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Meps: “The fans played a massive part”

Defender hails Bees faithful following late draw at Craven Cottage

14 April 2018

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Chris Mepham lauded the impact of the Brentford supporters following The Bees’ late draw at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Dean Smith’s men left it until the fourth minute of stoppage time to produce an equaliser, and Chris said that the backing from the away end was what spurred the players on during the final stages.

“The fans have been excellent ever since I broke into the First Team,” the young defender told iFollow Brentford. “They give you that extra motivation towards the end of a game. When you’re one-nil down heading into the last couple of minutes and see the fans behind the goal cheering you on it gives you that extra bit of belief and confidence. The fans played a massive part in us getting the point today.

“We deserved a draw from the game – we’d have been very disappointed to have come away with zero points because we created plenty of chances and restricted them to a few. Getting the goal late on gives the result a special meaning against a strong Fulham side. I was very pleased for Neal (Maupay) for coming on and making such an impact.”

Brentford could have got on the scoresheet earlier with Ollie Watkins’ sixth-minute strike wrongly disallowed for offside, but Chris was adamant that the lads had no time to feel aggrieved.

“In a lot of games this year big decisions have gone against us. We have to concentrate on ourselves as you’re never able to control the officials and their decision-making. We’ve got to keep creating chances and we did that today – luckily the last one paid off.”

With Queens Park Rangers up next, the Wales international said he was itching to step back out at Griffin Park.

“It’s going to be a very interesting game. They’re my boyhood team and I was on trial there when I was younger and got turned away, so there’s some extra edge to the game. I’m looking forward to playing them if selected, and hopefully getting the three points as there’ll be no better feeling. I’ll have some family coming down for that one – I imagine every man and his dog will want a ticket!”


After Saturday’s incredible late drama, we have another West London derby next weekend as we face Queens Park Rangers at Griffin Park. Tickets for our game against The R’s are available to previous ticket purchasers and selling fast so secure your place online here.

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