SHARPSHOOTER Ivan Toney insisted play-off favourites Brentford would be keeping their “winning mentality” heading into the end-of-season finale – with Cherries first on their hitlist.

The former Peterborough striker has taken the division by storm this season, breaking Glenn Murray’s Championship goalscoring record with his 31st of the campaign in Brentford's 3-1 win against Bristol City on Saturday.

That victory meant Thomas Frank’s Bees are set to go into their play-off semi-final first leg against Cherries on Monday, having won four games on the spin.

Asked whether that put the group in a good place heading into the play-offs, 25-year-old Toney told the Bees website: “Psychologically, I feel like it’s key to be winning games but at this time of the season, it’s going to be important.

“I think it gives us a slight upper hand in a way, but listen, whoever turns up on the day will have a better chance of winning.”

He added: “Everyone is going to want it. We have Bournemouth now, so we are going to go with the same winning mentality over the two legs.

“Hopefully we can get the job done but we are going to take it a game as a time and hopefully it will see us through to the final.”

Toney finished three goals ahead of Blackburn’s Adam Armstrong in the race for the Championship Golden Boot. Teemu Pukki was third with 26 strikes.

Asked whether he marvelled as his most recent campaign, former Newcastle man Toney replied: “I do but me, how I am as a person, I always think I could do better.

“There’s chances I kick myself for still – even though I have broken the record.

“I am still here thinking ‘I could have scored that one, it could have been 32, 33, 34’. As a striker you’ve got to be greedy in a way but it’s a great achievement.

“I could not have done it without my team-mates and the staff.”