Midfielder Romaine Sawyers has called on he and his teammates to put in a performance full of belief as local rivals Queens Park Rangers head to Griffin Park on Saturday. The Bees are unbeaten in six in the league, a run which has seen them close the gap on the Play-Off places to just four points with three games left to play. With Ian Holloway’s QPR looking to spoil The Bees Play-Off run, and take the bragging rights, Romaine admits there’s a lot riding on tomorrow’s clash.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford ahead of the game, Romaine said: “Since I have been here [this derby] has been good to us. This season we have had it over them performance-wise. Going into the game we have to be confident. First and foremost, it is about the performance. We know what we can do; we have to go out there and show that we can do it. If we have the belief, and we perform like that belief, then nine out of ten times we will come good. We know there are extra brownie points from the fans because it is a local derby but it is a game that we need to win because of the situation that we are in. We have the derby aspect and the fact that we are trying to get into the Play-Offs while they want to stop us doing that.”
The Bees six game unbeaten run included a hat-trick of 1-0 wins in succession over Bristol City, Ipswich Town, and Nottingham Forest, all of which came thanks to a late goal. While he admits those sort of wins aren’t what you would associate The Bees with, Romaine believes the fact they are winning games like this can only be a positive.
“We have tried over and over to keep working on our game plan, no matter who is playing,” said Romaine. “Everyone is doing things in the right direction and the results are starting to show that. If we win all three games we will be very, very unlucky not to be in there. A lot of teams around us play each other so draws would be good for us as would teams dropping points. It works in our favour but we have got to do what we have got to do. We have to take each game as a cup final and go from there. You wouldn’t necessarily associate us with 1-0 victories but we have done that the right way. We have kept our philosophy going forward and showed resilience defensively.”
The 26-year-old has been a standout performer for Dean Smith’s side, with only seven players setting up more chances for teammates in the whole second tier so far this term. Romaine’s languid playing style may appear to some to mean a lack of effort or passion but The Bees’ man believes that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“I have a belief in my playing style,” admitted Romaine. “My teammates and the coaching staff have got belief in it and they never try to curb it. When I was younger I used to get told I needed to be quicker on the ball and a bit more hurried but the environment that I am in now is always about doing what I am good at. It’s about bringing what you can to the team and everyone has their piece of the jigsaw. The relationship with the gaffer is a big thing for me. Some people may say that I am too relaxed or don’t care sometimes because my body language is languid. If you speak to people that know me it is the complete opposite. I’ve been a bit grumpy on the pitch lately because I don’t want to lose games. The position that we are in is a good position and nobody wants to be at fault for us not getting there.”
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