Dean Smith has paid tribute to his Brentford squad's character after the Bees bounced back from a nightmare start to the season.
Anything that could go wrong did go wrong for the west Londoners in August and September with Smith's side failing to win until a 3-0 triumph at Bolton on September 23.
Brentford have suffered injuries, with four going down with concussion, while tragedy struck as Ryan Woods lost his baby.
Harlee Dean, Jota and Maxime Colin all departed for Birmingham at the end of the summer window but the Bees, now, are on a charge and are just four points outside a play-off spot and Smith hailed the character of his side.
He said: “There's big character and they're a robust lot. We've been through a lot at this stage in the season. Losing three players on deadline day. Ryan Woods' tragedy and the concussions as well.
“They've been through a lot but they're resilient and a together bunch. I have no qualms about that. They do what they do."
There is no doubt that Smith deserves immense credit for the way he has handled his squad and created a setup that everyone buys into.
However, he was reluctant to take too much credit for the environment, putting it down to owner Matthew Benham and his ability to bring the right people in.
Smith added: “I think it's about creating the culture that you want. You have to have good people here first and foremost and then you have to recruit good people.
“If anyone steps out of line I'd expect them to police it rather than myself. If I had to step in all the time they're probably not the right person for this club. Fortunately they don't have that.”