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Josh McEachran reflects on 2-2 draw at rainy Griffin Park

Midfielder speaks to iFollow at full time to give his thoughts on pre-season and the 17/18 campaign

22 July 2017

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Josh McEachran was happy to get through Brentford's 2-2 draw with Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

The 24-year-old spoke to iFollow after the game about the result, the season ahead and his physical fitness.

"It was good," said Josh. "I enjoyed it today. We played really well first half, dropped off a bit second half but we got the draw against a Premier League side. All in all, it was a good day for us.

"Obviously, we've still got a few things to work on, there's a couple of weeks until the first game of the season. It's good to be back and it's good to be back playing."

In the hour before the game, it rained heavily on Griffin Park making conditions on the field really quick for players on both sides.

"That suited us really," admitted Josh, "because we like to get the ball down and play. The pitch was zippy and the pitch is in perfect condition at the moment so I didn't mind it."

Despite the pre-season nature to the fixture, Josh knows what a result against a Premier League team like that can do for confidence in camp.

"It's massive," said Josh. "Going into the first game we have big opposition next week as well in Celta Vigo. We've got a few good friendlies coming up so we'll take the experience and look forward to the Sheffield United game.

"Today felt good, I've been out for about five months now so it's about getting game time, which I've been doing, and getting fit so I feel good."

The Bees fielded several new faces during the game, including Ollie Watkins, Neal Maupay and Kamo Mokotjo. Josh is happy with how the squad is settling in this season.

He said: "There's been a few new midfielders so the gaffer's got a hard decision to make before the first game. It'll be interesting to see what he does, but they've all settled in well and I'm looking forward to playing with them all.

"I've been unfortunate with injuries, but I just want to get on the pitch and help Brentford do as well as we can."

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