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“I am very happy about hitting double figures”

20 March 2017

Lasse Vibe reflects on Saturday’s double against Burton Albion and his international call up

Brentford striker Lasse Vibe is targeting a strong end to the season both personally and for the team as The Bees aim to head into the summer break with a spring in their step. The striker was speaking after notching his tenth and 11th goals of the season in Saturday’s dramatic 5-3 win over Burton Albion at The Pirelli Stadium. After back-to-back defeats, in which he didn’t find the net, Lasse admitted it was good to be back on the scoring and winning trail.

“It was good to get the goals and to get the assists,” said Lasse, speaking to Bees Player after the match. “I like scoring goals and setting up my teammates. I am very happy about hitting double figures. I have started to score more goals now that I am playing as a front man. I need to do that because I can’t play many games without scoring. That is what I am here for so I am happy to do that. After our last couple of performances the most important thing was to show character as a team. I am pleased with the way that we turned this around and that’s why I will remember this. It is massive for us to go into the international break on a positive. We want to end this season on a good run because we know what that is going to do for next season. We showed that with our run last year and then starting off this season well. We don’t want to be looking down going away: we really want to finish on a high.”

Saturday’s match was one of the games of the season with The Bees coming from 3-1 down at half-time to win 5-3. Sergi Canos gave Dean Smith’s side the lead early on but Marvin Sordell’s double and one for Cauley Woodrow had The Brewers in charge at the break. However, Lasse scored either side of Sergi’s second of the afternoon to make it 4-3 late on before setting up Jota to complete the scoring. Lasse revealed that there were a few honest words in the dressing room at the interval which sparked The Bees into life.

“It was a bit of an emotional one,” said Lasse. “It started off well and their only real chances came from set-pieces and maybe the odd counter-attack. The goals were a little bit soft and we were very frustrated at half-time. There was some good honesty in the dressing room and we stepped up. We showed that with the early goal to make it 3-2 and after that we were all over them. We took a bit of a breather at 3-3. Alan McCormack came on and that tackle that he made in the midfield was a game changer. We stepped on the gas again and they never saw us after that. It felt like every time we went forward we were going to score. They had a game-plan and they stuck to it in the first-half but once we got back into it, it was much harder for them in the second-half. They were defending and throwing themselves at everything but I think we showed that we were the better team.”

The 30-year-old is now off to join up with the Denmark squad as they prepare for a crucial 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Romania on Sunday. The striker has earned ten caps for his nation, scoring once, as well as captaining the Danish Olympic Team at last summer’s games in Rio de Janeiro and said it is always an honour to be recognised internationally.

“I am very pleased, honoured, and happy to go away with Denmark,” said Lasse. “It just shows that if you work hard and stay in the game then you will get rewarded. I am looking forward to going away and playing for my country. I got a bit of a confidence boost on Friday. I know that it is a little thing but I am very proud about it. I get happy about it and to get picked is a great honour for me. We have some really good players. I am pleased to have done well in the game today and hopefully I can convert this into a good performance for the national team.”