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'I want the boys to react in the right way'

Kevin O'Connor looks back at Premier League triple-header, previews Barnet

4 December 2017

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Kevin O'Connor is looking forward to his team's match with Barnet tomorrow (Tuesday), telling iFollow that it is a good chance for Brentford B to put a run of bad form behind them.

Speaking after training on Monday afternoon, the B Team Head Coach started his chat with a word on the past few games involving his squad.

Beginning with the 6-2 defeat in South Wales to Swansea City, he said: "It was strange because I thought at half time we didn't deserve to be behind. We had a tricky 15-20 minute spell where they scored three goals and unfortunately the game got away from us.

"It was one that we need to learn from, especially that second half spell where things do go against us. We need to dig in and stop conceding goals in those moments. That's something for the boys to learn from and hopefully it doesn't happen again."

Speaking after the game, Mads Bech Sørensen said he thought the team became too individual in the way they played. Kevin reflected on this by saying he wanted more leadership in his squad.

"In those stages in games, you need a couple of players to get all the players together and say we've just conceded but we're not going to concede again. We spoke to the players after that and we've spoken to them since, and they have responded really well to that.

"We need to continue that and make sure when that situation happens again, because it will and you will go behind in games, we're strong enough mentally to not concede straight away."

In both games that followed, despite going down before half time to AFC Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town, the second half performances from Kevin's team were markedly improved when compared with the Swansea game.

"We've had a tough spell," said Kevin. "There's no two ways about it. We've lost a few players and some players are probably not playing to their max at the moment. It happens.

"We've had a great run and this will happen. Now it's about getting the boys to go back to basics, do the basics right, not over complicate things and then just play your way into these games."

As a former Brentford captain, Kevin would have played in spells where the team weren't performing at their best. He told iFollow about what he would do on the pitch to keep his team in these games.

"It's about doing the basics right," Kevin repeated. "It's about not giving away goals and staying in games. You'll get a little something, a little ray of light, which can be a lucky goal or a good move. The confidence will come back, it will start flowing through the team and then you start playing better again."

Barnet is the next stop for Brentford B, a 2pm kick-off away from home on Tuesday 5 December, and Kevin is looking for a response in his team.

"I'm looking for us, obviously to get back to winning ways, but more about the performance. I want the boys to react in the right way, which they have done in the last games. Even though the results haven't been great, the reaction has been much better. There has been a positive in that.

"I want them to go out there and show how good they can be. We don't know what team we are going to face. It could be a mix of First Team players, it could be their 23s, whoever they face they need to go and show the people watching what they are about."

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