Neal Maupay admitted it was an unbelievable feeling to net the 94th minute leveller which saw Brentford take a point from their derby trip to Fulham on Saturday. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s fine second-half strike looked to have settled a competitive derby in the home side’s favour but Neal popped up with seconds remaining to nod home in front of the travelling fans.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Neal said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling for me, for the fans, and for the club. I think we deserved to score at the end of the game. It was a really good game and what an atmosphere. The celebrations were crazy. I celebrated earlier in the season at QPR but it wasn’t the same because I wasn’t in front of the fans. Today the fans were here. They gave us massive support and it was a great day.”
The point extends The Bees unbeaten run to six in the league and keeps the gap to the top six at four points heading into the final three games of the season. Having had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside and strong shouts for a penalty turned down, Neal felt a point was no less than what the team deserved.
“I think so,” replied Neal when asked if his side deserved something from the game. “Fulham are a really good team but we played well. We did what the gaffer asked us to do. It was a good game for both teams and I think the draw is deserved today. We are in very good shape at the moment. We had won three games in a row and now this draw. We believe that we can make the Play-Offs. We will fight until the end of the season and see what happens.”
Saturday’s goal was Neal’s 13th of the season and seventh from the substitutes bench this campaign. The 21-year-old is no fan of the super sub tag that some have tried to give him in recent weeks but said he understands the decisions which Dean makes when it comes to team selection.
“I know that the gaffer knows my qualities,” said Neal. “Sometimes when you play a lot of games you have to change a few players. That is what he did today; I came off the bench and scored. Of course, I would have liked to start the game but it doesn’t matter. I scored today so I am happy as well. I am in good form at the moment. I have to keep going until the end and see if we can make the Play-Offs.”
After Saturday’s incredible late drama, we have another 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.