Bees defender Yoann Barbet thinks that a few more wins could see Brentford go from being a good Sky Bet Championship team to a great one as Dean Smith’s side hunt for a place in the top six. Only second-placed Cardiff City have managed to get the better of Brentford since mid-September, a run of 13 games, and Yoann feels everything is there for The Bees to make an assault on the top six over the coming games.
“We are full of confidence,” Yoann told iFollow Brentford ahead of Saturday’s trip to Hull City. “It could be better with more wins but when you only lose one in 13 in this league it means that you are a good team. We are not a great team at the moment because we are not winning enough games. If we can win a few games in a row then we will become a great team and reach the Play-Offs. If we correct some little details then we can go really far. I don’t think we have any limits. I think Wolverhampton Wanderers are the best team in the league but, after that, I think that we can beat anyone and we are not afraid of anyone. We know we are one of the best footballing teams in the league so if we take our chances, and defend a little bit better at times, then we can go really far.”
Next up for Yoann and the team is a trip to struggling Hull City this Saturday. The Tigers parted with Leonid Slutsky on Sunday, Nigel Adkins replacing the Russian on an 18-month deal earlier today. In just ten league games at the KCOM Stadium this term, Hull have scored 25 and conceded 19 goals, and Yoann thinks City’s open style of play will suit The Bees.
“It will be a tough game because I don’t think that they deserve to be where they are in the league,” said Yoann. “They were in the Premier League last year and they have some great attacking players who score lots of goals. We can’t think that it will be an easy game because they are at the bottom of the table. We have to focus on ourselves, keep playing how we are playing, and hopefully we can get the win. It will be an open game. We always go to win away. They score a lot of goals and we create a lot of chances. Hopefully we can score more than them. As you saw against Fulham, they created a lot of chances but they also left a lot of space. We have the players to attack these spaces and we are very good on the counter-attack.”
Yoann has enjoyed an extended run in the starting XI recently, having started 13 of The Bees last 19 games in all competitions. In that time, the 24-year-old has also managed to pop up with three goals, two of them direct from free-kicks. Although he freely admits he doesn’t particularly like playing at left-back, Yoann is nevertheless pleased to be in the team and contributing at both ends of the pitch.
“I am trying to do my best,” said Yoann. “The gaffer knows that I don’t really like to play left-back but I would rather be a left-back than be on the bench. If the gaffer needs me as a left-back I will be a left-back, if he needs me as a striker I will be a striker. I just try to do the best every game and help the team as I can. It is also good for me to play a few games in a row and be consistent. I have been working really hard with Bartek for two years and it is starting to pay off. I am happy for him because it is down to him that I am shooting like this. Hopefully I can score a few more because we know how important set-pieces are in this league.”
Yoann has also become a real favourite on the terraces in recent weeks, helped in no small part by his passionate celebrations on the pitch and at full-time.
When asked about his celebrations, Yoann answered: “I really like playing here and you can see that I enjoy my job. I really like the fans and they really like me also. I am also happy for the team when we score in these big moments like when we scored against Fulham to go 2-1 in the big derby. I am so happy every time we score a goal. I try to give everything on the pitch and, being a little bit emotional and passionate, you can see that on the pitch.”