By Harvey Byrne

Brentford boss Dean Smith has hailed Garry Monk as doing a “fantastic” job at Leeds before the midweek meeting.

The 38-year-old was appointed manager of the Yorkshire giants’ in the summer following on from Steve Evans’ reign in charge.

He has so far had a successful time on the touchline of the famous Elland Road side and has currently got them battling towards the top in fifth place.

Leeds are now preparing to face Brentford at Griffin Park on Tuesday evening and the Bees manager was full of praise for Monk ahead of the encounters.

“They are right up there,” said Smith, as quoted by the official Brentford website.

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“Garry Monk has done a fantastic job. He is a former teammate of mine from when we both played at Sheffield Wednesday. He did well at Swansea City and he is doing very well now at Leeds. We know that it is going to be a tough game but it is one that we are relishing to be honest.”

Leeds will be keen to return to winning ways after the 1-0 defeat against play-off challengers Reading on Saturday.

However, more worrying for the Whites is that they have won just one of their last four league outings at this late stage of the season which sees them with just seven matches left to play.

There is currently just six points between themselves and Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in sixth and Brenftord in 12th will provide a stern test for Monk’s outfit.

But, when Leeds last met the London side in December they ran out 1-0 victors at Elland Road through a late Kyle Bartley effort.

In other Leeds news, David Prutton has predicted the Whites’ clash with the Bees.

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