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“We always knew what a good team we were”

Ryan Woods speaks to iFollow Brentford after Saturday’s win over Leeds United

6 November 2017

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Brentford’s goalscorer Ryan Woods said it was a fantastic Saturday night for the team as Dean Smith’s men scored twice late on to secure the three points under the lights at Griffin Park. Neal Maupay and Ezgjan Alioski traded goals courtesy of goalkeeping errors to mean it was level going into the final five minutes. However, first Yoann Barbet swept home a low free-kick and then Ryan put the gloss on the win with his first of the season.

Speaking straight after the game, Ryan told iFollow Brentford: “It was a fantastic night in the end. We were much the better team first-half: we were excellent. Second-half they changed it a little bit and we weren’t too sure what to do for the first 20 minutes of the half. We managed to get the second which made it feel a little bit more comfortable again and then I have managed to get one. We looked solid tonight and you can see what a good team that we are. The supporters are always behind us. It was fantastic tonight with the full house.”

The goal was Ryan’s first of the season and first in the red and white of Brentford at Griffin Park. Despite being the deepest-lying of The Bees midfielders, Ryan found himself on the edge of the box in injury time to steer home from 20 yards. Ryan’s goal meant that every one of The Bees starting line-up on Saturday has now netted in the league with the midfielder delighted to be able to get on the scoresheet.

“It was my first goal here and I definitely enjoyed it,” revealed Ryan. “It was a great feeling and it was on the TV. We have the relationship now that I knew Nico Yennaris was behind me so I saw the space and pushed on. I never looked at the goal for the shot but managed to control it and put it in the corner. I will take the goals however they come and, luckily, it was another good one tonight. It is nice to have the whole team chipping in with goals and, if we can do that, then I am sure that we have plenty of goals in us.”

Victory took Brentford’s unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship to nine games and moved the side into the top-half of the table. It also capped off a perfect week which saw wins against Preston North End, Birmingham City, and, finally, The Whites. Ryan feels that this week’s wins have shown a different side to the group which they want to carry into the next run of fixtures.  

“It was always fantastic here even before the nine-game unbeaten run,” said Ryan. “We always knew what a good team we were and we always knew that we were going to turn it round. We have had a really good week, taking nine points, but we have to make sure that we carry it on now after the international break. We have got a resilience about us now which we maybe didn’t have too much of last season. We know that we can go away now and, without maybe playing that pretty football, see out the wins.” 

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