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“We were the better team and we deserved to win”

5 February 2017

Florian Jozefzoon on this afternoon’s 3-3 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion

Brentford winger Florian Jozefzoon admitted it was a disappointed dressing room at full-time as Brighton and Hove Albion snatched a 97th minute equaliser at Griffin Park this afternoon. Two goals to the good with 15 minutes to play, The Bees looked like they would become the first team to do the double over the promotion-chasing Seagulls this season. However, Solly March and Shane Duffy scored in the space of three minutes before Tomer Hemed cancelled out Konstantin Kerschbaumer’s injury time effort to grab a point for Chris Hughton’s side deep into stoppage time.

Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Florian said: “What a match but we can say that we are disappointed. When you are 2-0 up and playing how we were in the first-half then you need to finish the game. It is disappointing to finish with a draw. Dean’s message at half-time was to kill the game and not to let them come into the game. We got the penalty and a chance to kill the game but unfortunately the ball doesn’t go in. We still had to make sure they didn’t get into the game but we did both: we missed the penalty and let them get into the game. When we got the late goal you thought that we had it and we had to make sure they didn’t come in our box. They did that and they scored but if you look at the game then we played very well. They are second in the league but we were the better team and we deserved to win.”

Today was Florian’s second start in a Brentford shirt following his move from PSV Eindhoven during the final week of the January Transfer Window. After taking four points, and scoring six goals, from his first two games, Florian has been pleased with how life at Griffin Park has started and feels the side’s attacking chemistry is coming along nicely.

“The next game is on Saturday so we have to take the good points from today and rely on that,” said Florian. “The season is still long so that is why we have to move on. We are very pleased with this week because it shows we can match ourselves with the big teams and that is good for everybody. If you can score goals against the bigger teams then it is very nice. We have been playing well too: we keep possession, move the ball and create good chances. We are making good runs and everybody is reading everybody which is nice.”

The 25-year-old winger has impressed the Griffin Park faithful with his all-action performances since arriving. Having only played five games in Holland this campaign prior to his move, Florian admits he will take some time to get fully up to speed but believes the only way he can do that is to put everything in whenever he steps out onto the pitch. 

“I really like the Sky Bet Championship,” said Florian. “It is physical and high-tempo. You have to focus for 100 minutes to win a game. The tempo is high and I have to adapt to it but I will get better and better. I haven’t played too many games but now that I have started playing I have to get into a rhythm. When I do that I will come into form. I have to put energy into the game to get better because I haven’t played much. If I get better next week, then the one-v-one and everything else will come. I have to put all my energy in to start with and if Dean Smith sees that I am tired then he knows I have put everything in.”

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