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Ollie Watkins: “We deserved the three points”

Man of the Match on 2-2 draw with Bristol City

15 August 2017

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Ollie Watkins said that Brentford “deserved the three points” after Bobby Reid’s last-gasp strike handed Bristol City a share of the spoils at Griffin Park.

The Bees fell behind within the opening five minutes; Josh Brownhill firing into the bottom corner following Famara Diedhiou's cut-back. But it was one way traffic after that as goals from Watkins and Neal Maupay – the Frenchman’s second strike in as many substitute appearances – handed Dean Smith’s side the ascendancy with the game heading towards its conclusion. It wasn’t to be for Brentford, however, as The Robins struck in the eighth minute of stoppage time to earn a draw in West London.   

Despite the disappointment, Ollie insisted that there were plenty of positives to build upon over the coming weeks: “We passed the ball well and created some good chances. I felt that we were unlucky to go into the break one down but we showed great determination to get back in it – it’s a shame we let it slip at the end.

“It was a relief (to see the first goal go in), but it’s a shame it didn’t lead to a win. We had the three points in our grasp and we let them slip but hopefully we can learn from the experience, get the win at the weekend and go on a good run of form”.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow after scoring his first Championship goal, Ollie said that he was delighted to get off the mark at Griffin Park: “It was a great ball in from Jota. I don’t score many headers so it was great to get up for that one and score my first Championship goal. The lads and the staff have told me that I played well this evening; I’m happy with my performance but as I said, it’s a shame we didn’t get the win”.

The 21-year-old showed plenty of promise as part of an attacking trio alongside Romaine Sawyers and Jota, and he feels as though there’s plenty more to come once the team has had more time to gel: “It was my first start alongside Romaine in the Championship and I feel as though there’s chemistry there already – that will only develop with time. I was pleased that Neal got his goal, too. He’s a great finisher and that’ll be a big boost for him”. 

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