Brentford attacker Romaine Sawyers wants to put smiles on faces at Griffin Park this Saturday when Queens Park Rangers visit for their West London derby. The 25-year-old scored the second when The Bees beat Rangers 2-0 at Loftus Road in October to register a first away win in this fixture since 1964. Now, with a chance to complete the double over Rangers for the first time since the mid-1960’s, Romaine said the players are fully aware of what that would mean for the fans.
“It was a good night for everyone associated with the club at Loftus Road,” said Romaine, speaking to Bees Player. “The response that you got from the fans showed how much it meant to them. Peter Gilham wanted to cry after the game. As a player, we know what three points can do but as a fan, to have the bragging rights over your local rivals, puts you in a good place. The more smiling faces that we can see come the end of the game then the better it will feel for everyone involved. We want to please the fans and we know this one will please them that little bit more. Subconsciously you might give it that extra push but in the environment we are in everyone prepares as if it was any other team.”
Romaine’s fine strike at Loftus Road was the first of his three goals in his debut season at Griffin Park. After a difficult start to life with The Bees, Romaine has been in superb form in recent weeks, turning in a number of outstanding performances. The St Kitts and Nevis international admitted that his debut season could have gone better but added that, no matter how well he does, he will always look to contribute more and push himself further.
“I don’t put pressure on myself as a goalscorer but I am in the team to make goals, score goals, and contribute,” said Romaine. “This season has had ups and downs and it is time for me to kick on and prove myself at this level. I will never think that I have proved myself until I have moved on with promotion or whatnot. I can always do better. I could score 40 goals next season and then score 42 the season after. There is always room for improvement but this has been a good foundation and good platform to step on again from.”
Romaine’s arrival in West London last summer followed closely on the heels of his former Walsall boss Dean Smith, who took over at Griffin Park in November 2015. Romaine praised Dean for helping him through a rocky spell when he first arrived and feels that having a familiar face really helped him to settle.
“This is the fourth season that Dean has managed me and I think that he brings the best out of me,” said Romaine. “We have a good relationship on and off the pitch and that makes it easier. Earlier on in the season I wasn’t having the best of times so having someone that knows you, trusts you, and supports you gives you that extra percentage more than having someone who doesn’t know you.”
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