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"Once we get one then the momentum will carry us through”

Romaine Sawyers speaks to iFollow Brentford over the international break

3 September 2017

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Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers wants to use the busy run of fixtures starting next Saturday to build up a head of steam after a slow start to the season. The Bees have taken just two points from the opening five games of the season but go into another run of seven games in three weeks starting with a trip to Aston Villa in a week’s time. Romaine feels that it’s only a matter of time before the team turn things around and start climbing the table.

“We can massively attack the next month,” Romaine told iFollow Brentford earlier this week. “If we can perform like we have been, and get that bit of luck in both boxes, then the results will start coming. Once we get one then the momentum will carry us through. We have games coming thick and fast so before you know it there’s a domino effect. Everyone is feeling good and is in a good place. Although we feel good because of our performances there’s still that grey area because of the results. Everyone can see what we are trying to do and believes in what we are doing.”

Dean Smith’s side have not enjoyed the rub of the green in the opening weeks of the season, dominating games but not turning that into points. The 25-year-old believes it’s important that the team stick to their attacking style of play and the results will follow.

“As a team we have performed well in all the games but we haven’t got the luck that we deserve,” said Romaine. “Teams have got quite lucky against us. The stats back that up and show that we have dominated games. As long as we keep performing with the DNA and philosophy of the club then it will turn around. Mentally that can be difficult as you see and hear about winning ugly. You are tempted to switch to that but the players and coaches that we have want to play the ball on the ground. Everyone wants to play football the right way and, knowing ourselves as footballers, we know how we want to play football.”

The attacking midfielder made his 50th appearance in the red and white of Brentford when the team beat Queens Park Rangers 4-1 in their Carabao Cup Second Round tie last month. After what he admits was a slow start to life at Griffin Park, Romaine feels he is now starting to consistently perform at the level he wants to.

“It’s been enjoyable and a massive learning curve,” reflected Romaine. “I had a slow start but I have found my feet now and really grown into the role. I’ve always had a supportive base from the team and the staff and it has always been enjoyable. Consistency was the big thing for me. Last season there were patches throughout the season but I felt I got more consistent towards the end of the season. I went away, thought about it, and feel that I have been consistent.”

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