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NERVELESS ADAM HAD BELIEF

7 May 2013

Forshaw was confident he would score crucial spot kick

 

Adam Forshaw said he “didn’t have any nerves whatsoever” before he scored the penalty that sent Brentford to Wembley.

The Bees beat Swindon Town in an npower League One Play-Off Semi-Final penalty shoot-out at Griffin Park yesterday and will now face Yeovil Town at Wembley on May 19 for a place in The Championship.

A rollercoaster of a game had ended 3-3 and with no goals in extra time, the tie went to penalties.

Brentford scored their first four and with Simon Moore saving from Miles Storey, Adam had the chance to win it.

He told Bees Player what was going through his mind.

“I tried to concentrate on what I would do in training and not worry about the scenario you are really in,” he explained.

“You have to trust yourself and have belief.

“If you don’t, you are defeated before you have kicked the ball.

“As a footballer you have to fancy yourself from 12 yards.

“Penalties get missed, as we all know, but a lot of it is down to confidence and belief.

“You have to stick with where you are going to put it and then do it.

“I didn’t have any nerves whatsoever walking up.

“[Swindon midfield player] Gary Roberts tried to put me off but I was focussed.

“I just tried to hit the ball as pure as I could.

“I froze when it went in.

“I forgot it was the winning penalty.

“I did a little fist pump and saw Harlee Dean sprinting at me.”

Adam said Brentford deserved to progress.

They went 2-0 up just before half time and then 3-1 up just after but Swindon fought back and took the tie to extra time with a 95th minute equaliser.

The midfield man said The Bees never stopped believing.

“I think we deserved the win,” he said.

“In the first half, especially, we played some lovely football.

“When we went 2-0 up, we were comfortable, maybe a bit too comfortable.

“We were still comfortable at 3-1 but they got back in to it.

“We took some knocks in that game but we kept believing.

“Swindon are a good team, they live off set pieces, as their goals showed.

“We believed we were fitter than them and I think it paid through at the end.”

He added while it was a day to enjoy, the job wasn’t complete.

“It is less than half the job,” he said.

“We have achieved nothing yet.

“We need to enjoy the moment, it is a great day, but we need to stay focussed.

“I’ve been to Wembley but never played there, it will be some experience.”

Bees Player subscribers can see a full video interview with Adam Forshaw here.


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