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Raya reacts to last-minute winner

Goalkeeper speaks after win at Watford

19 April 2022

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya has played down the role his return to fitness has played in the side’s incredible run of form. The Spanish international missed three months of the campaign through injury but has been a key figure in helping the side pick up 16 points from the last 10 games. He spoke to the media after Brentford scored a last-minute winner at Watford to make it three victories in a row on Saturday.

“When the keeper comes out of the side it’s a big miss no matter how well you play, so the results aren’t just because I came back in,” insisted the 26-year-old. “We were playing well but results just weren’t quite going way. It was that phase of the season where you have bad spells and you have to keep working and keep doing your thing to get results and luckily, they came after I came back into the team.”

The former Blackburn man, establishing himself as one of the best ball-playing keepers in this top flight, insisted there was never any panic during the mid-season blip.

“We were always very calm because there was a strong belief in the dressing room and that's the philosophy of the club and the team. We don't look back, we always look forward to the next training session or game,” he said, speaking to the written media after the win on Saturday. “We take one game at a time. Like the gaffer always says, we enjoy the win or think about a draw or defeat for 24 hours and then get ready to work again.”

David, who ran the length of the pitch to join in the celebrations after Pontus Jansson’s late winner at Watford, insisted the side always believe they can take maximum points. The Bees will be looking to make it four wins in a row when they face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in their next match.

He said: “We always fight to the end because that’s the character of this squad. That's how we play because you don't know when the chance is going to come. We always go until the last minute with one aim – to get the three points. We know if we do that we have a good chance of getting our rewards. So we just work hard and our approach is always the same no matter who we're playing against.”

David, who earned his first full cap for Spain in a 2-1 friendly win over Albania in March, said there would be no easing off after reaching the 39-point mark: “No, no. We want to win every game.”

He added: “Spurs are going to come out flying because they are fighting for a Champions League place. They’re a very good team but we are at home and we're going to try get the three points. It should be a really good game.”

The Saturday tea-time fixture will mark Christian Eriksen’s first game against his former club, and David believes he will relish the occasion. “It will be a big game for him but he’s a hell of a player and a hell of a person, so he will enjoy it. The measure of him is that before that free kick at Watford he wanted to play to the last minute and we wanted the three points and not to settle for a draw. All of us want to win every single game. That’s just how we play.”

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