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Josh Laurent looking to turn Oxford United defeat into a positive

18 August 2015

Development Squad midfielder identifies areas for improvement after first-team bow

Josh Laurent said he took a lot from his first-team debut in Brentford’s Capital One Cup defeat to Oxford United.

The 20-year-old midfielder was one of three youngsters to make their Brentford debuts in the defeat and feels that, despite the result, it was a good experience for him and one he can definitely learn from.

“I took a lot from the game,” said Josh, speaking to Bees Player. “To go 3-0 down in ten minutes was a good experience for me. We have to move on from it and take what we can from the game to turn it into a positive. There were loads of things in the first ten to fifteen minutes that I found I need to work on. I am grateful for that and I can pick up on them now.

“I can guarantee that if we got another chance now that wouldn’t happen again. Between us we know what to do and we know that we don’t want that to happen again. I want to get as much experience as I can in the first-team this season and get involved.”

Josh was speaking after returning to the Development Squad for their 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest in the Under-21 Professional Development League Two on Monday.

The Bees conceded a minute into the match and then a minute after Sam Saunders had levelled just after the hour.

Zain Westbrooke’s fine late strike ensured that The Bees left the East Midlands with a point which Josh would have been three but for some sloppy defending.

“I thought we were the much better side and dominated them,” said Josh. “We started off really sloppily and conceded in the first two minutes which did us no favours. We absolutely dominated them and if the first goal doesn’t go in then it would be a different game. You can’t panic if you concede that early and think that you have to get a goal straight away. You have to build up momentum, spend some time on the ball and then you can go to the final third and attack them.

“We were really on top of them and we deserved to get back in the game. I thought we were going to push on and get goals two and three. So to concede a sloppy goal with a bouncing ball in the box is hard to take.”

Josh played in the centre of The Bees defence in yesterday’s match and felt that his composure and ability on the ball was helpful to the team.

Having not played in defence often before Josh was thankful for the advice from the defenders around him and felt he acquitted himself well.

“I have only played at centre-back once or twice before but I am comfortable whenever I have played there,” said Josh. “The defensive players around me helped me out and as long as they talked to me I was fine. I was quite comfortable on the ball and it is just like playing in a deeper role really. I can’t remember losing the ball much coming out from the back so I think that helped the team.”

Bees Player subscribers can listen to the full interview with Josh below

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