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Chris Mepham wants to 'impress' during season finale

Defender previews big test against Manchester City

4 May 2017

Centre-back Chris Mepham is looking forward to Manchester City's visit to Griffin Park on Monday 15 May. Kevin O'Connor's side take on the Citizens under the lights at 7pm, with free entry for supporters. The 19-year-old spoke to Bees Player after training this week to give his opinion on the season finale for Brentford's second squad.

"I think the mood around the training ground is good," said Chris. "The First Team had a strong finish to their season so I think we want to put in a similar result at the end.

"It would be good to get a win against Man City, they beat us last game. It was a difficult game because in the first half I thought we played really well, then I thought their quality came through in the second half. In the end they got the win so it would be good to beat them in front of a good crowd."

Brentford B have already beaten two of England's biggest sides at home this season. Liverpool were overcome by penalties in September following a 2-2 draw in normal time, 687 fans saw that one. Then in November, over 1,000 fans came to see the B Team beat Manchester United 3-2, thanks in part to a brace from Chris himself.

"I think we've had some of our best games at Griffin Park to be honest," said Chris. "We have had Liverpool and Man United, having the crowd in the background obviously helped. When you are playing well you get the crowd behind you, epecially when you are the underdogs going into a game like we probably will be. It definitely does help, hopefully we can impress them all.

"I think for everyone, playing in front of a crowd on its own is much better. Then scoring in front of a crowd feels much better, especially it being my birthday like it was against United. The most important thing is to get the win but if you can grab a goal in front of a decent crowd it makes it all the better."

Chris has played 34 matches in the B Team so far this season, scoring four times. He admitted to Bees Player that he had some concerns to start with but has really enjoyed his first year in the new system at Brentford.

"It's been really pleasing," said Chris. "I think at first everyone didn't really know what to expect. I remember Robert Rowan speaking to me asking me what I thought of it. I said, being honest, I didn't know how it was going to go. It was a big change, playing friendlies as opposed to playing in a league, but I think overall it's been much better.

"I think the fixtures we have had this year have been really good, that's obviously a credit to Rob and the coaching staff. Some of the performances we have put in as a team this season, Dundalk for me was the best performance as a team. Against a strong men's team who were playing in the Europa League was a massive test.

"We've had games like Stevenage where it was more of a scrap, then the week after you might have a game against an Under-23s side who will be completely different. I think the different games we've had have done a lot to test us. One might test us physically, one might test us tactically and I think that's important for us to further our development."

The full interview with Chris can be found on YouTube or via the video above.

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