of their hopes.

Especially after suffering defeat to fellow London club and play-off outsiders Millwall last time out, leaving them five places and five points outside the play-offs ahead of tonight’s game in hand.

Though, it’s no easy game in-hand despite having home advantage. Cardiff City arrive at Griffin Park in search of a seventh straight win after making it six on the bounce and 10 unbeaten against strugglers Birmingham City last time out.

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It’ll be no easy task but Bees boss Dean Smith says there’s extra motivation for his side to put things right against their bogey team. They’ve won just one of their last six against the South Wales club and were defeated 2-0 earlier this season.

“It’s under the lights at Griffin Park and we owe them one,” said Smith.

“They have been one of the most difficult teams for us and they will try to get in out faces. Millwall is a decent warm-up for that game. We’ve got two quite similar games on the bounce.”

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Smith has actually been rather complimentary of the Bluebirds and Neil Warnock, piling on the praise before he and his team go head-to-head with them on Tuesday night.

Warnock doesn’t always attract positive attention, especially post-match, but Dean Smith appears to be a fan of what the 69-year-old has achieved in South Wales.

“We are playing a Cardiff team who are full of confidence. We certainly won’t be afraid of them but we respect what they are doing. Neil Warnock has been very good at getting teams out of this league.

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“He gets players playing for him. They have a way they play and have been very successful. You can only tip your hat to them. They don’t lack quality in Junior Hoilett and Kenneth Zohore who can score goals out of nothing.

“They have players who are fully committed and that is something that any manager would want. Every man has to get a seven or eight on the day. They have players who are committed and work hard but we can certainly hurt them if we show our quality on the ball.”

The Bluebirds take on Brentford on Tuesday evening with kick-off at 19.45. You can follow the action live on Sky Sports, or alternatively with live text commentary here on Inside Wales Sport.