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“We seem to have difficulty in playing well two games in a row”

5 November 2016

Maxime Colin calls for consistency after Fulham defeat

Maxime Colin believes The Bees must become more consistent in order to make the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs. The French defender was speaking after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Fulham at Griffin Park this evening which extended The Bees wait for back to back league wins to 13 games. Maxime was frustrated to follow up last weekend’s fine win away at Queens Park Rangers with a poor performance at home against The Whites.

“It is our second bad performance at home in a row,” said Maxime, speaking to Bees Player after the match. “We showed a lot of good things to our fans after the Queens Park Rangers game but we seem to have difficulty in playing well two games in a row. We need to train hard to make sure we play two good games in a row. After QPR the team had a lot of confidence. When we win a big game, like we did against QPR last week, we find it difficult to win a second big game. We seem to play well in a big game then have a bad game after. We need to work hard to put in good performances game after game. You can’t get in the top six if you win one game and lose one game.”

Fulham started brighter under the lights at Griffin Park and took the lead ten minutes before the break, Sone Aluko’s shot finding its way past Daniel Bentley after The Bees stopper had saved his first effort. Brentford improved after the break but couldn’t find the leveller and conceded a second on the break in injury time to confirm their first defeat against Fulham in five matches. Maxime offered up no excuses for The Bees poor showing and said they have to be better at home than they are currently showing.  

“We weren’t good in the duels tonight,” said Maxime. “Normally our strength is to be really tight and really push to win the second balls. Tonight I don’t think we won any second balls. We were always late and at this level you can’t win anything if you don’t win the second balls. I don’t know if it was physical but tonight everyone looked like they were a bit tired. If you want to be in the top six then you need to win at home but we can’t do that at the moment. Tonight we are all upset and disappointed but we still have a lot of games left to improve and learn from our mistakes. We have the quality to finish in the top six but everyone needs to work much harder to make sure we do that.”

The Bees fielded another young XI this evening with Harlee Dean and Andreas Bjelland the only starters aged over 25. While Maxime admits that The Bees’ youth does mean they lack a certain amount of experience he believes they should be able to compensate for that in different areas which they aren’t doing at the moment. 

“We have 15 days now to prepare for our next game,” said Maxime. “Every game in the Championship is tough. We need to be strong physically and mentally. If everybody is ready physically then we are a young team and we will win a lot of games. We can press and we can win a lot of second balls. If the team is not 100 per cent then it is difficult to bring back the three points. When you are a young team you have advantages and disadvantages. When you are young you play with more physical skills but when you are older you use more experience. We need to be ready to play three games in a week, to win duels and second balls, and to run a lot. If we want success in the Championship then we need to show this.”

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