David Button has challenged his team-mates to prove that the west London derby victory over Brentford wasn’t a one-off by discovering the kind of consistency that could sustain a genuine promotion push.
The former Brentford keeper, who was braced for a hostile reception at Griffin Park on Friday night, wants the Whites to build on their first pair of consecutive league wins since the start of the season and replicate the level of performances that have seen high-flying Huddersfield and his old club put the sword in convincing displays. Button insists that nobody is getting carried away, however, and the players are guarding against a drop-off in form after the international break.
We started the season on fire but didn’t come back so great after the first international break, so we need to make sure we do this time. Consistency is vital in this league, and we now have back to back wins and clean sheets.
We can now go into this break, work hard and make sure we’re ready for another run. On paper we know we’re a quality side and a match for anyone in this league, it’s just a case of application and making sure we’re consistent in every game.
The results haven’t always reflected performances, as there’s been a lot of games in which we’ve created chances and just not been able to finish, then got sucker-punched up the other end. But our luck’s turning. Chris Martin is getting fitting fit and is a real handful, and we’re a little bit more of a settled side. Things have been coming together the last couple of games, but we’re not getting carried away and will try to keep improving.
We’ve got a lot of talented players, the bench is very good, and people not even getting in the squad who would be playing week in week out in any other Championship side, so competition very strong.
Button enjoyed the best possible return to Griffin Park – keeping a clean sheet as he was only a spectator for much of the first half, but the goalkeeper admitted he paid little attention to his central role in the pre-match build up.
I don’t really do social media and didn’t look at any articles, I was completely focused on the game. It was never going to be a warm welcome, but I was expecting worse and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Some fans even clapped me, which was a nice touch.
I’ve got no regrets over leaving, these things happen in football. Decisions were made, and I’m very happy with where I am now. As long as it doesn’t hamper Fulham’s chances, I would like to see them do well, but I’m fully focused on Fulham now, so what Brentford do doesn’t concern me.