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Kevin O'Connor reflects on the B Team's first season

Head Coach looks back at the highlights of being in charge of Brentford B during their first year

19 May 2017

B Team Head Coach Kevin O'Connor sat down before the end of season break to talk about how he has seen this campaign and what he thought about the final match of the season against Manchester City Under-23s.

"It was a good game against a very good team," said Kevin, speaking about the 4-2 defeat at Griffin Park on Monday night. "I thought we had a good go. I thought we were going to hold on for penalties at 2-2, coming back twice, but their quality just shone out in the end. I was really pleased with the effort our boys put in.

"The whole thing of this week, we've played them twice already this season and given them good games, so it was the belief that we could go one better and beat them. I think, especially in the first 15 minutes, we showed that belief and then City got on the ball a little bit and we sat off. I just wanted us to be a bit more aggressive, then if they go and score a fantastic goal then so be it. I think we did do that and we had a right good go."

Looking back at the season as a whole, Kevin was quick to praise the way the team has been run this season and is already planning for the next campaign.

"I've enjoyed the calibre of opposition, the tours, the teams we play against, the challenges that the players face. I've enjoyed seeing a few of our boys make their First Team appearance and we're seeing if we can build on that next year. There have been loads of positives.

"There's been a core group that have stayed with us and they are probably the boys that have gone into the First Team towards the end of the season. We've seen a good overturn of players, the quality of players is definitely improving. I'm looking next pre-season to have as many fit as possible and to really work the team and get us even better."

When asked about how important having a Head Coach like Dean Smith has been to the process, Kevin said: "I think it's everything. If there's no light at the end of the tunnel then they are going to be disillusioned and they're not going to be working as hard. If they can see, which they have seen, some of the boys making those appearances then they want to be the next one. It helps my job the way Dean is doing it and how open he is to playing the youth players if they are good enough.

"It's been really enjoyable, just to see the boys getting in and around the First Team is very pleasing and it gives us that motivation to keep going."