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“It is a game we have to win”

Andreas Bjelland casts his eye towards Saturday’s derby against Fulham

30 November 2017

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Bees defender Andreas Bjelland thinks Fulham’s style of play will make for an entertaining game on Saturday, one which the Danish defender feels will suit him and his teammates. The Whites head to Griffin Park having taken seven points from their last nine and are known, alongside Brentford, as one of the Championship’s ball-playing sides. Andreas believes the squad have taken the lessons from Monday’s disappointment at Loftus Road, where they conceded twice in injury-time, and are looking to wrap up the three points this time round.

“There is disappointment about the result on Monday but we have moved on,” Andreas told iFollow Brentford. “We have a new big game on Saturday. We talked about what we can do to manage the game better and we are ready for the next challenge. They want to play from the back and keep it on the ground. They look to play through the lines so it will be different from the QPR game. That suits us quite well because we want to play as well. We know when to go a bit longer to get out of pressure. It will be a tough game but we are at home and it is a game we have to win. It is a big game for the fans and for us. Hopefully we can get three points. I am just looking forward to it and hopefully the fans will carry on what they did on Monday night.”

Dean Smith’s side go into the game on the back of a run of just one defeat in 12 Sky Bet Championship games. Given how competitive and unpredictable the division is, Andreas believes the team can be very proud of the run they are putting together.

“We are tough to beat,” said Andreas. “One defeat in 12 games is not bad, especially in this league. It is about getting the points together because there are a lot of games. Looking back over a few of the games we should have won those to get more points and climb the table. It is a new game and a new challenge so we have to continue the run to 13, hopefully with a win on Saturday. We still have more than 25 games left so there are a lot of points to play for. We had a tough start to the season but we thought that we played quite well and we lifted ourselves as a team with those points and wins. We became tough to beat so if we can continue this run and continue to progress as a team then we will climb the table and have the option to make the Play-Offs.”

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Andreas will also keep an eye on the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw which takes place at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow tomorrow afternoon. The 29-year-old featured six times for Denmark in Qualifying, including playing 90 minutes in both legs of their Play-Off win over the Republic of Ireland.

Asked who he would like to be drawn alongside, Andreas said: “The Danish manager wants Russia, Panama, and Peru. If we can get that it would be great as we would have a good chance to go through. Of course, if you get Brazil, Spain, and South Korea then it looks tough, but they will be good games. We will have to see tomorrow. We have no idea what it is going to be but it will be interesting to see who, and where, we play. Right now it is all about Brentford. We have a lot of games coming up so we need to get a lot of points.”

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