“I couldn’t ask for anything better than the support I got from the players and the staff at the club over the last week”
Romaine Sawyers said it was a great relief to get off the mark as he netted his first goal for The Bees in last night’s 2-0 local derby win over Queens Park Rangers. The attacker, who joined from Walsall in the summer, met Maxime Colin’s cutback and hammered home first time to wrap up the points with 15 minutes to play. Speaking after the win, Romaine said his wait for a goal hadn’t been weighing on his mind but nevertheless he was delighted to find the net.
“I saw Maxime Colin get into a lot of space and Scott Hogan made a run that attracted the defender so I thought let me stand still,” Romaine told Bees Player after the win. “When the cutback came to me I knew that if I made clean contact from that close it was going to hit the back of the net. Luckily that is what happened. The contact was clean and I saw that the keeper wasn’t going to get to it. I knew it was going in and it was just relief really. It was good to get it at that end. I wouldn’t say the goal has been weighing on my mind but, with the support of the players and the staff around me, the performances have just got to keep coming and then the goals will come hopefully.”
Dean Smith’s side secured their first win at Loftus Road since 1964 last night after a fine team performance. The Bees dominated the match from the start but had to wait until the 42nd minute to take the lead, Josh Clarke controlling Josh McEachran’s through ball before sliding under Alex Smithies from a tight angle. Rangers came back into the match in the second-half but Romaine’s 75th minute strike ensure the points came back to TW8.
“It was a good professional performance,” said Romaine. “We didn’t play the Brentford way. It wasn’t as fluid, we had to battle, show passion, and have that competitive edge first. We built into the game, played second balls, and you could see for the two goals that we matched them physically and then showed our quality. For us we can only get three points whether we play Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, or anyone else in the league. For the fans it gave them that extra bit of edge and they are the ones that we come to perform for. We can only go out and try and perform for the three points but it makes it a bit special for the fans when it is against a rival.”
A small section of Brentford fans cheered when Romaine was substituted during the 2-0 defeat to Barnsley seven days ago. The 24-year-old admitted it wasn’t a nice thing to hear but thanked all those around the club for their support towards him over the past week.
“I owe it to my teammates, after what happened last week, they have been supportive to me from the get go,” said Romaine. “I had texts and conversations throughout the week with people telling me to ignore it and keep going. The gaffer putting me in the starting XI shows his faith in me and the relationship that we have. I have known him for a long time and it is good to know that the people around me are really supportive. Last weekend didn’t spur me on any more than normal. What went on went on and it is not something that I am going to dwell on. I couldn’t ask for anything better than the support I got from the players and the staff at the club over the last week.”
More than 2,500 Bees fans made the five mile trip to Loftus Road for last night’s game with Romaine saying that at times it felt like the team were at home. The midfielder understood fans’ frustrations last week but said that nobody wants to succeed more than the players themselves.
“The fans were massive for us tonight,” said Romaine. “They were vocal throughout and it felt like we were at home with the volume that they were making. They never stopped. When Josh scored that rose them up a bit more and when I scored they rose even more. Everyone knows what it is like being a fan and they do get their backs up but nobody is a bigger critic of a player than the player. We all know what we are capable of and we all know what we want to try and do. Nobody makes anything other than honest mistakes. It is not like we go out there to do anything less than what we normally do. The support was good tonight, we just have to keep it going as a whole unit.”