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Ethan: “We’re coming out of our shells”

Defender speaks in Mixed Zone after West Ham win

13 April 2022

Brentford’s in-form players are “coming out of their shells and showing what they can do” with the confidence of four wins in five games, according to Ethan Pinnock. But it has been the performances during that 12-point haul and the reaction after the 4-1 win at Chelsea that have pleased the Jamaican international centre back the most. Ethan spoke in the Mixed Zone after Brentford beat West Ham United 2-0 on Sunday, 10 April, following up the win at Chelsea and recent victories over Norwich City and Burnley.

Ethan said: “Obviously it was a great result at Stamford Bridge, but we didn't let it go to our heads and worked really hard the whole week in training because those kind of performances are what we're aspiring to. Thankfully we were able to repeat the previous level of performance.”

Ethan, who gave the Hammers’ Michail Antonio little more than a sniff all afternoon, said it was important to send a message that the Chelsea win was not just a flash in the pan.

“We were proud of that performance but it was important to build on it because we're always trying to focus on what’s in front rather than behind us,” he said. “It's still really tight at the minute so if we can string a couple more results together then hopefully we can keep rising up the table because it’s a good philosophy to look forward rather than backwards.”

Ethan insisted the current form was always bubbling under with the side just needing a few “final touches” to go their way to emerge from the mid-season blip.

He said: “As an all-round performance West Ham was probably one of our best on and off the ball. We were really sharp, the communication was there and everyone was ready and I think the result showed that against a really good team. We’ve got some really good players and in football confidence is a big factor. You’re seeing it in the last four or five performances that the players are really coming out of their shells and showing what they can do.”

The Jamaican international is equally proud of his team-mates’ reaction to the spell of six or seven tough games where things didn’t quite go their way: “We started the season well but in the Premier League there's always going to be spells which are difficult.

“There were six or seven games where we struggled to get positive results but we never once let our heads drop. Even then we worked really hard and were always in games, but it was just about getting those final touches. Thankfully in the last few games we’ve been able to convert them.”

Ethan also paid tribute to experienced centre back partner Zanka who stepped into the side seamlessly after a five month lay-off with injury to replace the unwell Pontus Jansson: “Pontus is our skipper and a massive character so they are big boots to fill. But in training Zanka has been working really hard and all the boys that aren’t starting regularly know that at any point they could be called up, so it's a credit to Zanka that he showed what a good player he is and was ready to step in.”

And the big defender insisted the squad will take the confident but humble mindset into Saturday’s local derby with Watford: “That’s going to be another tough game, but having a small cushion will give us that little bit of assurance so we're able to not be too tense and relax and play our game.”

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