It would be easy to suggest that the end of the season is coming and teams are letting up, not giving their all and enabling Brentford to play the more expansive football we've been lucky enough to witness.

Bristol City are fighting for their lives just above the relegation zone but their performance was much better than that of Leeds, who are fighting for the last of the play off places.

Both these teams clearly had a lot to play for but bar a couple of close calls in both games, we looked pretty comfortable overall.

Dean Smith, who's had his doubters, but has never really shied away, now seems to have the pieces of the jigsaw he needs.

He has got three key players out injured currently, Josh McEachran, Alan Judge and Lewis Macleod, who would challenge the starting line up if fit.

Dean Smith speaks to the press ahead of Cardiff tie

But he has what he has at the moment and he's really making it work, the pace and directness of Jota, Sergi Canos and Florian Jozefzoon have changed things so dramatically since they signed or resigned.

This has left Romaine Sawyers with the time and space to pick his pass, which has become so evident, even to his biggest critics, why we signed him in the first place.

Sawyers, who does need time and space to create, also needs intelligent runners with pace to pull the opposition defence apart and he's finally getting that, Lasse Vibe is also running himself into the ground, chasing lost causes and stretching the game and the opposition defence in the process, not giving their players time to settle.

Dean Smith

It seems Dean Smith is finally making the team his own, both with the personnel and with the style of play, and while a lot has been said and written about our transfer dealings; Sawyers was Smith's signing, he knew how he worked and his strengths and weaknesses.

Finally with the right blend of players around him, that we didn't have until January, and we're only just seeing consistently what a treat he can cause.

Romaine Sawyers

His confidence is high, and as an individual he's finally got the tools he needs to perform the way he has been asked to, with Ryan Woods maturing game by game into a marauding tough tackling quarter back and Nico carrying injury but being able to run box to box he also knows he's covered if one of his eye of a needle passes doesn't quite come off

Everyone loves Jota's flamboyancy and Canos's almost childlike excitement and exuberance, and while also have potential in Flo, who might take a little longer to adjust to the style of play in this league. It's starting to look like we have the ball playing midfielder, with a set of skills, vision and passing accuracy that we currently don't have elsewhere in our squad.

When Judge, McLeod and Josh return to fitness, we'll have one of the strongest creative midfield options in this division, but I'd suggest to you even now, the head coach will want Sawyers in that midfield pulling the strings, because all of the above mentioned players can and will make the runs to get onto those balls, not many can pick the passes that Sawyers can.