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“We play together, fight for each other and celebrate together”

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya says special bond will be crucial in the run-in

16 March 2022

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya believes the unique bond between players and fans will go a long way to ensuring the highest possible finish for The Bees. Raya spoke to the written media after Brentford beat Burnley on Saturday, 12 March. The Bees won 2-0 thanks to a pair of late goals from Ivan Toney.

“As players we play together, we fight for each other and we celebrate together. That includes the fans because they have a massive part to play at this football club,” he said. “It's incredible to see the atmosphere which I know makes it difficult for away teams. Every time we play at home it’s so amazing to have that bond with the fans.”

The 26-year-old has kept five clean sheets in 15 Premier League appearances this season, but also credits his team-mates: “Clean sheets are massive for the whole team. It’s something we work on but it’s not just me. It’s from the strikers down to the midfielders, the defence and then me. For me and the back four it’s even more special.”

And David, quick off his line to thwart Maxwel Cornet at a critical stage in Saturday’s
2-0 win over Burnley, insists there’s still more to come from him after returning from a knee injury following a collision with Leicester’s Ayoze Perez.

“It takes time and I don't feel I'm 100% ready to say I'm back to my best," he said. "But it’s amazing to be out there again. Slowly I'm getting there and the minutes in the team are very important and will make it easier for me to get back to my best."

And the Spanish stopper revealed he’d love to see Christian Eriksen commit to another season at Brentford: “Him being here is a boost for everybody. He’s a world class player even though I don’t think he’s back to his best yet.

“He has a long way to go and he’s getting back to his top level, but there's a lot more to come from him. He will help this football club massively and hopefully he can stay here for next year as well.”

David said consecutive wins over Norwich City and Burnley were “very important” but insisted there would be no underestimating the size of the task ahead: “We take it a game at a time, step by step and hopefully we can end as high as possible.”

But he stressed the win against a “tough, tough” Burnley side well versed in Premier League survival was a big lift for the squad, adding: “We had a tough spell over the last few months, so it was nice to get back to winning ways with back-to-back wins. It was so important but whether we’ve won or not we enjoy it or learn from it for 24 hours, stay calm, refocus and then look forward to the next game.”

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