Maxime Colin previews Tuesday night’s fixture against Aston Villa
Brentford defender Maxime Colin believes The Bees are still capable of mounting a charge towards the top end of the Sky Bet Championship table but admits that results need to start coming sooner rather than later if that is to happen. The Bees host Aston Villa at Griffin Park tomorrow night sitting 15th in the second tier, 12 points off the top six, following Saturday’s defeat at Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round. Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s televised match, Maxime said The Bees will need to give it everything tomorrow to get the three points and begin the climb up the league.
“Tomorrow is another challenge,” said Maxime, speaking to Bees Player. “They are a big team and they have made some new signings who will want to impress from the start. It will be a tough game and we have to be more consistent at home. It will be important for us to keep Aston Villa out and then we will get some opportunities. We are still looking up and we have confidence from the last few years, when we finished the season really well. The team has confidence from this but we need to be in a good position when we get to the last ten games. Aston Villa are only three points above us which is nothing. We have a tough week and we need to stick together. The 11 who start the game need to give everything and then we think about the next game. We can’t save our legs: we need to play the game 100 per cent and then see what happens. Hopefully, this way we can bring back three points.”
The first meeting between Brentford and The Villains this season ended in a 1-1 draw at Villa Park back in September: a late John Egan goal cancelling out Jonathan Kodija’s first-half effort. Maxime feels that performances like the one at Villa Park, and at Brighton and Hove Albion which preceded it, show The Bees can compete with everyone in the Championship, but they need to be more consistent in showing it.
“They scored a wonderful goal but we came back at them and got the goal,” said Maxime. “That showed that we can do well against the bigger teams. We know that we can get good results but we have to try and be the best in every game. At the moment that is not the case and we don’t show the same face at all. Sometimes we are really bright, we win the duels and the second-balls, and everybody is really involved. But then we will lose games that we shouldn’t. That is the reason why we are not top of the league at the moment. That is the difference because Newcastle United weren’t good at all when they came to Griffin Park but they took the three points. We are still young and we are still learning but it is frustrating when we don’t put in the same performance every week.”
Brentford go into the game on the back of a 4-0 Emirates FA Cup exit to Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Despite the quality of the opposition, Maxime admitted the team was disappointed with the final score-line and felt there was much to be learned from the game.
“You always try and take some positives after a big game but you can’t be happy when you lose 4-0,” said Maxime. “Even when it is a big team like Chelsea we should have conceded less. We started the game well and for the first ten minutes our shape was good. They might have had the ball but they didn’t really create many chances. The free-kick killed us as we needed to keep the clean sheet until half-time if we wanted to get something. At the start of the second-half we were quite ok. We created opportunities with Nico Yennaris and Lasse Vibe. To do that against Chelsea is really positive but when you lose 4-0 you have a lot of bad things too. We need to keep working and move on to tomorrow now.”