Brentford midfielder Nico Yennaris believes The Bees head into Sunday’s season finale against Blackburn Rovers in the right mindset to make it five straight league wins at home. With nothing substantial riding on the game for Dean Smith’s side, unlike visitors Blackburn who must better Nottingham Forest’s result to have any hope of safety, The Bees could be forgiven for taking it easy but Nico is convinced that won’t be the case.
Speaking to Bees Player ahead of the match, Nico said: “The last game of last season we were playing for something for ourselves and we went to Huddersfield Town and came out flying. We know what type of game it could be for us. We are going into the game in the right mind-frame and with the right attitude. We know that they are going to be at it from the get-go. It is not going to be a case where we are relaxing and taking it easy. We are going to have to go out there and put a performance in. It is on TV so nobody will want to get embarrassed on TV. We have to put on a performance like we have done.”
Victory for The Bees at home on Sunday would ensure a higher points tally than last season and a third consecutive finish inside the top ten of the second tier. Nico admits that points have been dropped this season where they shouldn’t have been but feels the team are much better for the experience.
“I think that we have done alright,” said Nico. “We could look back at a few games and a bit of inexperience has stopped us seeing out games for the win. We have finished strong at the back end of the season. We have been managing games better. For some of the boys this year it was their first year in the Championship. For other boys who are still learning the game, then minutes under their belt this season have been great. Next season we can aim high. If we can keep this squad together and push on then we will have a good chance. The experience and the games that everyone has gained this season will hold us in good stead.”
Sunday’s game will be Nico’s 49th of the season, leaving him the only Brentford player to have featured in every one of The Bees' competitive games this campaign. After being a peripheral figure during his first two years at Griffin Park, Nico has been pleased with how his season has gone at the heart of The Bees midfield.
“My first few seasons here weren’t easy but I have worked hard and it is good for me to be involved in every game this season,” said Nico. “At the back end of last season, I showed what I can do in midfield and the gaffer has shown faith in me to keep me there this season. It has been nice to have a good run. I have always said that when you have a good run you can start building some form and get some consistency. That is what I have done this season. I set myself a target of six goals and I reached that target so I am pleased with that. It was nice to top off the target against Fulham in a West London derby. We knew how much that meant for the fans so that will be one to remember.”