Influential Brentford midfielder Christian Nørgaard hailed the historic 4-1 rout of West London rivals Chelsea as a massive win, but insisted ‘there’s still work to do’. The Dane, who has now established himself in his international side’s midfield, was lost for words after the Bees’ first win at Stamford Bridge since 1939. It was also a landmark day for the midfield player, who made his 100th Brentford appearance in the win.
“It’s very hard to describe. Coming to Chelsea as a Brentford fan for the first time in the Premier League and winning 4-1 must feel unbelievable,” said the 28-year-old fast gaining a reputation as one of the best defensive midfielders in the top flight. “I'm sure our fans had a good night out and celebrated with a lot of beers. It's a massive win.”
But he sounded a note of caution in the interview with Premier League radio rights holder talkSPORT: “I’m not going to say we’ve survived in the Premier League already but this was certainly a big, big step towards that. We are all aware we still have a job to finish, but the belief in the squad is that we should aim as high as possible and that means more than just avoiding relegation.”
The modest former Fiorentina man admitted the atmosphere in the dressing room was “decent”, but not just because of the result and only the Blues second home defeat of the campaign.
“We're all very happy with the win but also the performance. To go to Stamford Bridge and win 4-1 I the way we did…. it's a feeling that's quite hard to describe,” he said.
Christian said the response to going behind straight after half time was one of the most pleasing aspects of the display: “The immediate response was so important. We showed big character there.
“We'd done it earlier in the season away at Newcastle when we conceded early and we struck back again straight after their goal. It’s a very important quality to have in a team that you can always fight back after you concede.”
The Brentford gameplan worked to perfection on the day, and Christian added: “We knew Chelsea would have the ball more than us but we were very comfortable in the low block. We had a really, really good defensive game, and then with four goals on top it was just magical, fantastic.”