Romaine Sawyers on confidence, recent performances, and Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City
Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers believes that Tuesday’s win over Leeds United made a big statement as The Bees look to carry some real momentum into the summer break. The Bees made it three wins in a row as the Play-Off chasing Whites were beaten 2-0 at Griffin Park to move within a point of the top ten. After an up-and-down campaign, Romaine is delighted to see some improved consistency as the season draws to a close.
“We set the standard against Bristol City and it has had a domino effect in terms of the positivity around the place,” said Romaine, speaking to Bees Player on Thursday. “Everyone is doing their jobs and it is a domino effect that we want to keep going. It was massive for us to follow that up as I think that has been our problem this season. We haven’t been as consistent as we would have liked at times. To see such a positive performance against Bristol City be followed up by another one speaks volumes about how we are maturing and growing as a group. Tuesday night was a massive statement about the direction that we are going in. The comments from their members of staff after the game were obviously pleasing too. You just want to win football games because the next one is the most important. Momentum is good at the moment so if we can keep pushing and keep building then we can carry that momentum into next season.”
Romaine netted his first home league goal of the season in Tuesday’s win, smashing home a superb first-time effort after Sergi Canos had been denied. His goal was just one part of an impressive overall performance from the 25-year-old who thanked his teammates for helping him stay in a positive frame of mind this season.
“Everyone knows that when you are playing well and with a smile on your face it is a good place to be,” admitted Romaine. “The group here is a supportive group so if there’s any time in the season where you have needed any support you can look to your left, right, front, and back and there are players there to support you. When your confidence is up you see things a split second quicker and you maybe try stuff that you wouldn’t have tried. There’s a risk and reward to it so the bigger the risk then the bigger the reward but it is all about weighing up those options. If I’ve tried something that hasn’t come off nobody has ever told me not to do it again. There is always a positive message behind any piece of information.”
Romaine and his teammates will be looking to cap off a perfect week with victory over Cardiff City on Saturday at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebirds have lost just one of their last seven at home and Romaine admits that it will be a different, more physical, test that The Bees will face this weekend.
“Cardiff will be a different type of team,” said Romaine. “After our two results at home I think they are going to show us respect. They are a different side to Bristol City, who want to play, and Leeds United, who want to play. They are a bit more physical and they are quite a dominating team. We have our DNA and philosophy as a club and we will obviously try and play football. We are a confident bunch and we are in a good bit of form. We have to match them first and foremost but there are different ways of matching people. We can move the ball quicker so they won’t be getting close to the ball to use their physique.”