Saïd Benrahma feels the squad are in a really good place at the moment and thinks a lot of that is down to the leadership of Head Coach Thomas Frank. A 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday left The Bees third in the Sky Bet Championship, six points off the automatic promotion spots. That win was also a seventh straight in all competitions at home with the attacker really enjoying playing in front of the Griffin Park faithful.
“The fans push us and they help us,” Saïd told Brentfordfc.com after Saturday’s derby victory. “We are trying to do our best at the moment. We are really enjoying playing because this is our home. There’s a real confidence in the team too and that is thanks in a big way to Thomas. He is a good communicator and he gives us confidence. We are going along well because we have a coach who helps us a lot and gives us a lot of belief and confidence on the pitch.”
Saïd opened the scoring on Saturday, converting Mathias Jensen’s low cutback for his fifth of the campaign and second in as many games. With Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins also on target it meant all three of the much vaunted front-line were on target. Saïd feels there is a really good understanding between the three of them and is happy to be contributing.
“We get on really well and we complement each other physically, technically, and speed wise,” said Saïd. “We have been decisive and play for each other. We are lucky to be playing as we are right now. I just have to keep this form going. I have confidence from my coach which is incredible. He believes in me and I try to repay him on the pitch. Whether it is a goal or an assist, it is the same for me because it is helping the team and that is the most important.”
The win over QPR means that is in now five straight home wins over The Rs, a run never before achieved by a Brentford side. For Saïd it was a result that was never really in doubt.
“It was a really good match,” the 24-year-old reflected. “I am really happy as the three attackers, the BMW, all scored. We played a really good match. In a derby you just have to win and we did what we needed to win. The first-half was really good. We scored three goals but could have scored even more. In a derby the three points are what matters and we got them. Second-half they pushed us but didn’t really create that many big chances. They made it 3-1 but we still have chances for score too. We managed the game, stayed together and defended for each other.”