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'We gave a good account of ourselves'

Bradley Clayton gives his verdict on Hertha Berlin match

14 September 2017

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Bradley Clayton was happy to talk to iFollow after his side lost a very tight game 4-3 to Hertha Berlin on Wednesday afternoon. The midfielder gave his thoughts on a close encounter in the shadow of Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

When asked whether the team can take positives from the game, Bradley said: “Yeah, we definitely can. You see how we dominated the first half, scored two and could’ve had a penalty. They got a goal, which was a shame because we let them get back into it. Especially on the first half performance, we showed we could hack it.”

Bradley also spoke about the addition of several first team players deployed by Berlin throughout the fixture.

“They’ve got the experience, they’ve got the knowhow of how to play and that makes it a tougher test. We kind of let it slip early on in the second half, when we were adjusting and they brought a few more on. I think we gave a good account of ourselves so that’s just the level we need to get to.

“It was close, you saw after we got our goal to make it 4-3 we were pushing on. They scored a couple of long range shots so it wasn’t justified at 4-2 and we could’ve maybe snuck a draw but it was tough going.”

The B Team returned home to England shortly after completing the match in Berlin, following a six-day stint in the German capital. Bradley had a lot of praise for this experience.

“It’s been a good tour, I mean the first game was a lot different to this one. It was on a small pitch, quite bobbly, against a tough hitting team in Warsaw. We dug it out and got the result in that one, which I hoped we would do in the first half of this one, even though they got a goal.

“They were very different tests but on the whole, as a team, I think we performed well and gave a good account of ourselves and we can be pleased.”

Kevin O’Connor’s side now face Luton Town in their next match at Jersey Road, an entirely different prospect to their opponents in mainland Europe.

“It’s good to get all these different games in,” said Bradley. “Luton will be a bit more physical, you’d like to think they will be a bit more direct than Hertha Berlin and it’s just another learning point for us to develop and hopefully become good First Team players.”

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