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Kevin O'Connor on 'thoroughly deserved' trophy

22 January 2017

B Team Head Coach reflects on final day of Kai Thor Cup

Brentford B beat Brann Bergen 3-1 in the Kai Thor Cup Final earlier today. The team's Head Coach Kevin O'Connor reflected on the match after the final whistle in Odense.

"It was a strange game," said Kevin. "We started well, we went one-nil up and then a few things went against us and we started to play into Brann's hands a little bit. To be fair to them, they came into the game, got the equaliser and looked quite dangerous.

"We snuck one just before half time which helped us. Then I had a word with them at half time and told them to remember what we are about rather than playing the way Brann wanted us to play. We upped the tempo second half, got another goal and I think we thoroughly deserved it in the end."

In the build up to the Final, Kevin spoke about the players using this trip as an opportunity when playing in a competitive environment. When asked about this subject after the match, he told that he believed some players had done exactly that.

"I think by coming here, especially after the first game to turn it around and then play really well against Hamburg, they have taken their chance. That's all we can do, we came here to try and win the cup and we've done it.

"It's only one tournament but at the same time it's good to play under that pressure and to perform like they did. It's a small stepping stone but a positive one."

Odense Boldklub hosted the six-team tournament at their own training ground and helped a lot with the organisational aspects of the week, something which Kevin was keen to thank them for.

"They've been really welcoming and had good facilities. Obviously, the pitch was an Astro and that probably wasn't ideal for us but we just had to adjust to it. It was another challenge for the boys and overall it's been really enjoyable.

"We're looking now to get more tournaments because that's where we'll find the most pressure and it really shows what the boys are about. The games programme this season has been excellent and tournaments like this are able to add that extra level of pressure and take the players completely out of their comfort zones."

It's been a long trip for the squad and staff that travelled first to Germany and then to Denmark for the tournament, and Kevin admitted that it is nice to have something to show for the team's hard work. He also gave a quick nod to the fact that the work soon begins again when they return to England tomorrow.

"Now we switch off for a couple of days, then the boys will be back in on Thursday and then we go again preparing for a game next Tuesday."

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