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'We could have had a couple more'

Kevin O'Connor pleased with victory over Bournemouth at Jersey Road

19 August 2017

B Team Head Coach Kevin O'Connor was pleased to see his side come away with a 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth on Friday afternoon.

Goals from Justin Shaibu and Herson Alves were enough to see off the challenge from Carl Fletcher's side. Kevin was glad to see Brentford get their eighth win of the campaign in a relatively straightforward manner.

"I thought it was a good game," said Kevin. "We controlled it for the majority of the game as well and I was pleased. It was two-nil and we could have had a couple more, but the standard was there and what I asked from the boys before the game, they did."

Asked about what he is telling his team during this winning run, Kevin replied: "Not too much. We look at the team we are going to play, give the boys ideas of what they might come up against and how they can possibly solve certain situations, and then keep the confidence high.

"They are on a good run, they are full of confidence, so it's really just about getting them on the pitch and ready to go again."

Kevin also looked at the impact of the new additions to his team since the summer break.

"They've all come in and had an impact," he said. "Obviously, Marcus Forss is scoring goals and I expect him to score goals because he is a really good finisher. Mads Sorensen has come in, he's a big solid centre-half on the left side and is doing very well. Nikolaj Kirk is doing well, he came over with a slight injury so he's probably a tiny bit behind but he's getting there and they all look promising."

Without a competitive league system to play in, it might be hard to motivate his players. However, Kevin said that one of the most pleasing aspects of the season had been the desire to win.

"We're drilling that into the players, that winning is important. Obviously, playing well and individual development is good but winning as a team is so important for them to step into the First Team.

"They've taken that on board and you can see now they're disappointed in training when they don't win games or possession drills and stuff like that. That's a massive improvement."

Brentford B's next match is against Chelsea U23 at Griffin Park, a side that the B Team have become well aquainted with over the past couple of years. Kevin is looking forward to another match at the stadium for his boys, who go into the game wanting win number nine.

"It's going to be a really tough test for us," said Kevin. "It's at the stadium so we'll hopefully get a good crowd again. It's just an opportunity for the boys to experience playing against top opposition. I'm just looking for us to keep our standards and keep playing the way we play no matter who you play against. If we do that, we have a chance.

"It's the closest the players can get to a First Team game without it being a First Team game, so that's the massive thing I get from it. I'm sure the players do as well. Playing in front of a big crowd, hearing the noises, hearing the abuse sometimes from the stands - not bad, but almost like you were in a First Team game - and the overall experience.

"Going into it this season, they shouldn't be fazed at all."


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