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Luke: “It’s about keeping the ball out the net at all costs”

Man of the match reflects on end-of-season draw with Hull City

6 May 2018

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Luke Daniels spoke of the importance of his relationship with Daniel Bentley and Simon Royce following Brentford’s 1-1 draw with Hull City on the final day of the Sky Bet Championship season. The former Scunthorpe United man was at the centre of the action on his league debut, conceding a penalty midway through the second half before denying Harry Wilson from the resultant spot-kick.  

“If you give away a penalty the only thing you can do is try and keep it out the net,” Luke told iFollow Brentford. “You get a chance to redeem yourself and thankfully I was able to do that today. You don’t get to this stage playing in goal if you’re worried about personal safety! It’s about keeping the ball out of the back of the net at all costs and I’m more than willing to do that.”

The 30-year-old has had to bide his time this campaign with his last league start coming for Scunthorpe United in March 2017.

“I want to be playing on a Saturday,” admitted Luke. “Today is well over 12 months since my last league game so it’s a case of staying on it mentally and working hard during the week. I have conversations with the coaching staff all the time; I want to play football so I need to be ready and raring to go if Bents picks up an injury or a suspension.

“Bents, Roycey and myself get on well. I’d worked with Bents before I came here so my eyes were open to how he works. It’s a good group and we work so closely together; I said to Bents last week at the hotel that I’ve spent more time with him this season than I have my own Mrs! It’s important that we get on so well.”

Luke heaped the praise on The Bees faithful following the Club’s end-of-season lap of honour.

“The fans turn up in their numbers and they have done all season. It was great to see them turn up for a game which, in reality, didn’t have a lot riding on it. It would have been easy for them to stay away today but they’ve turned out in their numbers which is typical of the backing we’ve had all season. It’s a great Club to be part of.”

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