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Pontus: “Ivan is my inspiration”

Captain speaks in Mixed Zone after win over Southampton

11 May 2022

Brentford skipper Pontus Jansson hailed top scorer Ivan Toney as his “inspiration” after the pair combined for the opening goal against Southampton. Toney has 12 goals and five assists to his name in his first Premier League campaign. And Pontus, who netted his third of the season in the 3-0 win over the Saints was full of praise.

Pontus said: “I normally make a joke about it, but Ivan is my idol. What he does for this team is just unbelievable. I don't think people also understand how important to the team and how good he is. He’s an inspiration for me as captain and I can't praise him enough.”

Pontus, who steered home the opener from Ivan’s drilled cross, is pleased with his haul so far – but still hungry for more. He was talking in the Mixed Zone after Brentford's win on Saturday and outlined his desire for more goals.

“It’s nice to help the team but I should be scoring more. Last season in the Championship I was on zero and this time it’s three, but I don’t want to stop there,” said the 31-year-old former Sweden international.

He insists there will be no relaxing until the final game: “We’ve always said we want to finish as high as possible and we still want to do that, so we won’t let up even when we’re mathematically safe.”

He hailed the impact of Christian Eriksen as “unbelievable” but stressed that regardless of his decision “there will be a new player maybe coming in or a new player to take his role”, before adding “but of course we want him to stay”.

“He’s been a massive boost for us and he's a world class player. I've seen it from day one and the first training session, but whatever happens we will be prepared.”

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