Saturday’s goalscorer Romaine Sawyers believes that now is the time for The Bees to build on their foundations and push up the Sky Bet Championship table. Sawyers’ fierce drive early on in the second-half proved to be the difference as Millwall made the trip across London to Griffin Park over the weekend. After getting off the mark at home, Romaine feels the team is now starting to get the results their play deserves.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford after Saturday’s victory, Romaine said: “Anybody can be a passing team if you are not doing it productively but I think that we are starting to show our productivity. We haven’t had the best of luck so far this season but we are still in and around it. We are only eight points off the Play-Offs so we aren’t too far away. We are at the quarter point of the season now so we just have to keep building on our foundation. This is a good time to kick on.”
The Bees had Daniel Bentley to thank for the three points on Saturday, the goalkeeper putting in a man of the match performance, which included saving a late Lee Gregory penalty, to secure the win. Neil Harris’ side put Brentford under concerted pressure in the closing stages but Romaine felt the team stood up well to the bombardment.
“We performed well even though we rode our luck a little bit with Dan Bentley making the penalty save,” admitted Romaine. “We created chances ourselves so I think we got what we deserved. It was a different type of test for us. They were a bit similar to Bolton Wanderers with the fight in them. Everybody says that we are a pretty passing team but I think we showed the other side today. We have always had the belief amongst ourselves. People might come and press us and try us get us into a battle but today we stood up to that.”
Romaine’s goal was his second of the season, following on from his strike against AFC Wimbledon in August’s Carabao Cup tie. The 25-year-old revealed that he had been working on his finishing building-up to the game, looking to take advantage of Millwall’s deep defensive shape.
“After training this week, Nico Yennaris took me aside and said we should do some finishing,” explained Romaine. “The one that the keeper tipped over in the first-half was something we had been working on. We spoke about shooting from distance before the game. Derby County did the same thing but we didn’t manage to get the shots off. The more shots that we take from long distance then the more they have to come out. We have to have different ways of attacking.”