Romaine Sawyers feels that his Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month nomination was as much a nomination for the team as it was for him. The 26-year-old midfielder made the four-man shortlist after scoring twice and contributing three assists during the month of December. Although he was beaten to the prize by Derby County’s Scott Carson, Romaine admitted it was still nice to get personal recognition for his form.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford on Thursday, Romaine said: “As a team, we had a strong month in December and this is just a good representation for the whole team’s performance. I was just the poster boy for it which is good personal recognition. It all stems from the team’s performances. I’ve never been afraid to say that I am as good as the team around me. When the team’s playing well, and I’m maybe not, then they can carry me but if I’m playing well and they are playing well then it will all come together. It is more important that the team is playing well than one player is playing well.”
The St Kitts and Nevis international has taken a while to completely win over the fans at Griffin Park but a string of impressive displays this season have taken his game to a new level in the second tier. As a flair player in The Bees midfield, Romaine recognises that not everything he does will come off. However, he knows that he has the backing of Head Coach Dean Smith, and the rest of his teammates, to keep trying to play those killer passes.
“I am quite a confident person and I believe in my ability,” said Romaine. “I believe in what I can bring to the team and I have teammates that encourage me. Some things are high risk but, if it does come off, it is high reward at the same time. I try and balance the two but I will never be afraid to try to play football the right way. The team feels the same and you have to have the belief to do that. Dean gives us the platform and the foundation but it is up to us to implement our philosophy. With the gaffer and the coaching staff everyone at the club wants to do it the right way. Everyone has the same blueprint.”
Wanderers provided Brentford with their first three point haul this season when goals from Yoann Barbet, Nico Yennaris, and Ollie Warkins settled matters in the North West in September. Since then The Bees have been beaten just three times in 19 Sky Bet Championship outings and are unbeaten in their last 12 home league games. That form has seen them move menacingly into the Play-Off picture and Romaine sees no reason why they can’t continue their upward momentum.
“We can definitely make the top six,” said Romaine. “Dean said before training that we are only six points off the play-offs and ten off second. That is massively achievable. We’ve had ups and downs in the first-half of the season. If we can take confidence and build from that then we won’t be far off second and will be in and around the top six. It is about having that consistency for the rest of the season and having that belief that we can do it. We have a good group with lots of good players. There is a lot of competition in training: it is high tempo and competitive. That is all going to help everybody at the end of the season to achieve our goals.”
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