Birmingham Result Was Fully Deserved
Goalkeeper Dan Bentley has said he felt the six of Brentford's scoreline in the victory over Birmingham City in midweek was fully deserved and wasn't flattering on the side.
Hosting Steve Cotterill's side at Griffin Park for the Championship action on Tuesday evening a brace from Ollie Watkins, further strikes from Florian Jozefzoon and Neal Maupay, and a credited own goal (or a brace for Maupay when the Dubious Goals Commission make a decision) gave us a very comfortable five nil result at the full time whistle.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his own post game interviews, Bentley was obviously pleased with the result and the clean sheet, but he didn't feel the scoreline in any way flattered us.
'I think so. On reflection I think we dominated the game with the ball. I think we were excellent off the ball as well. From start to finish, from back to front, I thought we were excellent. I think every player can come away from the game with their head held high, knowing that they've put in a real good shift. Defensively we were good, going forward we were good, the midfield kept the ball. Every time we were out of possession, we competed to get the ball back high up the pitch. I think we've done everything that was asked of us this evening.'
With a two goal advantage at the half time break, Bentley revealed the message was simple - stay in control and make life easy on ourselves.
'We were disappointed with the second half away at Sunderland at the weekend. The message was to continue what we did in the first half, which is what we could have done better away at Sunderland. The message was for more of the same really, not to take our foot off the gas and just be ruthless. I think you can say we were ruthless in that second half because we didn't give them an inch. Yes, they've had a chance but I don't think they were really causing us many problems. I thought we were dominant the whole game.'
With the headlines being created by the margin of victory, the former Southend United stopper reflected on his own performance on the day.
'From my point of view, we do a lot of build-up work. From goal-kicks, from passes back, we want to play football from the back and keep the ball on the floor. When possible, we want to keep the ball and make sure that we are playing through teams rather than trying to compete for second balls all the time. We want to keep the ball, we want to build up and that's something that I've worked really hard on since I first came here.'
'I felt really comfortable tonight, I felt really confident on the ball. In the main, I think my distribution was good. I had a couple of saves to make, which are nice to be involved in because that's my job. There were a couple of blocks, John Egan in particular made an unbelievable block from a ball that bounced to them on the edge of the box. We're really chuffed.'
With Brentford now within touching distance of the Play Off spots, our goalkeeper was confident we could kick on now and get ourselves a mini season extension.
'We have aspirations to get to the play-offs by the end of the season. We're happy to be behind the pack and be overlooked. If people want to overlook us, that's fine, that suits us. We don't care about the media attention or anything like that, that's not what we are here to do. We are here to do a job, we're here to go quietly about our work and make sure that we continue to strive towards the play-offs and stay there.'
Next up is a trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United, and looking forward towards that tie at the weekend, Bentley ended by saying.
'I think every game is a tough test, tonight was a tough test. You could say that the result suggests otherwise but I think they've still got a lot of quality in their team. It's obviously not quite happening for them at the moment, it hasn't done this season perhaps. I think we can go anywhere and get a result, every game is going to be a difficult game, we've got 13 left to go and they're all going to be tough. I don't think there's an easy game in the Championship.'
He went on to add.
'We'll be going in full of confidence after the last two displays and we'll be aiming for more of the same. We need to make sure we're focussed and we don't get complacent.'