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'It was definitely a penalty'

Kamohelo Mokotjo reflects on what might have been after Middlesbrough draw on Saturday

30 September 2017

Kamohelo Mokotjo was in a contemplative mood following Brentford’s 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon. The South Africa international, who heads out on duty for his national side tomorrow, spoke to iFollow after full time at The Riverside.

“It was definitely a penalty,” he said, starting with one of the most obvious talking points of the afternoon. “He touched me, I went to ground and looked up at the ref. The boys say he was about to blow his whistle but he didn’t so then I got up, I don’t think you can play an advantage on a penalty in the box so perhaps that was a mistake from him.

“He said he thought I wasn’t touched, but everyone saw that he was about to blow for a foul. Sometimes it’s just what referees do.”

The Bees came away with a point after an afternoon of action that could’ve ended in their favour. Kamohelo admitted that he wanted more from the final score.

“It was a good point, I think we deserved more. We just didn’t capitalise on the chances we created. A good point away from home and we can work from this.

“It was a hardworking midfield today. I think we know that it’s not easy coming here and getting a result, which we did today. Even though we feel like we lost two points, we gave it our all until we were substituted for the other two midfielders. That’s all that matters for the team.”

Brentford controlled large periods of the match, scored two goals and responded well when Boro equalised after 68 minutes. Kamohelo is adamant that the team kept pushing until the end.

“We tried to play our way as much as possible. Most of the time it was just the simple things that got us into trouble and we conceded goals. I just feel like we lost two points today but we can work with this.

“You can see how much the boys are working. It’s going to come, we believe in it and we’re all positive.”

The 26-year-old has enjoyed the start of his Brentford career and told iFollow that he is adapting well to football over here.

“My start to life here has been good. You’ve seen me play in a few different positions in midfield, like today as one of the number eights. I’ve adapted well to that and I feel the football is going well, that’s a positive for me.

“The game here is something I’m growing into. The intensity is much higher and I’m getting used to that so that’s another positive.”

Mokotjo heads off for international duty with South Africa on Sunday, ahead of a World Cup Qualifier on home soil. Like Henrik Dalsgaard, in action with Denmark, he wants a strong performance from his team.

“We fly out tomorrow, I hope I get some game time and do well for my country. Burkino Faso are a tough opponent but we are playing at home so we need to make sure we win that game.”


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