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“Overall I thought we were in control”

Andreas Bjelland reflects on tonight’s 4-3 win over Oxford United at The Kassam Stadium

20 July 2017

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Brentford defender Andreas Bjelland was pleased to get more minutes under his belt tonight as preparations for the new season continued with an entertaining victory over the Sky Bet League One side.

Goals from Florian Jozefzoon and Lasse Vibe put The Bees in command early on but a Marvin Johnson penalty before the break, and second-half goals from Kane Hemmings and James Henry turned the tide in the home side’s favour. However, Reece Cole levelled late on before Sergi Canos joined Reece on three goals in pre-season to secure the win.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford after the game, Andreas said: “It was good to get the minutes in and try some of the things we were working on in the training camp. We had some heavy legs after a tough few weeks but it was good to get some minutes in. We were pretty much in control and then their striker made a good dive for the penalty. It was nowhere near a penalty and he said that afterwards. That got them into the game but overall I thought we were in control. We were a bit sloppy on the ball, losing it in some stupid areas, but overall I thought we did really well.”

Andreas has endured a stop start two years at Griffin Park so far due to a serious knee injury and then a niggling issue in pre-season last year. The Danish international defender admitted that it feels nice to be able to take a full part in pre-season this time round and thinks things are starting to come together for the group.

“After a tough pre-season last year, where I ran into some injuries, it is important for me to stay on the good side this year and to stay sharp,” said Andreas. “It was good for the team, after a tough week in France, to get some minutes in together. We trained this morning so we know that it is tough at the moment. We showed today after 60 minutes that people started to get tired and started to lose the ball in some sloppy areas. Overall we got some good things out of it. You can also learn from it and that is what we are doing in pre-season. It was good to get those minutes in and then we crack on tomorrow.”

As with last season, Andreas will be battling it out with John Egan, Harlee Dean, and Yoann Barbet for the starting centre-back berths in Dean Smith’s side. The summer has seen The Bees add a further five players to their ranks and Andreas feels the increased competition within the group is already bringing about an increased sharpness in training.

“It is intense and it was like that last season,” Andreas revealed. “All of us played and it was difficult to get in the team at the end. It is going to be tough but it is healthy for the club to have that competition. There is great competition in midfield as well. It keeps us sharp and then we have to see who the gaffer chooses in the end. I think we look sharp and in really good shape fitness wise. We just need to crack on with the next two weeks of pre-season and be ready for the first game.” 

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