Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley thinks this busy Christmas period gives The Bees a great opportunity to put a consistent run of results together to climb the Sky Bet Championship table. Starting with tonight’s trip to Norwich City, The Bees face four games in 12 days over the busy festive period. With Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday to visit Griffin Park before the New Year and a trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 2 January, Daniel thinks a good points haul from these games will put The Bees in a great place heading in 2018.
“If we can come back with full points, or as close as possible, from the next four games that will set us in great stead for the new year,” Daniel told iFollow Brentford ahead of the game. “There is a great opportunity for this group of players to climb the table. You have seen it so often that people win a couple of games and are among the leaders or lose a couple and are fighting for their lives. That shows how tight the league is and what quality there is in the league. It is such an inconsistent league in terms of results so we want to get that consistency nailed down and take three points from every game. That begins at Norwich City.”
Last season’s trip to East Anglia was one to forget for The Bees with Daniel and his teammates on the end of a 5-0 hammering at Carrow Road. The Canaries are not the free-scoring side they were 12 months ago but regardless of that fact, Daniel admits they still have to be respected.
“I don’t like conceding one, let alone five,” said Dean, speaking about last season’s defeat. “Getting hit for five is not something that I accept, whether that be personally or as a team. We hope that we can go there and get back to our best. We want three points. They have got players who can hurt you like Nelson Oliveira and Josh Murphy. Alex Pritchard is back in the fold now and they are all quality players who can hurt you. Let’s not forget that two years ago they were a Premier League team and that needs to be respected. That doesn’t mean anything going into the game but it deserves to be respected. We have to show them a degree of respect but we have to go there, play our own game and not worry too much about them.”
While most of the country will be tucking into turkey, mince pies, and maybe a drink or two over the coming days, it is a very different story for professional footballers building up for their busiest period of the season.
“There are a lot of games in a few days but it is something that I am used to,” admitted Daniel. “Most of the boys will be used to it too, coming from lower divisions, but we do have that little bit more recovery too. The Aston Villa game has killed Boxing Day for us but that is all part and parcel of it. We are looking forward to the tests that we have got coming up now. They are going to be enjoyable and hopefully we can take as many points from these upcoming games as possible.”