Dean Smith believes Bolton Wanderers’ league position belies the challenge Brentford will face when they welcome them to Griffin Park on Saturday.

Wanderers have won three out of their last four to climb out of the relegation places after a disappointing start to the season following their summer transfer embargo.

However, Smith is aware that the oppositions’ fortunes have turned around and that they are now a much more dangerous outfit than the side the Bees overcame 3-0 at the Macron Stadium in September.

The Brentford boss said: “They’ll fancy their chances of coming here and upsetting the bookmakers.

“They will give it a right good go and we will have to be at our best to beat them. I think Phil Parkinson’s done very well.

“We have to make sure that we, as a coaching staff, are bright and ready for it.”

After the chaos of the Christmas period, Smith has welcomed the chance to be able to train with his players for a full week after last weekend’s 1-0 shock home FA Cup third-round defeat at the hands of Notts County.

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It has given him the chance to start reintegrating players who have been missing from injuries, and he now faces a selection dilemma.

“With players coming back from injury, it has been good to get pretty much everybody out there. Henrik Dalsgaard has trained with us all week,” added Smith.

“He hasn’t played any minutes since Birmingham City, so I would be a fool to put him straight back in.

“He’s looked good in training and hasn’t appeared to have had any after effects of the training week either, which is really positive.

“Apart from that, everybody has been pushing on strong. I have selection problems, not just for the first XI but for the bench as well.

“The better they train, the more chance they have of getting themselves into that team.”

Dalsgaard is unlikely to feature, alongside Rico Henry and John Egan.

However, Lewis Macleod is in contention, despite being substituted at half-time during Brentford B’s midweek draw with Exeter.