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Romaine Sawyers: “We didn’t play to the standards that we have set ourselves.”

15 October 2016

Midfielder looks back on Saturday’s defeat to Newcastle United

Romaine Sawyers admitted that Brentford didn’t get things right in the first-half as Newcastle United took the three points at St James’ Park this afternoon after a 3-1 victory. The Bees were slow out of the blocks and trailed 2-0 after the quarter hour, Ciaran Clark and Dwight Gayle on target for the home side. Dean Smith’s side rallied but found themselves three down just after the break when Gayle netted his second. Despite Scott Hogan pulling one back and a much improved second-half performance there wasn’t to be a way back for The Bees.

“This is a place where if you start slow, like we did, you are going to get punished,” said Romaine, speaking to Bees Player after the match. “We gave them the chance to get on top of the game and, once they did, they were on cruise control. We came out with a plan in the second-half and we knew the third goal, for either team, was going to be crucial. They got it and after that we sprung into the Brentford that we know. When we look back on today we know within ourselves that we didn’t get things right. We didn’t play to the standards that we have set ourselves. The standards have been high and the performances have been high but we started slowly.”

Despite his disappointment at the first-half performance, Romaine said it was important not to get too caught up on that but rather to focus on the positives from the second-half, especially with a game away at Derby County in just 72 hours time. 

“It is a tough place to come,” said Romaine. “They will win more than they will lose here and we matched, if not bettered them, for the last half an hour of the game. We have to come away with the respect that we have matched the best team in the league in the second-half. We finished the game with a bit more respect and we have just got to build on that for another big game on Tuesday. That is a massive positive to take into Tuesday. As soon as you lose a game you want the next one to come quickly. We should be able to take our mind off this one and perform on Tuesday.”

The 24-year-old joined The Bees from Walsall in the summer and admitted it took him a little while to get adjusted to life in the Sky Bet Championship. However, he now feels at home enough in the second tier to call himself a Championship midfielder and thanked his teammates for sticking with him during a slow start to the season personally.

“I spoke to Richard O’Kelly a few weeks ago and I said that I can now call myself a Championship midfield player,” said Romaine. “I will never give myself that title, I have to earn it. I had a slow start to the season but I think that I am really growing into it now. There is a lot of intensity and a lot of quality players in the midfield which you don’t find in League One. It is a credit to the league and credit to myself. We all believe in ourselves and we all stick together. The boys were behind me when I had that slow start and I owe them massively.”

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