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Zain Westbrooke gearing up for 'a game full of goals'

B Team captain speaks ahead of Manchester City clash

12 May 2017

Zain Westbrooke says he is confident going into Brentford B's last game of the season against Manchester City. Kevin O'Connor's side play their final game of the 2016/17 campaign at Griffin Park under the lights on Monday 15 May.

Speaking after training earlier this week, the B Team captain said: "I think we know them quite well now, playing them twice. They're very good technically, very good one-v-one. We know they're lethal in attack, get a lot of goals, and concede few.

"I think one of our strong points is our attack, we get a lot of goals. We played [on Monday 8 May], won 4-1 and could have scored a lot more so I think it'll be a game full of goals.

"I think an organised performance with a lot of attacking is what we want to do. We want to be on the front foot for most of the game, dominating the ball, getting the ball wide and just attacking them really."

The 20-year-old scooped up the Players' Player of the Year award during Brentford's end of season awards night last Sunday. He admitted that it was nice to receive some recognition for his hard work.

"It felt really good," said Zain. "It's good to know what your peers think of you. Obviously a lot of the time, you know what the fans think of you; you get messages, you get told, you can hear what they are saying. It's good to know the people I'm here with day-in day-out think highly of me."

The B Team's season has seen them play nearly almost as many fixtures as their First Team counterparts. With tours in Spain, Denmark and Germany as well as matches against top flight English teams, Zain had a lot to look back on.

"I really have enjoyed it," he said. "It was obviously a big change, going into the B Team. It was something none of us knew anything about, we had to learn along the way.

"I think we've had good coaches with Flemming Pedersen, Kevin O'Connor, Alan Steele and with Ben Chadwick. We've done a lot of learning and we've changed a lot since the start and I think this game will show how far we've come throughout the season.

"It's a lot of different tests. I think you go throuh the Under-21 league and the games are very similar and you have to battle them out. You might have a stronger team and a weaker team, but we've had so many different games.

"We started off by playing Valencia, Villarreal, Man United, Liverpool. We've played Chelsea's loan team that had players like Loic Remy and Marco Marin. Then you go to play teams like Stevenage, which is a lot different and you have to adapt. With the B Team it was all about learning how to adapt with different games, but then putting your style into the game. I think we've done that really well this season.

"Hopefully, with the last game we can do that again."


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