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Kevin O'Connor reflects on German 'challenge'

B Team Head Coach looks back on six-day stay in Berlin, one narrow win and a very narrow defeat

14 September 2017

Kevin O’Connor was in a good mood following Brentford B’s narrow 4-3 defeat to Hertha Berlin II on Wednesday afternoon. The B Team Head Coach spoke to iFollow after the final whistle and clearly saw positives from his side.

“We were very good for half an hour,” said Kevin. “We were two-nil up and playing very well against a really solid and strong team. Then we fatigued a little bit in the second half, they made a lot of changes at half time and were very good in the second half.

“There were loads of positives to take from it, it was a fantastic experience and we had two really good games over here.”

With the curtain closing on their Germany tour, Kevin was asked what his staff would take from the trip from a coaching perspective.

“It’s been hard because we’ve had two games in three days,” said Kevin. “We’ve got to turn it over, we’ve got to do analysis for the first game and then have a look at the second one as well, so it’s been a lot of work but the staff have been brilliant, as they always are.

“It’s a challenge and it’s a challenge for the boys as well to try and recover and go again for another 90 minutes against two fresh teams in each half. They made a lot of changes, so it’s very much a mental challenge and I told them that at the end.

“When it gets like that, when we do concede, we have to be strong enough not to concede two or three in that spell because sometimes that can happen and it’s something we need to work on and I think it’s a mental thing more than anything.”

The B Team returned home late on Wednesday night, flying back into Heathrow after a six-day stay in Berlin. Kevin now must turn his team’s attention to their next fixture, a match with Luton Town at Jersey Road. He summed up his thoughts on the trip with his next answer.

“They were very good in the second half, they scored two really good goals for two out of the four. Credit to them and we might have even nicked a draw at the end so I have to credit our team as well.

“It’s brilliant playing here [Berlin] with two big teams and then to go back home and play a good team like Luton. It’ll be a different challenge, we’ll see what players we have and just take it from there.

“We have a couple of days now to recuperate, get over this and go again.”


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