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Nico: “We managed the game very well”

Stand-in skipper reflects on third win in three matches

1 January 2018

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Nico Yennaris said that he was pleased with Brentford’s game management following Saturday’s two-nil victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Lasse Vibe’s goal handed The Bees the advantage mid-way through the first half, and the home side restricted their visitors to just one shot on target prior to Florian Jozefzoon’s late strike which wrapped up the victory.

“I thought we started the game slowly - we were a bit sloppy on the ball - but we did manage the game very well today,” Nico told iFollow Brentford. “After we got the first goal there was a bit more belief about us. I thought we were very much in control in tough conditions.

“It’s been great to see out the past three games in the manner that we have. We can only build on this going forward – it’s a great confidence booster. We’ve conceded late goals in the past, but I think we’ve nipped that in the bud now. To keep a clean sheet today was a great morale boost.”

The stand-in skipper was full of praise for Vibe following the Dane’s sixth goal in five outings:

“It was a nice passing move and he’s done terrifically well to stay composed and finish it in the way that he did. Lasse’s been on fire recently; he’s come back from injury and hit the ground running. As long as he stays in this form we’ll be looking good.”

Nico stressed that he is happy to do a job wherever needed when asked about being deployed at right-back in recent weeks:

“You’ve got to do the best possible job for the team,” said the former Arsenal man. “The gaffer’s asked me to step in there and results have been positive; I’ll keep taking it one game at a time and try to put more of the same performances in.”

Having suffered just two defeats in 16 games, Nico insisted that Brentford head to table-topping Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday in high spirits:

“On our day, there’s not many teams that will compete with us. It’s lined up to be a good game there.”

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