Brentford winger Sergi Canos says competition for places is so high that it is a gift every time you make the current Brentford starting XI. The winger, who endured a tough start to the season with two ankle injuries, has made 12 appearances so far this campaign, finding the net in the home win over Fulham. Sergi admits it’s been a frustrating start to the season on a personal level but feels that’s come about because of the quality in the squad at Jersey Road.
“It has been difficult but I have enjoyed the last five or six games a lot,” Sergi told iFollow Brentford. “It took me a while to get back into the team because they were playing well and everyone was involved. Everyone enjoys training and playing because every time you play it is a gift. You have to show everybody you can be in this team. If you go player by player we have great quality. If you are in the starting XI it means something. You have to show everybody you can be in the team because if you don’t show it you could be dropped. That is always good. Everybody gets disappointed if they aren’t playing but it is all about the team. You have think that you can make the difference in the last 30 minutes: the first year that I came to Brentford I scored more goals as a substitute than I did starting.”
The Bees go into this weekend’s game having lost just twice in their last 17 Sky Bet Championship games to sit 12th in the table. Having taken just three points from the first seven matches this season, Dean Smith’s side have taken 31 points from the last 17 games to move through the pack and into the top half. Sergi sees Saturday’s game as another chance to put more points on the board and keep pace with the sides above.
“We all believe that we can push on,” said Sergi. “Everyone is talking about the Play-Off but the most important thing is to go game by game. We got the three points on Tuesday and now we have to get them on Saturday. Then we move on and go to Wolverhampton Wanderers which won’t be easy. If we start looking towards the Play-Offs then it’s not going to happen. If we take things game by game then I think we can achieve good things. It would be massive if we could get the three points. We would start the New Year very positively but if we don’t get the three points then we go again. However, we will go for the three points.”
In the build-up to the Boxing Day clash with Aston Villa it was suggested by visiting boss Steve Bruce that The Bees ambitions extended only to staying in the second tier. It was a statement which Sergi admitted pricked the ears of those inside The Bees dressing room and made Tuesday’s victory that little bit sweeter.
“We read what the Aston Villa manager said about us and we didn’t agree,” revealed Sergi. “We showed everyone that we are not a team who can only be in the Championship. We can push and beat big teams in this league. When you talk about teams you look at the past but don’t look at what they are doing in the present. They might look at our stadium not being the biggest or our training ground being the greatest but, for us, that is everything. The other day there was an amazing atmosphere at Griffin Park and it is a really hard place to play. If they want to think that we are smaller than them then they can think that, we just have to play and show them that we are better than them.”
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