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'There's a lot of potential on that pitch' says Kevin O'Connor

B Team Head Coach reflects on two wins from pre-season and comments on the new dynamic in his team

15 July 2017

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B Team Head Coach Kevin O'Connor was pleased with how his team got through their pre-season training camp in Hungary. Yesterday Brentford B completed their second win of pre-season by defeating MSK Zilina at their training base in Telki.

"It's been good," said Kevin, speaking to iFollow after the final whistle on Friday. "There were no major injuries and the boys have been getting fitter so it has been good.

"Today was a really good test against a very good team, and we managed to hold out 2-1 but it was a step up from Tuesday's game. That's all you can ask for and we go back to England now a happy camp."

The trip gave the squad a chance to gel as several new additions made their first impressions on the coaching staff as well as their fellow players.

"It's obvious to see they add quality to the group," said Kevin. "You've got Theo Archibald, who came towards the end of last season, Ali Coote, Nikolaj Kirk and a few of the others as well. There's a lot of potential on that pitch.

"We've done a few little bits away from the training pitch and the boys have bonded. It's always a great way to do it when you spend 24 hours a day together for a set amount of time. The group is getting closer, and they'll get even closer."

Kevin was also pleased to see his side show the character to come back from being a goal behind in the first half.

"It's something that we have struggled with in the past," he said. "So it was nice today, but the performance was more important. The quality of opposition was very good today, so it was a really tough test for our boys considering it was their second game and we came through it well."

"We fly out [to Portugal] Tuesday," he added. "It'll be a great game against Benfica's B team. It'll be an amazing experience for the players and we'll see what we can do."

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