Brentford striker Neal Maupay is keen to dispel his Super Sub tag after netting his 11th goal of the season during Monday’s 1-0 victory at Bristol City. The 21-year-old struck from the bench, the sixth time he has done so in the Championship this season, to wrap up the Bank Holiday points at Ashton Gate. Despite seeing success as a substitute, Neal admits he would much rather be starting games as he looks to improve his goals tally.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford after Monday's game, Neal said: “I am pretty happy with my goals but I am always thinking that I can do more. I have scored ten league goals this season and hopefully there are a few more to come. I feel I am in a good position but there are a lot of things that I can improve. I don’t want to be a super sub. Sometimes when you come on the other team is tired and you have a lot of space; that’s what happened today as they were very open. In the first-half they weren’t open like that so it was harder for the strikers. They did a great job but I am not a sub; I want to start every game. We have a lot of games so the gaffer has to make changes sometimes. Even though I played well in the last couple of home games, I didn’t score, so sometimes you have to get back on the bench to refresh your legs and your mind. I did well when I came on, so hopefully I will start the next game.”
Neal’s 80th minute strike earned The Bees a thoroughly deserved three points on Monday from a game they totally dominated. Dean Smith’s side had 27 shots to The Robins' two with Neal, in particular, unfortunate not to add to his match tally. The French striker felt it was a deserved win but acknowledged that the score-line could have been much more comfortable.
“We deserved to win,” said Neal. “In the first-half we were pretty good but in the second-half we played really well. We should have scored three or four goals but one was enough to win so we are happy. Nico Yennaris gave me the ball in space and I was one on one with the defender. I tried to pass him and then shoot; the ball went through his legs. It was a great goal for the team and for me. After that the keeper made a great save. With the header I was thinking that it would go in but the defender came from nowhere and saved the ball. However, 1-0 is enough for us today. It is very good to come away and see so many Brentford fans here. To score in front of them and celebrate with them and my teammates is a really good feeling.”
Monday’s win cut the gap to the Play-Off places down to just five points with six games to go, having been eight points adrift at the start of the weekend. Neal said the team can’t worry about other teams, they just have to focus on each game as it comes and see what happens.
“We know that if we still want to make the Play-Offs we have to win every game,” admitted Neal. “We won on Monday and there are now six more games to go. We can’t worry about how many points we are behind the Play-Offs we just have to compete and try and win every game. Then we will see at the end of the season which position we finish in. At the moment we just have to win.”
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