Reece Cole is inviting Brentford fans to see what the next generation has to offer when they take on Manchester City at Griffin Park on Monday night.
The B Team will hope to cap off their impressive debut season with a win over City’s Under-23s under the lights at Griffin Park, kick-off 7pm. Midfielder Reece feels tomorrow’s game is a great chance for supporters to come down and take a look at some future first-team players.
Speaking ahead of the game, Reece said: “They have been great games to play in because the fans have turned up in their numbers and hopefully we can get a few more for Monday’s game which will be great. It would be great for fans to come and see what is coming through the B Team. If you haven’t already seen us then see what we have to offer.”
Manchester City are just one of a number of top teams that the B Team have faced this season following the summer move away from an Academy set-up. As well as taking on Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Bayern Munich, Kevin O’Connor’s men picked up silverware at the Kai Thor Cup in Denmark. Reece is expecting a tough game on Monday night but feels the calibre of opponent has really helped to raise the standards in the B Team this campaign.
“It is going to be a tough game as they are a top team,” said Reece. “Manchester City are one of the top clubs in the world so their academy is going to be strong. We have to play how we usually play with attacking football but being defensively aware as well. We have scored quite a few goals this season so hopefully we can get a few goals. It has been great to play them but at the end of the day they are just names. They have 11 players on the pitch so we have to go out and beat them. It’s been a bit different from playing Colchester United in the Under-18s and Under-21s. We are playing against better players and that is only going to make us better in the long-term.”
The 19-year-old was one of five members of the B Team to make their professional debuts this campaign when he came on as a late substitute in the 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest in March. Reece said it was a great experience to be involved with the first team and something that these friendlies at Griffin Park helped prepare him for.
“These B Team games helped prepare me massively,” said Reece. “You get used to everything in the build-up so there isn’t anything different when you get there. You are prepared and you know what you need to do. It was brilliant. It was 3-0 and then as the gaffer has called my name they scored to make it 3-1 and then when I came on it went to 3-2. It was a bit of a rocky last ten minutes but I must give massive thanks to the gaffer for throwing me on and trusting me. You get a real buzz when you know that you will be in the squad. You start to go through a few things in your head: what do I do when I get on the pitch, what happens if I score, how will I celebrate? It was a great experience.”