Reece Cole said it was a “proud moment” after his brace helped Brentford to a 5-1 victory over Aldershot Town.
The Bees trailed at the interval thanks to Bernard Mensah’s close-range finish, but a rampant second-half performance – led by the impressive Cole - ensured that Dean Smith's side secured an emphatic victory during their first outing of the summer.
It was Cole who levelled things up within three minutes of the re-start, sliding past Mark Smith following a neat one-two with Sergi Canós. Moments later the 19-year-old added his, and Brentford’s, second of the evening with a rasping drive 30 yards from goal. Cole’s quick-fire double proved to be the turning point as Canós went on to add a brace of his own before Florian Jozefzoon added a fifth late on.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Reece said: “It was a good feeling for me. To get a goal in front of a few people and especially in front of the gaffer was a proud moment.
“It was good to get back out on the pitch. We knew the first ten minutes of each half would be hard for both teams but I thought we played well”.
Reece will now link back up with the B Team squad ahead of the trip to Hungary on Saturday morning. Whilst he acknowledged the positives of first-team involvement, he was keen to stress the importance of remaining grounded over the coming months.
“It’s going to be good (the training camp in Hungary). A few of us (B Team players) played tonight and it was a good experience for us, but we’ve got to go and prove ourselves in the B Team now and show that we’re mentally strong.
“I’d like to get more appearances under my belt, improve on performances like tonight and pick up a few more goals”.