Pontus Jansen revealed the Brentford squad were “happy and satisfied” with the Norwich performance and points but insisted: “If we lose to Burnley it doesn’t mean a thing”. The Brentford skipper hailed the 3-1 win at Carrow Road as a reward for some good performances, but said the hard work ahead of Saturday’s clash with The Clarets was only just beginning. Pontus was talking to the written media after the win on Saturday.
“If we’d lost at Norwich the gap between us and the bottom three would be a totally different scenario so three points changes it a little bit. But if we lose against Burnley that feeling will come back again,” he said. “So we’ve breathed for a couple of days but we are training harder than ever now to give ourselves the best chance of a good result against Burnley. We need to carry on.”
The Swede, furious at missing out on a clean sheet in East Anglia, added: “Overall we were very happy and satisfied because we almost forgot the feeling of winning a football game. It’s probably the best feeling in the world.”
But as the ethos running through the club maintains, it’s performances that matter and he said: “They have not been as bad as the results, so that’s something we’ve talked through over the weeks. It’s hard mentally for your confidence if you lose, but we always had a tough run and then Newcastle where we got a red card after ten minutes. At Norwich we showed we will keep going and hopefully we can build on that.”
The squad has constantly looked at the many positives during the losing streak, with the emphasis constantly on analysis, working and training hard. And Pontus believes adversity has made the group stronger going into the Premier League run in: “It’s something new for almost all of us. I’d never lost more than one or two games in a row, especially with us being one of the top teams in the Championship where if we lost, we’d go out and win the next one.
“At this level it’s hard though because you face tough opponents. But we’ve learned massively from it so hopefully if we get a run of a few losses in future we’ve been there before and know how to overcome it.”
And he is confident the arrival of Christian Eriksen will give the management team more options to be flexible with formation changes before and during the final games.
“Christian is top class and to have him on the pitch gives us something,” said Pontus: “It was probably not the best performance in his life and he will grow from here, but it was just enough for us to have him on the pitch because that makes all of us grow.
“With David Raya back in goal and Josh Dasilva returning, we have a fit squad for the first time this season which is a massive boost. We’ve been unlucky with injuries. That’s not an excuse but it’s always going to be hard when you lose your best players.”
But he stressed the Eriksen effect can’t be underestimated: “Everyone likes and loves him – even the Norwich fans applauded him at corners – and it helps us to have him here. We are so happy that he can play football first of all, but he’s also such a nice guy and character. You could say he’s a superstar but he is also one of us and we’re so happy to have him here.”