Hat-trick hero praises team performance after 5-0 win over Preston
Scott Hogan said that the team's ability to work together proved vital on the way to a 5-0 win at Griffin Park on Saturday. His hat-trick, added to by a goal from Harlee Dean and an own goal by Chris Humphrey, secured all three points in front of the home fans.
Speaking to Bees Player after the game, Scott said: "I've been waiting a long time for a hat-trick at this level, I have scored two previously. That's probably the worst 5-0 we've had for a long time, or probably ever, because we didn't really play well in the second half. In the first half we were okay but goals change games and I'm happy to get the goals."
Brentford were one-nil up at half time and were put under some early pressure in the second 45. The Bees managed to grab an important second goal before the visitors went down to ten men through injury, after that Scott thinks it was a job well done.
"I think we just capitalised in the last few minutes," said Scott. "We took our chances and put the game to bed. The back four were outstanding again and cut out, if any, clear cut chances for the opposite team. That's what starts it. We never look like we we're going to concede and that means there's a freedom at the other end of the pitch because you know you can rely on the boys at the back. Bents in goal has pulled off a good save at 1-0, and then my job is to put the ball in the back of the net and I am happy to have done so and walked away with the match ball."
The victory meant that Dean Smith's side had taken seven points from a possible nine in a short space of time. Far from talking about points, Scott is focussed on scoring goals.
"I said at the start of the season that I wanted 30 plus, and that's my target," said Scott. "I set high standards because I always believe that if you fall short of those high standards then you are still acheiving a high standard.
"I think Andre scored 25 or 26 goals last year, if you fall short of 30 goals you are going to hit that mark and look what happened to Burnley; they got promoted. A lot of teams that go up need that 25-goal striker. I want to be that striker because I know at the back and in midfield we are reliable and solid. Ryan Woods is out of this world at times, Harlee and John have a got a great partnership and teams don't look like scoring against them. So I will kick on, take my chances and that is what my job is and that's what the boys expect me to do.
"It's about working hard as a team, I think we work hard when we don't have the ball and run further than most teams in the Championship probably. That's all a starting stone to building towards this 5-0 victory today."
Scott is a player who concentrates on doing his job, wherever he needs to do it. He admitted that, despite the record at home this season, they won't win every game but assured fans that the team always appreciates their backing.
"Griffin Park is our home ground, we like playing here, we are used to playing here and we are confident in getting results. The fortress thing has never bothered me, obviously if it becomes an intimidating factor for other teams then brilliant. It shouldn't matter about any surroundings as long as us eleven on the pitch do what the gaffer has asked us to do every day and then turn up on a Saturday and do what he wants us to do then we should win.
"The surroundings change all the time, home, away, big stadiums, little stadiums, big pitches and small pitches. As long as we do what we do on the pitch it doesn't matter.
"I think it's good for the fans that it becomes a fortress because it allows fans to turn up with real high expectations and they look forward to the weekend at Griffin Park. In those terms, I am over the moon that it is a fortress so that the fans can come and enjoy. Every now and then we might lose a game but they won't go away too disappointed because they know what we are doing on the pitch for them."