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Herson Alves 'knew it would be a tough game' at Jersey Road

Winger reflects on B Team win over AFC Bournemouth

18 August 2017

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Herson Rodrigues Alves spoke to iFollow after his side won 2-0 over AFC Bournemouth U23, Alves himself contributing to the goals, on Friday afternoon.

"All of us knew it would be a tough game," said Herson, "but once we got into the game it was a comfortable win. We had no problems, we played out from the back and we weren't going long. That was the plan."

The Portuguese winger doesn't think about his opponents before the game too much, admitting that his focus is on what he can do on the pitch.

"We don't look at it like that. It's not like we are going to be scared of the First Team players, so we just have to do everything we can to put them off. That's what we did today."

Herson scored after 53 minutes today, shortly after hitting the post. When asked to talk us through the strike he said: "What can I say, I got the ball, played a one-two with Justin, I took a good first touch and then hit it bottom left. The keeper didn't get there and I'm happy with the goal.

"As an attacker that's my aim. Obviously I want to perform well in the team but I want to get goals as well. That's what I like to do."

This year the team have seemingly settled quickly and are enjoying an impressive eight-game winning streak. Herson thinks there is a good vibe in the B Team dressing room this season.

"The team this year is actually very good. The new players came in and settled well, we helped them as well so there are no problems so far.

"It's been very good. We had doubts about the games we were going to have. Last year we played United, Chelsea, Bayern and so this year we won't have a problem playing big teams again."

The B Team face Chelsea U23 at Griffin Park on Tuesday 29 August, something Herson is looking forward to.

"It'll be a good experience for us, hopefully we get a win as well.

"The atmosphere is different obviously, when you are at the training ground we don't get a lot of people. When you are at the stadium there's a different feel."

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