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'It was a perfect response'

Romaine Sawyers on getting back to winning ways

2 December 2017

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Romaine Sawyers was pleased with Brentford's return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon. The midfielder got himself on the scoresheet in The Bees' 3-1 win over Fulham at Griffin Park.

"We're definitely happy," said Romaine. "After everybody's disappointment on Monday, we had a chance against another rival and it was a perfect response."

Asked about what instructions Dean Smith gave him after coming off the bench to replace Lasse Vibe, he said: "I remember playing there against Sheffield Wednesday. He said to go out there and do the same.

"He told me to make sure that if I came towards the ball, that's when we'll stretch them but then to come away from it and play a bit different to how I usually do. I wanted to go out there and work hard really and luckily it paid off."

After mentioning the sucker punch at Queens Park Rangers, Romaine added his thoughts on seeing out today's win.

"It was massively important," he said. "We didn't have much time to dwell on it. We went back and reviewed it on Tuesday, had a look at the finer details and had a good heart to heart as a group. I think that has shown today.

"I think the red card changed the game; I think it gave us that extra little bit. Again, no disrespect to them, they were still a good team and we still had a job to do. We came out strong."

The 26-year-old scored his fourth goal of the season after a low cross from Yoann Barbet in the 49th minute. He described the moment for us.

"It's always good to score," he said. "That's everyone's dream and everyone likes to do that most so it was really good.

"The gaffer mentioned that we've played most of the teams in the Championship, we've only got a few left to play. If you go back and look through the fixtures, I'd name two or three that would say they fancy playing against us and that's probably it.

"That's a testament to where we are at, we've just got to go into the next half of the season and push on to see how far we can go."

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