John Egan looks ahead to Saturday’s clash with Burton Albion at Griffin Park
Brentford defender John Egan revealed that there's a real desire within the dressing rooms at Jersey Road to bounce back from last Saturday’s defeat to Norwich City and claim the points when Burton Albion come to Griffin Park this weekend. The Bees were beaten 5-0 in East Anglia last time out but John feels that performance, and the inquest that followed, have left the side determined to turn things around this Saturday back at Griffin Park.
“A lot of things went wrong but the be-all and end-all is that we had an off day and Norwich City took advantage of that,” said John, speaking to Bees Player ahead of the match. “They put us to the sword and we know that we are miles better than that and that we let ourselves down. In football you have to bounce back from every bad result and we have to do that on Saturday. Everything was laid out on the table and we have learned a lot about ourselves. You learn a lot more from a defeat than you do from a win. You have to show up to every game with 100 per cent appetite to work hard and win the game. We didn’t do that last week but we’ve had a good week on the training ground. Everyone has been bright and we are looking forward to Saturday.”
Last time out at Griffin Park The Bees were unlucky to be on the end of a 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City after dominating the game against Blues. John feels that if Brentford can put in a similar level of performance this time round against Albion, with the support of the fans, they will be able to get that longed-for win.
“The boys have trained really well and everyone has been at it 100 per cent,” said John. “We aren’t happy with what happened last week and we want to put it right. The fans get behind us. It is easy to play any time you are on a football pitch but when the fans get behind you they can suck the ball into the back of the net now and then. The home fans have been good. Against Birmingham City, even though we were 2-1 down I thought they were still behind us. We dominated the game from start to finish and losing was a hard one to take after that performance. If we don’t give away cheap goals, and are as good going forward, then we will give ourselves a good chance of winning any game.”
The Bees recent run of four straight defeats sees Dean Smith’s side occupy 18th place in the Sky Bet Championship approaching a busy run of six games in 23 days leading into the New Year. With such a quickfire run of games coming up, John said it would be a perfect time to put a run of wins together to move the team back up the table and nearer to where they feel they should be.
“We have thrown away a few points in some of the games but we are where we are: the league table doesn’t lie,” said John. “We would like to be higher but the be-all and end-all is that we aren’t. We are striving every day to climb up that table and finish as high as we can. We have got a good quality squad here and we have to forget what has gone on in the past and focus on what it coming next. Games are the things that footballers look forward to and they are all itching to go. We are looking forward to this run of games and hopefully putting some points on the board. A defeat is a defeat and we have had too many of them in the last couple of weeks. We believe in ourselves and know that when we put a performance in there are very few teams who can live with us. We have to focus and bring those intensity levels into every game and not let up.”