Brentford top scorer Ollie Watkins feels he has taken the leap from Sky Bet League Two to Championship in his stride following his summer move. Last year's EFL Young Player of the Year leads The Bees scoring charts this campaign with five in all competitions since joining from Exeter City in July. Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Preston North End, Ollie told iFollow Brentford that he has been pleased with his start to life in West London but that there is plenty he can still improve on.
“It has been a nice start,” said Ollie. “It’s a shame that the international break came just after Middlesbrough as I had just started to pick up a bit of form. I have to get back into the swing of things and pick up the three points on Saturday. I am still adapting and trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I am learning each day to get better. It is a big step from League Two to the Championship but I have just tried to take it in my stride. I couldn’t have done that without all the great people around me and I don’t take it for granted. I want to keep progressing and bring something to the team each week.”
The Bees head to Deepdale on Saturday unbeaten in six in the league but still only three points above the Championship drop zone. Despite their slow start to the season, Ollie believes there is more than enough quality in the group at Jersey Road to push towards the top end of the table.
“A lot of the times we are coming off the pitch frustrated because we feel that we should have so many more points than we have,” admitted Ollie. “We have had a lot of possession but maybe not been clinical enough in terms of putting our chances away. If we can do that then we are going to be up there I think. Everyone wants to show what we can do. Once it starts clicking then everyone will see how good we really are.”
Standing in Brentford’s way this weekend is a North End side who have impressed under new boss Alex Neil this campaign. The Lancashire outfit are currently just a point outside the top six following last Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ollie is predicting a tight encounter between two passing teams and is relishing the challenge of heading to Deepdale.
“Whenever I see Preston North End they look like a good team,” said Ollie. “I think they are similar to us in that they pass it and press. I am looking forward to going there: it is another new place for me. I have always enjoyed going away from home. When I was at Exeter City that is what we were good at. It gives you a bit more of a challenge and I look forward to it. You want to play against the biggest and best teams so I am really looking forward to it. I don’t try and think about the opposition too much, although it will be a big difference to say Morecambe away.”