Brentford skipper Pontus Jansson has vowed to eradicate all fancy, ball-playing tricks at the back in the Championship Play Off final.
The Swedish central defender admits his personal howler in the second leg of the Bees’ 3-2 aggregate semi-final win over Swansea stemmed from his younger days as a striker.
But Jansson, whose attempted back-flick clearance led to Swansea scoring and a tense final few minutes for the West Londoners, is adamant there will be no repeat at Wembley this week against Fulham.
The ex-Leeds and Malmo star, 29, declared: “It’s always tough when you do a mistake like that but we’re human beings and it happens to everyone.
“It’s always harder, though, when you’re captain and the leader of the team. My main thing is to lead by example, but it’s hard to lead anyone by example with a mistake like that one.
“The thing is I was striker until I was 20-years-old, so these stupid things are still my head. But I have to put them away and believe I will not do it again.
“I know what I did wrong and next time I know what to do - put the ball into the stands!”
Jansson, who joined the Bees from Leeds last summer, reckons it is vital Thomas Frank’s side follow the Yorkshireman into the top-flight in order keep their exciting squad together
The Premier League big boys are poised to pounce for the likes of Griffin Park hot-shot Ollie Watkins should Brentford fail to beat their neighbours in Tuesday's shoot-out for the English elite.
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Swedish international Jansson went on: “All 11 of our team could play in the Premier League and probably have really good seasons - and our front guys are fantastic.
“But we want to get there ourselves and then aim as high as possible – like Sheffield United have shown this season.”