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Breaking News ! Pontus Jansson wears his heart on his sleeve, revelling in every success and wallowing in every failure. That explains why at the end of Wednesday night’s nerve-wracking play-off semi-final win over Swansea City the Brentford captain disappeared straight down the tunnel while his team-mates celebrated. There were two reasons for that reaction or, as he tells football.london, why he “just needed two or three minutes” to gather his thoughts before returning to the pitch. Read More Related Articles Brentford say goodbye to Griffin Park but BMW and Thomas Frank keep Premier League dream alive The first was the mistake he made to allow Rhian Brewster pull the Welsh side to within a goal of bringing the tie to extra time, a “stupid” error that evidently affected him mentally. The second has been brewing a little longer. Fifteen months ago Jansson was part of the Leeds United squad that disintegrated against Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the play-off semi-final. The pain of that defeat, exacerbated by the manner in which he left Leeds a few weeks later, has endured. Boiling it down: to reach Wembley with the West London club means that little bit more. "It was a lot of emotions in the game, especially after I did my mistake,” he says of Wednesday's farewell to Griffin Park. “There were so many things going through my head. Especially as a captain. When you make a mistake you have to bounce it off and go out and lead by example again. "When I lead I want to do it by example and it is always tough to make a mistake and then scream again and lead others. I think I did it quite well but after the game I was so annoyed and irritated with myself. I just needed two or three minutes and after that I was happy and ready for the final. It was quite emotional." Now only Fulham on Tuesday evening stand in the way of Jansson and a vibrant Brentford team from joining the elite for the first time since 1947. While Brentford’s defensive record was only bettered by Leeds in the regular season, the headline grabbers have been the front three. Said Benrahma, Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbeumo have contributed 59 goals and 19 assists between them and the big Premier League vultures are circling. Brentford know that if they do not go up they may need to sell. What is it like to have such a potent, dazzling attack playing in front of you? “Fantastic, of course,” Jansson says but it is the collective defensive contribution that stands out for the Sweden international. “It’s enjoyable to play with all of them. But if you ask all of them, if we don’t defend as we do behind them then they will not have the freedom to play as they do. "That’s why it comes together.
. No one thinks about that, but that's really how it is. We defend together and attack together. That’s how it is.” “All of them three will play in big big clubs, hopefully with us in the Premier League. If not, in big big clubs in the world in the coming years. “Said, the things he can do with the ball you can’t dream about. It’s unbelievable and, like with Ollie, the way he works for the team is unbelievable. And of course he scores goals. “Fantastic player with the ball but how he works for the team sets the standard in every game. Bryan is probably going to be better than both of them in the future because he has such talent.” The forward-thinking mindset is shaped by Thomas Frank, the Danish head coach who has struck a fine balance between motivator and tactician. While Jansson learnt a lot from Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds, an admiration that still burns bright despite the coarse manner in which he was told that he no longer had a future in Yorkshire before being swiftly sold, there is a far closer bond with his current manager. Stylistically he can draw parallels between the two but Brentford are more willing to adapt than stick to a rigid philosophy - even if Frank was warned against Swansea that he was no longer permitted to bring out his tactics’ board during drink breaks.
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“One of the most positive coaches I ever worked with,” Jansson says of the 46-year-old. “He always tries to find a positive solution to everyone. Of course we have bad games but he always tries to find solutions for it, so it will be better next time. Always positive, always comes with a smile. “Of course he is very demanding, but in a really good way. And in my role as captain my relationship with Thomas is quite close - we talk a lot. About football but about other things like the squad. “A fantastic person but even football wise and tactically wise he is very, very good. His knowledge is good and big and he wants to learn, always interested to learn other things. I only have good things to say about him.”
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