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“Every footballer wants to be on the pitch, making a difference, and contributing to the team: I am no different”

23 February 2017

John Egan looks ahead to Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship game against Rotherham United

Tuesday night’s win over Sheffield Wednesday has given The Bees squad a lot of confidence heading into Saturday’s home meeting with Rotherham United according to defender John Egan. The Irish centre-back made a goalscoring return in the 2-1 win in South Yorkshire after missing the last four matches. John said it was great be able to come back and contribute in such a hard fought win at Hillsborough.

Speaking to Bees Player, John said: “Every footballer wants to be on the pitch, making a difference, and contributing to the team: I am no different. I was really happy to get back in on Tuesday and to cap it off with a goal. It was a brilliant defensive performance with people throwing their bodies in front of everything. They had four good strikers on the pitch for the last 20 minutes. They threw the kitchen sink and the whole house at us but we stood tall and we stood firm. Everybody sacrificed themselves for the win and it was a total team effort. It gives us a lot of confidence. Sheffield Wednesday are one of the best clubs in the league. They should be in the Play-Offs and they have a very good chance of going up. It is a very tough place to go but you could see from the first minute that we were full of belief.”

Before sustaining a head injury late on against Chelsea late last month, John had started every game since his summer move from Sky Bet League One side Gillingham. However, that injury and the subsequent form of Andreas Bjelland and Harlee Dean meant John had a watching brief for much of The Bees' February action.

“We have a very competitive squad so since I got the injury against Chelsea the lads have done really well and kept their shirts,” said John. “It was frustrating to be out of the side but I told myself to bottle up the frustration and take it out on the next team that I played. When you are out of the side you just have to keep your head down and keep working hard. You have to be ready as you never know when you will get that chance. We have good players in every position and we need to have that if we want to push on. All the top teams have great competition for places and that is what we are striving for. You can see with the quality of our squad that we are getting there.”

Next up for John and The Bees is Saturday’s home fixture against the Sky Bet Championship’s bottom side Rotherham United. Despite their lowly league position John is taking nothing for granted and expects a tough battle against Paul Warne’s side.

“They are struggling but it is the Championship,” said John. “We went there earlier in the season and lost 1-0. It was a game that we felt we should have come away from with the win after playing quite well up there. That is the Championship for you. You have to be wary of everyone and everyone is a danger. Rotherham will be coming here to make it tough for us and I am sure that they will be up for the challenge. It will be a really tough game for us. We have to make sure that we get recovered and make sure that our attitude is spot on. If we bring our A game then hopefully we can get the result.”

Don’t miss out on a piece of history: celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fans saving Brentford by booking tickets now for The Bees’ home match against Rotherham United on 25 February. Prices are just £1 for Juniors, £5 for Young Persons, and £20 for adults all over Griffin Park.

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