Alan Kernaghan reflects on Stevenage win
Brentford Assistant Manager Alan Kernaghan side the npower League One game against Stevenage went exactly as The Bees wanted it to.
Brentford picked up three points with a 2-0 win as Tom Adeyemi scored at the end of the first half and substitute Marcello Trotta sealed it late on.
Alan, speaking after the match, said Brentford limited Stevenage’s chances and created plenty of their own.
The Bees picked up their first win in four npower League One games and Alan said the squad wanted to start another unbeaten run like the 13 league game one which was ended by leaders Tranmere Rovers last month.
“We are back on the winning road,” said Alan.
“We enjoyed a good run and now we are back to winning ways.
“We have to try and do the same from now until the end of the season.
“Can we go unbeaten, in the league, especially?
“If we can do that, we will be where we want to be.
“We knew Stevenage would be hard working and play on the counter-attack.
“In general, our game plan worked quite well.
“We limited them to three or four chances at the most.
“We had seven or eight ourselves.
“The game went how we wanted and the result proved that.”
Stevenage only had one shot on target all night but Brentford had to wait until the 44th minute to go in front.
Tom Adeyemi scored the goal when he picked up a half cleared corner, cut inside and smashed home.
The Bees dominated like they did in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bury but Alan said this time they defended their lead better.
“We had huffed and puffed through the game,” he said.
“We hadn’t hit our stride and played as well as we had done against Bury.
“Defensively we were more solid today, scored a goal at the right time and came in at half time in a confident mood with something to hold on to.
“Goals change games.
“We didn’t need to change an awful lot and it was proved right.
“Their substitutes gave them a little lift but apart from that we were in control.”
Brentford twice lost a lead as they drew at home with Bury but this time Stevenage did not come back.
Marcello Trotta sealed the win by curling home a second from the edge of the penalty area.
Alan said he and Manager Uwe Rösler had spoken to the squad about continuing to press forward once they were ahead.
“We spoke to the players about not being frightened of winning,” said Alan.
“It may sound stupid but we have to keep pushing on.
“Everyone from the owner down wants to see us so that.
“It’s a state of mind to be on the front and keep doing what we had been doing.
“We got the goal and wanted to play in their half and on the front foot.
“Bar that five minutes after the subs, we did that.”
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