Goalscorer Lasse Vibe on Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa
Lasse Vibe was full of praise for his teammates’ contribution as his brace helped sink Aston Villa at Griffin Park last night. The Danish striker put The Bees ahead midway through the first-half, beating Sam Johnstone after picking up Nico Yennaris’ through ball. Yennaris got himself on the score-sheet seven minutes before the interval and the points were secured 20 minutes after the break as Josh McEachran’s inch-perfect ball freed Vibe to beat Johnstone for a second time.
Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Lasse said: “It was a good performance, a nice win, and we are all very happy. We gave it a good go and got the result. They were maybe a little bit more on it in the first 15 minutes. There were a couple of times when we lost the ball and all they were looking to do was hit the front man with one touch. However, we then had a long period where we took care of the ball a lot better and opened them up. The rotation between Ryan Woods, Josh McEachran, and Nico Yennaris was really good tonight. Everyone would agree that Josh has got a different class with his passing and his service. Nico got higher up the pitch to set me up for the first goal. There is definitely some quality in our midfield. You can see what Jota did tonight and that helps me as a player. Florian Jozefzoon had a great debut as well.”
After playing second fiddle to Scott Hogan for much of the season, Lasse has flourished in the now-departed striker’s absence in recent weeks, netting four goals in his last five games. The 29-year-old admits he should have scored more in the earlier part of the season but is now looking to make the main striking role his own.
“I haven’t been playing much up front because Scott Hogan has been doing really well,” said Lasse. “I have been waiting for a chance to play in my favourite position and I am very happy that I have taken it tonight. I feel that I could have scored more goals playing as a ten this season. I have been happy playing but I don’t feel that is my strongest position. The gaffer knows me well now from my time at the club and he knows my strengths. He has been really happy with my performances, even as a ten. Getting my chance this month with what has been going on with Scott I have to take it and I am happy to have scored a couple of goals. If I keep getting to play up front then I hope for more goals.”
January has seen The Bees win three and lose three in league and cup to continue the trend of inconsistency that has been a feature of this season’s campaign. Despite the inconsistency in results, Lasse feels the performances in 2017 have been encouraging and he wants to continue that upward trend when Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion visit Griffin Park on Sunday.
“We are looking for consistency,” said Lasse. “2017 has been quite positive on the whole. The Newcastle United game we should have got more out of it but the Wigan Athletic game wasn’t great. In the first 20 minutes of the second-half against Chelsea we were on top and should have got that a goal to make it 2-1. Then we could have tried to take them on for the rest of the game. We have put in some good performances but we have to do it every week not just every now and then.”