Bryan Mbeumo feels the team need to turn the good 45 minutes that they’ve been having in recent games into a full 90 minute performance to take something from Wednesday’s trip to Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich City. The French winger was speaking after his goal and two assists helped the side to wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City at the Brentford Community Stadium last week.
“They were two good team performances, even if we had some bits of both where we could have played better,” Bryan said at Jersey Road earlier on Monday. “It was also nice to contribute with a goal and a couple of assists. Saturday was a really good second-half performance after a quiet first-half. It was a performance which allowed us to turn the game around and pick up a really good three points. On Wednesday against Norwich City we need to put in two good halves and have 100 per cent concentration if we want to win. It is a game that I am looking forward to playing in because they are the best team in the league. It is a challenge that we want to rise to.”
Those consecutive wins saw The Bees bounce back strongly from three straight league defeats at the hands of Barnsley, Queens Park Rangers, and Coventry City. Bryan revealed that there was never any panic within the dressing room during that run but rather a belief that the team would get back on track.
“It could have been a difficult moment as we had linked together 21 games unbeaten and then lost three in a row,” said Bryan. “The morale in the dressing room didn’t change though. There was still that togetherness and we remained welded together. That was what helped us get our head back up quickly and react well. It was important that we stayed cool and worked on what we could to get back to winning ways. We have a very good group and that is one of our strengths.”
Saturday’s assist for Ivan Toney’s winner was Bryan’s ninth of the campaign to go with four goals. The 21-year-old admitted it hasn’t been the most consistent season for him, not helped by the Covid-19 restrictions imposed on travel, but feels he is in a good place now to help the team through this final quarter of the campaign.
“My season has had some highs and lows, but I feel like I am gaining more and more confidence and I am ready to give my all in these final games of the season,” revealed Bryan. “This season has been difficult because I haven’t been able to do many of the things that I enjoy, like going home to see family. However, it has been the same for everyone. I’ve tried to stay strong mentally and keep my head up throughout it all.”