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Maxime Colin calls on Bees to play with freedom against Fulham

27 April 2017

“We know that they want to make it to the Play-Offs but we won’t let them have an easy game”

Brentford defender Maxime Colin is relishing the chance to test himself against the most potent attack in the Sky Bet Championship as The Bees head to Craven Cottage on Saturday. This weekend’s opponents Fulham are the second tier’s top scorers this campaign and know that a win could be enough to secure their spot in the Play-Offs. Having already come out victorious in one local derby this week, Maxime believes The Bees are full of confidence and know exactly what a second derby success in seven days would mean for the fans.

Speaking to Bees Player ahead of the match, Maxime said: “We were happy to win the derby at home against QPR so the team is full of confidence. Everyone wants to play in this game. It is a derby and they have played well this season. We aren’t playing for relegation or promotion so we can go there free and we want to do well for the fans. We know what this game represents for them. We will go there with a clear mind and try our hardest to play well and win the game. We know that they want to make it to the Play-Offs but we won’t let them have an easy game. They have a lot of attacking players and it is not for nothing that they are in the top six right now. We know it will be a tough game against a good team. We will have to be strong and it is really exciting to measure ourselves against a team that scores a lot of goals.”

One of the keys to the match on Saturday could well be The Bees Spanish winger Jota who has been in incredible form since returning from a loan spell with Eibar in January. The 25-year-old has netted 12 goals in 19 games since returning and Maxime admits it has been a pleasure to play behind him in the second-half of this season. 

“He is difficult because he plays on the right-side with his left-foot so he can always protect the ball with his body,” explained Maxime. “Since he has come back he has brought a lot more balance to the team. He has contributed a lot of goals and assists now but the fact that he plays with his left means he leaves a lot of space and creates a lot of movement. Even without his goals he would have been an advantage for us. With Sergi Canos and Florian Jozefzoon he gives us a lot of balance. It is a pleasure to play with him.”

The Bees have taken 16 points from a possible 21 in recent weeks and are just two points shy of last season’s point tally with two games to play. Maxime believes that there has been real progression at Griffin Park this season but added he is still frustrated the team are not closer to the top six.

“I think that we have improved a lot as a team,” said Maxime. “We had a few changes during the summer and that always takes time to adapt. We are finishing really well and we started the season really well but we didn’t have the best winter. We are happy because when we look behind us there are a lot of big teams like Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City fighting against relegation. On the other hand we could have done better as we lost against Rotherham United, Blackburn Rovers, and Wigan Athletic. There were a lot of games we shouldn’t have lost. With those few extra points we could have been in the Play-Offs and this game against Fulham could have been a battle for the top six.”

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