Liam O'Brien reflects on Development Squad draw with Brighton
Liam O’Brien described the 1-1 draw between Brentford’s Development Squad and their counterparts from Brighton and Hove Albion as “a proper test”.
The goalkeeper, who joined The Bees on a short term contract last month, played his first game for the club in the Professional Development League Two South draw.
Brentford went ahead through an Alfie Mawson header but were pegged back when Courtney Richards equalised from a disputed penalty.
Liam made some good saves to keep the home side out but Brentford probably had the better of the game.
Both sides could have won it but in the end it finished all square.
“I thought it was brilliant,” said Liam, speaking to Bees Player after the match.
“I think I did reasonably well.
“It was nice to make some saves.
“We played a game recently and lost 4-1 and I don’t think I had a chance with any of the goals, I didn’t make any other saves.
“This was a proper test.”
The highlight of the match involved the Brentford goalkeeper.
With the score level at 1-1 an hour in to the game Aaron Pierre sliced an attempted clearance from a corner when four yards from his net and it flew towards the Brentford net.
With fractions of a second to react, Liam tipped the ball over the bar.
“I thought it was in,” he admitted.
“I knew there was no striker on the front post and I have seen it many a time where the keeper doesn’t get a cross and it slices in.
“I thought I’d get across and I just put a hand up.
“It was more luck than anything else.
“I managed to put it over.
“We always work on deflections and putting things in front of the goal if the ball gets a touch.
“We worked on it yesterday and it was handy.
“That is what I am there for.”
Liam praised his defence and said he had little to do in the first half.
He said Brentford aimed to press the home side and stop them playing.
“I think we did well as a defence and as a team,” he said.
“Brighton like to play.
“In the first half I didn’t have a save to make, that shows how well we have defended.
“The whole team pressed and did well.
“We had a tactic of pressing high, make them make a decision.”
Brentford looked set to take a lead in to half time when referee Andrew Dine deemed Luke Norris had fouled Ben Barclay and awarded a penalty.
Liam said there was nothing he could do to save the spot kick.
“I haven’t seen the decision again,” he said.
“It was a great pen.
“If I went the right way I might not have saved it anyway.
“It is disappointing not to get my first clean sheet.
“Hopefully there will be more chances.”
The goalkeeper joined The Bees last month having previously been at Barnet.
He said he enjoyed working with Goalkeeper Coach Simon Royce and fellow stoppers Jack Bonham, David Button and Richard Lee.
He said he was doing all he could to make his stay at Brentford as long as possible.
“I love it here,” he said.
“The keepers get on well.
“I am so happy to be here.
“Everyone does their work to the best of their ability.
“If you get picked you play to the best of your ability, if not you still give it everything.
“Focus on training and games will come.
“Everyone gets on really well; it is brilliant to be involved.
“I am here to prove myself; if I do I will see what happens.
“I will do everything I can.”
Liam O’Brien’s full post-match video interview can be seen here by Bees Player subscribers.