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John Egan: “Every game is a must-win”

Skipper reflects on Ipswich Town victory and looks ahead to the trip to Nottingham Forest

9 April 2018

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Speaking after Brentford’s one-goal victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday, John Egan said that “every game is a must-win” if Brentford are to stay in contention for the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs. The Bees sit five points adrift of sixth-placed Middlesbrough with five games of the season remaining.

“It was a massively important win (against Ipswich). It wasn’t one for the purists with two teams going at it toe-to-toe, but we’re pleased to have come away with three points.

“At this stage of the season it’s all about getting the wins. We fought very hard and defended well as a team – we kept their chances to a minimum and knew that we’d get one at the other end. We got that chance and took it. It was a very confident penalty from Neal (Maupay). He took the ball and stuck it away.”

The shutout against Ipswich took Brentford’s clean sheet tally to 14 for the season, a figure that John said he and his defensive colleagues should be satisfied with.

“As a defender, clean sheets are our bread and butter. We’ve bettered last year’s tally which is great because you always want to improve. We’ve looked very solid and haven’t conceded a lot of goals – we’ve got to keep that going.”

The skipper stressed that Brentford are in a good place ahead of the trip to the City Ground on Tuesday.

“Every game is a must-win. We’ve picked up two wins on the bounce which is very positive, but we’ve got to put this result to bed, get the bodies rested and go again on Tuesday. It’ll be the same approach at Nottingham Forest: we’ll go there and try and play our game. We know it’ll be tough but we’ll be prepared.”

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