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Nico Yennaris: "anyone can beat anyone in this league"

22 September 2016

Bees midfielder looking forward to getting back on the pitch

Nico Yennaris is looking ahead to the next three fixtures with the spirit of the last three still fresh in his mind. The 23-year-old told the gathered press earlier today that The Bees are itching to get back out on the pitch and perform again.

"There's been a great vibe around the training ground," said Nico. "Obviously we had a solid week last week with three good results; two good results away from home and a decent end to the week with the 5-0 over Preston.

"When results go your way like that and performances are good you want the next ones to come thick and fast. We can hopefully keep that run going, we do that in the next three games and we've had a great month.

"Even off the back end of last season, we have kept that good run going. We had seven wins out of nine at the back end of last season and have followed that up with a good start to this one. We take each game as it comes and hopefully we keep that run going as we have and we get a good solid three games, then even after the international break we kick on again."

With more players returning to fitness on what seems like a weekly basis, Dean Smith's options are becoming increasingly open all over the field. Nico believes that this will only help the team as the season goes on, especially since he can play in more than one position.

"It's healthy for the team to have competition for places because that means everyone has to be at it every single day in training and everyone has to fight for their shirt," said Nico. "It's only a good thing for the club to have so many players fit and ready to go at any given moment.

"Ideally you want to have an established position but to be able to play more than one is only good for me, if someone is injured and the manager needs someone to play then you still have an option to play if you weren't chosen in your established position.

"It can only work well for me and that's due to the fact that I have learned more about the game in other positions as well so it only works in my favour.

"From playing centre-mid and growing up as a central midfielder being able to play at right-back as well has helped. You see a lot of centre-midfielders end up at right or left back for whatever reason, so when you are at right-back you are very comfortable on the ball having played in the centre where you are always getting most of the ball. Nowadays fullbacks have got to be very fit, especially with the way we play, and being a centre-midfielder you are seen as the engine room so you have to be fit naturally anyway. So I think the transition is very easy."

Nico also took time to speak about the competitive nature of this season's campaign, with an awareness that the Championship is not always kind to teams that rest on their laurels.

"We've seen it many times over the years and this season. Even the big teams that have come down from the Prem know it's not going to be a walk in the park for them. It probably comes as a shock to the system for some of those teams, but we've seen it throughout the Championship for many years that no game is an easy game and anyone can beat anyone in this league."


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