Brentford’s match-winner Henrik Dalsgaard said the three points was all that mattered tonight as The Bees notched up a third straight 1-0 win after victory at Nottingham Forest. The only goal of the game arrived with ten minutes to play as the Danish defender stooped to nod home Josh McEachran’s in-swinging corner. Henrik admitted it wasn’t a vintage performance for the team but said the three points was all that mattered.
“It was a really hard game today,” Henrik admitted to iFollow Brentford. “It was maybe a little bit too open for our taste but three points is three points. We needed a bit of extra luck today and I am just happy to score my first goal today. We have been working on everything to do with set-pieces and we are really happy that it gave us the victory today. It was a great block from John Egan. The ball just arrived in my area and I had to head it in. I guess we are in better shape than the other teams because we just have that extra energy. In a game like today we should lead by one or two but that’s the Championship and why we love the game.”
The clean sheet was The Bees third in a row and 15th for the campaign as Dean Smith's side continue to keep pace with the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off contenders. Henrik feels this run of form is just rewards for the hard work that the group is putting in, on and off the pitch.
“The clean sheet is enough as long as you score one at the other end,” admitted Henrik. “It makes it a lot easier. Everyone is working really hard. You can see how much it means to people and that is the reason why we are still in the run for the Play-Offs. There is definite belief. We work so hard and just need that luck. We keep chasing it and the way that people work shows how much we want to do this.”
Tonight’s three points mean Brentford go into Saturday’s massive local derby against Fulham full of confidence. The Whites haven’t lost in their last 20 games and now sit second in the table. Up against the in-form side in the country, Henrik urged every Brentford fan that can to get to Craven Cottage on Saturday.
“We are still in the run for the Play-Offs,” said Henrik. “I don’t care how we win as long as we win. It is a big game on Saturday now and we need a lot of fans to come and see the game. It is a great deal for us and for the fans. There is so much at stake; we just need a win. We need everyone who can come to the stadium. We need every supporter we can get.”
Brentford head to Fulham for a Sky Bet Championship fixture on Saturday as they continue to hunt for a Play-Off place. Then we will be back at Griffin Park next week, when we face local rivals Queens Park Rangers in our penultimate home fixture this season. Tickets for our game against The R’s (Saturday 21 April) are available to previous ticket purchasers and selling fast so secure your place online here.