Rosler: Play-off final is not just another game for Brentford
Brentford manager Uwe Rosler does not want his players to treat tomorrow's play-off final against Yeovil Town as a normal game.
Brentford go to Wembley with one of the poorest play-off records in the football league, having lost out in six attempts, but boss Rosler was keen to stress his side can make it over the final hurdle.
He said: “It’s difficult to tell the players it’s a normal game and I don’t really believe the players should think it’s normal. From the start of the season until now they have overcome 67 hurdles, with 67 games, and there is one more to go.
“It’s not a normal game, you can’t hide; you live in the real world. I know my players are fearless, they are young, they can come through this.”
The German, 44, doesn’t think the big Wembey pitch will be a hinderance if his side play to their strengths. He said: “When we are brave and dare to play like Brentford can play, we can have an advantage but if we don’t get the ball down then the pitch can be tough.
“If we play with the tempo we did against Swindon, then we have a good chance. They are a very good team, they have the league’s top goal scorer, but we are also a good team and it’s the team effort that will win the game, and I also believe we have big game players that can be match winners.”
He also admits the break – 13 days between the play-off semi final second leg and the final – is tough to plan for, he said: “It’s a challenge for us: in April and May, over 36 days, we had 9 games and now we have two weeks off, so it’s a totally new situation.”
Brentford go into the fixture having lost twice in the league to Yeovil, although Rosler thinks this can help his players, he added: “I’m happy we lost twice, imagine we had won. There is always the danger when you have a squad who have not been to Wembley before that they can underestimate the opponents.
“And now we have lost both the games there us no one in our camp who will underestimate Yeovil.”
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