Brentford goalkeeper Dan Bentley has insisted the Bees still have plenty to play for for the rest of the season and described comments saying the club have 'nothing to play for' in the wake of the defeat to Wolves are ridiculous.
Some supporters have suggested that the performance against Wolves was a characteristic of a side with nothing to play for.
The west Londoners travel to Burton on Saturday and the Brewers are a side that are scrapping for points in their survival fight.
Bentley knows the Staffordshire side are in dire need of points but wholeheartedly rejects any suggestions that he and his Brentford team mates have nothing to play for.
He said: “One thing I despise in football to the bottom of my heart is the phrase 'nothing to play for'.
“It's an absolutely ridiculous comment for anybody to say that we've got nothing to play for.
“If someone said to me, you've got nothing to play for – to my core I can't stand it. I might sound like I'm going too far but I can't stand people saying you've got nothing to play for.
“You play for your families, the fans, each other, yourselves, pride, the management team, everybody.
“To say 'nothing to play for' regardless of whether you're promoted, relegated, scrapping for play offs or to survive – you've always got something to play for.
“That's a message that I'll portray to anybody. I don't like the 'nothing to play for' thing.
“I hear it all too often on social media that the boys have nothing to play for and going through the motions. That's as wrong as it could be. There's always something to play for.
“If there's nothing to play for, we'll give them three points. For me, if it's that we might as well pack it in now, I'll go off on my holidays and all the boys would be on sunbeds for the rest of the season – that's the equivalent to me.
“We've got a job to do and we're paid to do our jobs and we're paid to get as high as we can and until the last whistle of the season that's what we do and if anyone has anything different to say then we'll have a row.
“We want to finish above QPR and Fulham, but the latter may be a bridge too far. We'll accumulate as many points as possible and see where that takes us.”
Bentley knows that Brentford were well below their best against Wolves on Tuesday night and is determined to put things right for Saturday's game at the Pirelli Stadium.
He added: “We've analysed the game and gone through the good and bad bits – there were more bad than good bits unfortunately.
“We'll do our best to recover for Saturday. I think Wolves want it more than us and were sharper than we were and I can't put my finger on what went wrong but we've gone through the things that were good and bad.
“We'll be fully fit and rested and look to go into the international break on a high.”
Bentley was speaking at a Kits for Kids event sponsored by Wickes, official DIY partner of the EFL.
72 children's football clubs across England and Wales have been rewarded with new kit, thanks to a national competition by Wickes. Local teams have been given the ultimate reward, with sets of brand new kit from Mitre, together with over 1,000 EFL tickets to all Kit for Kids winners to watch their local EFL team play.