Midfield man backs Bees to go on another run
Tom Adeyemi said Brentford’s players knew the importance of their npower League One match against Stevenage.
The Bees went in to the fixture having not won in five in all competitions, taking two points from their last four npower League One matches and seven from their last seven.
But Tom scored the first goal just before half time and Marcello Trotta added a second late on as Brentford took the points with a 2-0 win.
The midfield player said more teams were coming to Griffin Park to try and defend and hit The Bees on the counter-attack but Brentford overcame Stevenage’s attempts to do that last night.
“It was a really important game,” said Tom, speaking to Bees Player after the match.
“We have had a dip in results.
“We didn’t feel we had had a dip in the way we played.
“We felt we were performing well but not getting the wins.
“It was one we had to win and we are very, very grateful we were able to.
“Teams are coming here and want to sit in.
“It seems they are playing for a 0-0 or to hit on the counter-attack.
“I am not sure if they are scared of us.
“The onus is always on us to attack.
“It makes it difficult to break them down but we were able to do so in the end.”
Tom’s goal came when a corner was half cleared – he picked up on the ball on the left, cut inside and rifled an unstoppable shot in to the far corner.
He said it was nice to get his first goal at Griffin Park and it came at a good time.
“It’s nice to go in at half time with a lead,” said Tom.
“On Saturday against Bury [when we drew 2-2,] we went in at 0-0 and even though we were saying ‘the goal will come, don’t panic’ it would have been nice to be ahead.
“It was good to do that today.
“I can’t remember the goal to be honest.
“I picked the ball up out wide, dribbled inside and hit it, luckily enough it went in.
“It’s my first goal here.
“It’s nice to celebrate in front of the fans.
“Maybe I can get a few more before the end of the season.
“It’s easier to play at 1-0.
“We knew if we kept a clean sheet we would be alright and Marcello got another great goal.
“That was more than enough.”
Against Bury on Saturday The Bees dominated but sat back after going ahead twice and the visitors, who had shown no inclination to attack when the game was level, equalised twice to earn a point.
Stevenage showed slightly more attacking instinct but Brentford coped better and took the win.
The points leave The Bees sixth in League One but the top seven are separated by just four points.
“Late on in the game they pushed us back and we got a bit deep,” said Tom.
“That is a natural thing that happens to all teams and it’s hard to stay high up the pitch when the opposition are coming at you because you are worried about balls in behind.
“We were better today at it and used what we had worked on in training.
“Unless you are a team like Barcelona who win every week you will always have dips in form or dips in results.
“You feel things are going against you – decisions, mistakes, being unlucky with chances.
“We feel like we have come out of that and can go on another run.
“There has not been a team in League One who has got result after result; otherwise they would be clear at the top.
“It’s very tight and it will be the team to find consistency that will go up.”
Tom said he now feels 100 per cent fit and the confidence in his body is enabling him to play better.
“You are more confident when you are feeling fit,” said the midfield man.
“I now feel when I am up against their midfield I can run over them, get in their face when they have the ball and go past them when we have the ball.
“That feeling inspires confidence.
“It allows me to play at my best.”
Brentford’s next match is an FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round Replay against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Bees earned the tie with a 2-2 draw at Griffin Park in the first match and Tom said The Bees would take confidence from that result.
“Chelsea are a great team but we showed in the game here that we can match them.
“It will be difficult.
“We know we will be under more pressure with their fans but ours will travel in numbers.
“There is no reason we can’t get something out of the game.
“These are the games you want to look back at the end of your career and remember.
“You want to enjoy it but it’s another game of football.
“We have to go there and try to get a result.
“We have to gain confidence from the first game.
“At the end we were disappointed with a draw.
“There is no reason we can’t reproduce that.”
Bees Player subscribers can see a full video interview with Tom Adeyemi here.