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Saïd Benrahma on form, fitness, and finding the net

"I think that I have integrated well”

11 December 2018

Saïd Benrahma admitted that the joy of scoring his first goal in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend was tempered by the fact The Bees left Griffin Park empty handed at full-time. The winger planted a superb free-kick into the top corner to make the score 3-2 against Swansea City on Saturday but the Welsh side hung on to take the points.

Speaking to at Jersey Road on Monday, Saïd said: “It was my first goal in the league but after the game I wasn’t that happy. We had a lot to do after the beginning of the match; we reacted well but we didn’t win. It was nice to score but we didn’t get the three points so I’m not happy with that.”

The winger has been eased back into action in recent weeks following an ankle injury picked late on during the derby defeat against Queens Park Rangers a month ago. After appearing as a late substitute against West Bromwich Albion, Saturday’s start against The Swans was Saïd’s first in four games.

“At the moment I feel good,” Saïd reflected. “I was injured for a few weeks, but I have come back well from that. I worked hard to get back. For the first two or three days after I did it, I didn’t sleep. It was a difficult injury because I wanted to keep playing. However, I stayed patient and worked hard with the medical staff who helped me. The first few months I was in an adapting mode. I am learning about the Championship and about how to play in the league. I am happy, and I think that I have integrated well.”

Saïd has returned to a Brentford team which has tasted victory just once under new Head Coach Thomas Frank and currently sits in the lower reaches of the Sky Bet Championship table. The 23-year-old admitted that while confidence within the group isn’t the best at the moment the determination to turn things around is something which is not in short supply.

“It is difficult currently, but this is the time to stay together and show that we are a team,” said Saïd. “We have very good players and we are working hard. We are maybe low on confidence because we haven’t won in a few games but that will return. We are heading into a month where there are lots of points to play for. These have been difficult months and we are not happy with the results. We are going to work hard and hopefully we can start picking up wins, starting on Saturday."

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