Brentford goalkeeper David Raya insists his 100 per cent Premier League clean sheet record is all down to hard work, attitude and defensive solidity. The Bees have kept clean sheets against Arsenal and Crystal Palace so far, the second of which came on Saturday. The stopper was forced into a fingertip second half save to deny James McArthur, but was otherwise well protected by his defence.
Speaking to the written press after the game, he said: “Clean sheets mean the team is working hard and doing their job defensively so we're not giving away too many chances. We’re there to defend to make it hard for the opponent. Obviously we're happy to not concede that many chances, but we have to carry on doing that.”
Raya paid tribute to new signing Kristoffer Ajer, who was commanding as one of the three centre backs at Selhurst Park: “He brings solidity and is experienced for his age. He’s brilliant on the ball and is good defensively, so he's brought that to the team’s consistency that we had last year.”
Despite the unbeaten start to the campaign, Raya insists the squad will always continue to work hard for the next game: “The message from Thomas and the staff is always just telling us to be to be confident but humble. We work every week on what the staff want us to do into the next game and then we try to apply that work through the week. In the game it can go a different way, but the plan is there and you have to follow it.”
He added: “We have to be ourselves and be confident with ourselves but we don't look ahead. We focus on recovery and then the next game. That's our mentality and that's what we keep doing.”
The Spaniard was quick to stress the importance of the 2,700 travelling fans who got behind the team in South London.
“It was the first game at home for them and the place was rocking but our fans did the job as well, encouraged us to keep doing what we were doing and I think we gave a really good performance. A point away is always important,” he said. “The fans are massive. We play for them and they can make a difference, especially at a place like Palace in front of a full house. Our fans make the difference and give us that extra edge, that extra sprint for the players and that extra tackle that we can make.”