Midfielder previews Friday’s local derby against Fulham
Josh McEachran has called on Brentford to carry the form from last week’s win over Queens Park Rangers into Friday’s second local derby of the week against Fulham. The Bees had too much for Rangers at Loftus Road last weekend, running out 2-0 winners, and now Josh is targeting a repeat performance against The Whites this time round.
Speaking to Bees Player ahead of the match at Griffin Park, Josh said: “I thought that everybody was outstanding on Friday night. From Daniel Bentley right through to Scott Hogan we all did exactly what the gaffer asked of us. The fans were amazing. We just need to take that into Friday. Everyone was buzzing after the game because we hadn’t been to Loftus Road and won in 50 years. We have put that behind us now and are just looking forward to Friday. Fulham are playing really well as they beat Huddersfield Town 5-0 so we know that it is going to be tough but I am looking forward to it.”
The Bees are unbeaten in four league games against Fulham, winning three and drawing one, since returning to the Sky Bet Championship three seasons ago. The Whites have struggled following relegation from the Premier League but appear to have turned a corner this season under Slavisa Jokanovic, sitting just a point behind Brentford in 11th. Josh is expecting a keenly fought game on Friday night and is looking forward to his first taste of a home West London derby.
“We are playing well and Fulham are playing well so it should be a good game,” said Josh. “If we win then we go into the top six so that gives us a bit of added incentive especially headed into the international break. They are a different team to QPR. They pass it a lot more and we are a passing team as well so it should be a good footballing game. My Twitter account showed me what it meant to fans on Friday night and I know what this means too. I have been on the bench for a couple of West London derbies but I have never started any of them. Friday night, live on Sky means it will be a big occasion. We did well last Friday so hopefully we can get the three points this week.”
The 23-year-old left Chelsea last summer to join The Bees looking for first-team football. Josh’s first season at Griffin Park was marred by injury which restricted him to just 15 appearances. However, the midfielder said he has been working hard in training to improve his fitness this season as he looks to establish himself in The Bees starting XI.
“Now I am through my injuries I just need to stay fit and keep working with the physical team to get my fitness levels back up,” said Josh. “I have been staying out after training doing extras to stay as fit as I can. I came to Brentford to play games. I left Chelsea last summer to get first team football week in week out. I am not a kid any more, I am 23, so I want games every week.”