Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith is looking forward to bringing his team to St James Park but has named seven Newcastle players to watch out for.
He says that to combat Newcastle’s quality, Brentford have to take the pace and organisation that has got them into seventh place, only four points behind NUFC.
Dean Smith describes Newcastle as a ‘big club’ with a ‘fantastic fanbase’ and says that ‘everybody’ expects the home team to win.
For dangers, the Brentford boss points to the signings of Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Mohamed Diame.
Other players he name checks are Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Yoan Gouffran and Jonjo Shelvey.
As we all know, in the Championship names mean nothing and Huddersfield have been the surprise package so far.
After losing zero home games in the 2009/10 promotion season, it has been a wake up call for Newcastle to lose two already this season.
It is down to the players to live up to their reputations.
“They are a big club who have come down from the Premier League and have a fantastic fanbase.
“That will certainly whet the appetite of a lot of the players. They will want to go and show what they can do in front of that many people.
“They have got very good players and we have all seen them from afar.
“In Dwight Gayle they have a player who can score goals at Premier League level. They have signed Matt Ritchie and they also have Mo Diame, Yoan Gouffran, Jamaal Lascelles, and Ciaran Clark. It is a team that is littered with players who have graced the Premier League like Jonjo Shelvey.
“We know the task that we are coming up against and we respect it, but we are not in awe of it and we don’t fear it. Everyone will expect Newcastle to win except for those in our dressing room. The Newcastle supporters will expect them to win but when the odds are against us that is when we are usually very good.
“We are a team that is organised, we are a team that has pace in there, and we are a team that has quality in there. We have to go and take that to St James Park.
“They need to stand up again and they know that. I have no worries and no fears that they will do that because the mentality of the group is good.”