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'There were elements of the game which we can’t accept'

Allan Steele talks to iFollow after Rangers visit to Jersey Road, calls for reaction from B Team

7 October 2017

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“A lot of time and effort had gone into the game in the build up,” said Allan. “I was pleased with what the boys and the staff put into the game. It was great to see a number of fans come down from Scotland, as well as some Bees fans, to watch the game here at Jersey Road.

"I was disappointed with the overall result and there were aspects of the performance that we were disappointed with. There were positives to take and we spoke to the boys at half time, it was pleasing to see their first five or ten minutes after the break.

"For the first 20 minutes of the game, I felt like we were on top and I thought we just didn’t take our chances. I think the boys are learning that if they don’t score when they have momentum then they will struggle, especially against top opposition. I think this last month we have struggled with that.”

Rangers fielded a strong side at The Bees' training ground in West London last week, which made for a tough challenge for the staff of Brentford B.

“I think when we saw their lineup, and you saw the number of First Team players and good young professionals involved, we knew straight away it was going to be a tough game.

"With regards to how they played, the quality of football didn’t surprise us, we expected that. We needed to go and match those types of players for their intensity and work rate, and that’s something we then spoke about with the boys. Although there were other aspects of the performance that we were disappointed with, some things we were pleased with, there were elements of the game which we can’t accept. A result like that will tell a lot but it doesn’t show the full picture. We dealt with that game, now we move forward to the next.”

Brentford now face matches with Exeter City and Manchester City in the coming weeks, Allan explained how the team will prepare themselves to bounce back.

“It’s the same preparation for all the games," said Allan. "We make sure we are consistent with that. The boys are very clear that we are now looking for a reaction to go into this week. We know we will face a very strong side again, similar to the Luton game where they come down with some First Team players.

"We know they’ll try and physically dominate us but we must execute our style of play and play good football.”

“We’ve been to Manchester City before and haven’t got a result there yet, but we’ve been pleased with the performances. Going forward, that’s what we’ve been trying to stress to the boys. It is part of their development to go and play these top teams, and teams that are giving us a realistic brand of football as well. We’ve got to try and push boys onto the First Team and it was really pleasing to see Chris [Mepham] involved at the weekend. Also the four boys who were either on the bench or travelling with the squad, that is a real positive.”

Brentford B came back from their second tour of the season in September and also faced Queens Park Rangers at Griffin Park. Allan summed up the past few weeks for iFollow.

"We went to Germany," he said. "We had two games out there, which were top levels games. The Hertha game saw an unfortunate result but we dominated 20 or 30 minutes of that game. If we can go to a team like Hertha Berlin and dominate them, with the standard of players they have, then there’s a lot to be taken from that.

"I think the Legia Warsaw game gave us a completely different opposition. They were a team that sat back, got an early goal and then we had to try and find a way of getting back into that game. It felt realistic, the challenges felt real, and it was pleasing to see how the boys dealt with that.

"The QPR result was disappointing. A lot of time and effort goes into the stadium games and we thanked the fans and everyone involved. At the same time we needed to be better than we were.

“We’re preparing for another tour with decent opposition overseas. We’ll set up for the game against Exeter and look for a reaction from the boys in the short term. We’ll also get them to understand that this is a long-term plan and make sure that they are consistent in what they do.

"We have to make sure that their behaviours and attitudes are ones that will get them noticed by the First Team. That way the boys will be in and around the First Team squad and start to mount a challenge for those positions.”

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