Date: 16th February 2018 at 2:28pm
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Defender Henrik Dalsgaard has called on Brentford to be up for the battle against Sunderland this weekend and return to our almost unbeaten levels of performance.

Going into this weekend’s game with Sunderland second from bottom in the Championship table and Brentford sat eight points off the Play Off spots, Dalsgaard knew we would be in for a gritty kind of game against them as they fight for their lives, but he wanted the side to get back to our early season form where we lost just twice in 18 games as he knows if we can replicate that a promotion shot is well within our reach.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to preview the game, he explained that having only taken a point from our last three matches, Sunderland had to be the launch pad for real improvement so our season didn’t filter out.

‘I expect what I want from everyone in the Sky Bet Championship which is a physical game. It is important that we focus on our game: that is the team that we are. If we get our game up and running then we are pretty much unbeatable but we need to find that level. The Play-Offs are still achievable because it seems like everyone is beating each other. If we can get a good run going then I am sure that we can make it as it is really tight. We have to get that run going and hopefully it can start on Saturday.’

With Sunderland’s struggles well known this season following their previous relegation, Dalsgaard went on to say that we certainly couldn’t take them lightly as they would’ve taken a massive boost from coming from three goals behind against Bristol City in their previous game and they will want to build on that, so a fast start was key for him.

‘This is a tough division and the teams try to do the best to destroy our game-plan. We need to stay calm on the ball and make sure that we run for each other. We need to stay calm when we are away from home and not let the crowd get to us. The crowd is expecting the home team to start well so if we can turn them against them that will help us. We still have to make sure that we work hard and take our chances as that`s been our struggle this season.’

The 28 year old has made 19 appearances in his debut season with the club and he has cemented himself in the Denmark squad for the upcoming World Cup, so his focus is on maintaining that form to ensure he’s busy over the summer but to achieve that he knows his focus can only be on Brentford.

‘I need to play here for Brentford otherwise I won`t have a chance to go. I have all my focus on Brentford and if I am good enough here then I am sure that I will go to the World Cup. I am the type of player who likes to tackle 100 per cent so if I have that in the back of my mind, I`ll get injured. I keep my focus on Brentford and the World cup will come after the season.’

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