Dean Smith thinks that Brentford’s Good Friday clash with Derby County will be an “entertaining” affair, as the Rams will be looking to build on their 2-1 win at Birmingham and continue their push for the playoffs.
Rowett was victorious at Griffin Park earlier this season with Birmingham City, in a game that, Smith believes, the result didn’t reflect his team’s performance.
The Bees boss believes that Rowett will be fully aware of the potential problems that Brentford could cause.
He said: “They’ll be looking to try to win the game, but they’ll also be aware of the dangers we possess as well.
“Gary came earlier in the season, beat us 2-1 with Birmingham but we were outstanding on the day and should have won the game comfortably, so he knows what the dangers of coming and opening up against us could be, but it will certainly be an entertaining game.”
The Brentford head coach thought that Rowett was 'unfortunate' to lose his job at St Andrews, and joked that he must have taken pleasure in beating his former club with a last-minute winner when the sides met last week.
Smith also alluded to Derby’s strength on and off the pitch, and has praised the job that the new Rams’ manager has done so far.
He added “Gary’s gone in there four games ago, unbeaten since. They’re a good team, got good players, we’ve said that before, we’ve played them earlier in the season.
“They’ve had a couple of different managers this season, they’ve got a top six budget and they’ve got a top six squad.
“Obviously, Gary’s gone in there, he was unfortunate to lose his job at Birmingham, so he’d have certainly enjoyed that last minute winner at Birmingham last week.
“He’s had a great start and we know what a great job he did at Birmigham, and with the players that he’s got now at Derby, I’d personally argue that they’re better than at Birmingham, so they’re going to be a danger.”
Smith was disappointed with Brentford’s lacklustre second half performance in the 2-1 defeat at Cardiff last Saturday.
Sergi Canos gave the Bees the lead in the 42nd minute, but the hosts equalised just after half time when Sean Morrison headed home from a corner, before Peter Whittingham’s seventh goal of the season wrapped up the points for Neil Warnock’s side.
After leading at the break, Smith was frustrated that his side didn’t kick on in the second half and take all three points.
Smith went on to say: “We’re disappointed with the result on Saturday obviously, it became for me a bit of a dull game, one that we’re probably not accustomed to, hot day, slow pitch, first half in control took the lead and you think that we’re going to come out and comfortably win the game.
“They score from the corner and I think it was a very forgettable second half of football.”
Despite Saturday’s result, Smith cited the aim as being to get back to performing at the high standards that have been set since the international break, in the victories against Bristol City and Leeds.
He explained : “We’re disappointed, but also we are aware of what we’d been doing before that leading into the game, the standards that we’d set and it’s about getting back to those standards now.”