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"It is a big confidence boost”

Goalscorer Josh Clarke on tonight’s 4-1 win over QPR

22 August 2017

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Josh Clarke feels tonight’s 4-1 win over QPR at Loftus Road could prove to be the spark that lights up The Bees’ season. After one point from four league games, Josh was on target as Brentford secured a thoroughly-deserved victory over their rivals at Loftus Road to send them through to Round Three of the Carabao Cup.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Josh said: “We know that we have dominated every game we have played but needed to be more clinical in front of goal. Today we showed that and got the result. We could have had even more so we are happy with our performance. It is a big confidence boost. We can look forward to Saturday now. Hopefully we can get a win and get started in the league.”

The Bees took an early lead when Ariel Borysiuk diverted Florian Jozefzoon’s cross into his own net and it was 2-0 inside 20 minutes when John Egan headed home. Neal Maupay made it three before the break and, despite a Darnell Furlong goal late on in the first-half, Josh put the icing on the cake with his third career goal, and second at Loftus Road, late on.

“We had to be a threat: we wanted to create goals and assists and create chances,” said Josh. “We did that. I was so eager to score today and I am happy with my goal. I came here tonight to impress the fans and the members of staff. I haven’t been getting that many minutes so today I worked hard and tried to play my game.”

Josh was one of five changes to the team for tonight’s game as he made only his second start of the season. The 22-year-old believes the performance, both individually and as a team, has given Dean something to think about ahead of Saturday’s visit from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“We had to perform tonight and I think that everybody performed,” said Josh. “It will be tough come Saturday and we will just see what happens. Whoever starts on Saturday has to play well. For me I just have to play my heart out every chance I get.” 

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