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'We need to turn these draws into wins'

Henrik Dalsgaard calls for focus after international break

2 October 2017

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Henrik Dalsgaard was a little deflated that Brentford couldn't come away with more from their 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough at The Riverside on Saturday. The Danish fullback stopped to talk to iFollow after the full time whistle.

"It feels like it's the same story all over again," said Henrik. "We played very well, but we need to get some more points. That's our issue right now.

"I think we played it very well. They were at home so they were always going to put some amount of pressure on us, but I thought we did very well, especially in the first half.

"That's just football right now, especially for us. I think we are a bit unlucky and we had a lot of chances so I'm sure it will turn soon."

When asked about how frustrating it was to draw with Boro after going ahead twice, he said: "Of course, especially when there is a spare man at the back. The first one was a bit lucky, it drops down and he gets to it first. We just need to close the game sooner, another goal here and there won't lose us any points.

"I think we've got some more points, and we've got the first win which was very important. We need to turn these draws into wins, because we have the chances and we play very well.

"We need to do better, step it up a few per cent here and there. I'm sure it will turn and we'll get more victories.

"It's details but that's football. The details in and around the boxes, that's where you make the points so we need to be sharper. We're training it every day so I'm sure we'll get there."

The fullback also feels he has settled well into life in the Championship over the past couple of months.

"I like it," said Henrik. "It's definitely a tough league, playing Saturday and Tuesday, I have had to get used to it. I enjoy it, it's very physical. I've been playing a lot so I'm really enjoying it, Brentford is a great Club and I love to play here.

"Physically and mentally you have to be prepared and take care of yourself, otherwise it will kill you. I think I've done alright, I think I can do better but the first couple of months have been me getting used to it. We need some more points and then I'll be very happy."

Henrik now heads off to play for Denmark in the final stages of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. Games against Montenegro and Romania will decide if the Danes will qualify for the tournament in Russia or whether they will make it into the Play-Offs for a spot as one of the best runners-up.

"It's always a pleasure going away for your country," said Henrik. "We have two very important games, hopefully I'll play, hopefully we can get two wins and I will bring some more confidence back to the group.

"If we all step up just a little bit, it means a lot in the game. If I do well with the national team I can come back with a bit more confidence and maybe help the others a little bit more."

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