Brentford defender Henrik Dalsgaard feels the Play-Offs are still achievable but only if The Bees can re-find the level which saw them lose just twice in 18 league games earlier this campaign.
Dean Smith’s side head to second-from-bottom Sunderland tomorrow in tenth, eight points outside the Play-Offs with 15 games to go. Having taken just a solitary point from their last three outings, Henrik is targeting Saturday as the launch pad for another good run of form.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford ahead of the match, Henrik said: “I expect what I want from everyone in the Sky Bet Championship which is a physical game. It is important that we focus on our game: that is the team that we are. If we get our game up and running then we are pretty much unbeatable but we need to find that level. The Play-Offs are still achievable because it seems like everyone is beating each other. If we can get a good run going then I am sure that we can make it as it is really tight. We have to get that run going and hopefully it can start on Saturday.”
Tomorrow’s opponents Sunderland have endured a nightmare first season back in the Sky Bet Championship following relegation from the Premier League. Chris Coleman’s charges have won just five league games all season, with only two of those successes coming on home soil, as they sit in 23rd, three points from safety. Having witnessed such slim pickings at home this season, Henrik feels a fast start from The Bees could turn the home faithful on The Black Cats.
“This is a tough division and the teams try to do the best to destroy our game-plan,” admitted Henrik. “We need to stay calm on the ball and make sure that we run for each other. We need to stay calm when we are away from home and not let the crowd get to us. The crowd is expecting the home team to start well so if we can turn them against them that will help us. We still have to make sure that we work hard and take our chances as that’s been our struggle this season.”
The 28-year-old has made 19 appearances during his debut campaign in England, form which has seen him cement his place in Denmark’s plans for the upcoming World Cup. The right-back missed the two-legged Play-Off win over Ireland through injury, having played every minute of The Dane’s last four Group stage qualifiers. Even with a World Cup on the horizon, Henrik admits his only focus right now can be on Brentford.
“I need to play here for Brentford otherwise I won’t have a chance to go,” admitted Henrik, talking about his World Cup ambitions. “I have all my focus on Brentford and if I am good enough here then I am sure that I will go to the World Cup. I am the type of player who likes to tackle 100 per cent so if I have that in the back of my mind, I’ll get injured. I keep my focus on Brentford and the World cup will come after the season.”
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