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27 August 2014

Jake Bidwell reflects on Brentford's Capital One Cup loss to Fulham

Jake Bidwell said it was an honour to captain Brentford against Fulham but the result took a little of the gloss off.

The left back was named as skipper when The Bees faced their West London rivals in a Capital One Cup tie last night.

Fulham won the match 1-0 with Ross McCormack scoring the only goal midway through the second half.

Jake said he learned he would be captain three hours before the match and was delighted to be selected.

He said everyone knew how much the match meant to the Brentford supporters and it was a shame The Bees could not progress.

“The gaffer told me at the pre-match meal I would be captain, about three hours before kick-off,” said Jake, speaking after the match.

“It was an honour to captain the Club and I am delighted but it was a shame about the result.

“Going in to the game we knew how much it meant to everyone.

“You only need to talk to Kevin O’Connor or Peter Gilham, people who have been about the Club for years, to know what the fixture means.

“It was an honour to captain the Club in a derby.

“It was unfortunate we couldn’t get the result.”

Jake said a few players that were carrying injuries were rested but Brentford had prepared well.

Fulham started with a narrow diamond against Brentford’s 4-1-4-1 and Jake said the visitors were forced to change because of how well Brentford exposed them in the first half.

Jake said Brentford didn’t score when they had the upper hand and were caught on the counter-attack.

“We knew the team yesterday and we prepared with it,” he said.

“We did change it up, a couple of lads carrying knocks missed out.

“Although it was a derby, the league is the priority.

“We noticed in the first half that they were narrow and exploited it well.

“They changed it in the second half because we caused them problems.

“We couldn’t get the goal when we were on top and they caught us on the counter.

“I thought we played OK but lacked a little bit of quality in the final third to get the goal.

“When you play teams like this, with that quality, you have to score when you are on top.

“We didn’t do that and we were punished.”

Brentford have picked up five points in their first four Sky Bet Championship fixtures since promotion.

Jake said he was enjoying the season so far.

“My first role is a left back, I have to defend,” he said.

“But I want to get forward and create goals.

“That is the way we want to play.

“I’m enjoying the season so far.

“It would have been nice to have a few more points on the board but it has not been a bad start overall.”

Jake added: “It has been noticeable that we come up against smarter players.

“You have to expect that moving up the levels.

“It has been a tough challenge the first few weeks of the season but overall we have handled it well.

“It has not been a bad start.

“We have played some quality sides and have not been played off the park.

“We probably deserve a couple more points.

“We have shown we belong in this league and it is up to us to turn a few more draws in to wins.”

Brentford’s next match is against Rotherham United on Saturday.

“The beauty of the Football League is that games come thick and fast,” said Jake.

“It is disappointing to lose tonight, especially to a rival but we have another game to look forward to on Saturday.

“I have never had to deal with international breaks but this is a higher demand physically and mentally.

“We have a big game Saturday and we can then use the break wisely.”

A full post-match interview with Jake Bidwell is available here for Bees Player subscribers.

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