Brentford’s players will fight right to the end for a place in the top six according to winger Florian Jozefzoon. Ahead of Saturday’s trip to relegation-threatened Barnsley, The Bees are eighth in the Sky Bet Championship, three points outside the top six with two games to play. Despite needing to win both games, and get help from elsewhere, Florian said that he and his teammates will continue to believe and fight for as long as it is possible.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford ahead of Saturday’s game, Florian said: “Unfortunately, it is not in our hands but what we can do is win two games and see what happens. We believe in it and so we need to win. In the game, we don’t want to know what is happening elsewhere because the situation for us won’t be different. If they draw or lose, we just need to win. If you don’t have belief then you are not a sportsman. You have to believe that it is possible even if it is only a one per cent chance. I believe 100 per cent that there is a chance and everyone else in the dressing room has to believe. We have worked hard all season for these moments.”
The Bees head to South Yorkshire unbeaten in seven and having won four of the last five in the league. The recent form means The Bees have already bettered last season’s points tally regardless of what happens in the remaining two matches. Florian doesn’t believe that much has changed in recent weeks but admits that whatever the outcome this season, the club is in a strong place going forward.
“I don’t think there is a secret,” said Florian, speaking about the team’s recent form. “We have been lucky a couple of times, whereas at the beginning of the season we weren’t. We have played like this all season but maybe we are more stable as a team now. I don’t think there is a secret or a recipe for now. Right from the start of the season I have seen a good mix of boys together. It is not for me to say what the club is going to do with the players but if we stay like this then we are going to do well. We already have more points than last year which is an improvement, especially in a tough league where anybody can beat anybody.”
The winger too has come into form in recent weeks, netting the winner against Queens Park Rangers last time out and providing the assist for Neal Maupay’s dramatic equaliser against Fulham a week earlier. With seven goals and eight assists in 42 appearances this campaign, the 27-year-old has been happy with his game-time and contribution during his first full season in England.
“You don’t play because you are a nice guy and that goes for everybody in the squad,” said Florian. “I knew I would get a chance to prove it here and that’s why I chose Brentford. There were other teams who wanted me but they doubted my physicality. As a player you have to play weekly and then you will get better. Towards the end of the season, I am only getting better and better because I have games in my legs and I know the physicality of the competition.”
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