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'We knew what we had to do'

Ollie Watkins on a tough three points away from home and his first career penalty

3 November 2017

Brentford forward Ollie Watkins spoke to iFollow after scoring in The Bees' 2-0 win over Birmingham City on a cold Wednesday night. He gave his thoughts on the win, his goal and the upcoming clash with Leeds.

"I thought two-nil was a good win," said Ollie, talking pitch-side after full time at St Andrew's. "In the first half, we've created a few chances and I think we could have put them away. Going in at half time it's nil-nil, we knew what we had to do and we came out on top in the second half."

After 74 minutes of deadlock, Ollie was happy to tuck away a penalty and score his fourth goal in as many consecutive away games.

"That's the first time I've taken a penalty in my career," he said. "I've always had to wait. At Exeter there were some good penalty takers so you step back. Here, I picked the ball up and said I wanted it so I'm glad I put it away.

"I saw the keeper in previous games try to get in the penalty-taker's head, look at them and point which way they were going, so I just didn't look at him so he couldn't do that."

The 21-year-old admitted that the game was definitely one of those where a team plays at a lower level than normal, but still comes away with the win.

"I don't think we played as good as we can," said Ollie. "Some games we've played really nice football but haven't put the ball in the back of the net. It's one we'll look at and think that's a good three points away on a Wednesday night.

"There's a confidence around the squad, there's some good chemistry. There's a great bunch of lads in there, we stick together and we're finally getting the results we deserve."

Ollie also commented on the 5.30 kick-off against Leeds United to come at Griffin Park on Saturday.

"You've got to pick yourself up and go again, hopefully get another three points and what a week that would be. I'm confident we can beat any side in this league because, like I said, we've got a great bunch of lads and a great team.


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