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'It was brilliant to see how we reacted'

Kevin O'Connor talks to iFollow after Legia Warsaw victory

12 September 2017

Kevin O'Connor spoke to iFollow after the B Team recorded a 2-1 victory over Legia Warsaw in Germany on Monday. The B Team Head Coach was pleased with the way his team came from a goal down to win their first game of two while on their German tour near Berlin.

"Very much so," said Kevin, asked if he was happy after the match. "I thought that in the first half we were excellent. We went one-nil down but dominated and had chance after chance, which we didn't take. I told the boys at half time and all credit to them, they turned it around in the second half with two really good goals from Joe [Hardy] and Marcus [Forss] when he came on.

"I'm very pleased because we deserved to win but we don't always get what we deserve. We did today."

Kevin also touched on the different aspects of the game which were a challenge for his team.

"All of it," said Kevin. "It was physical, the pitch was dry and bobbly, the referees were different but it's a different challenge for our players.

"Everyone's not always going to let you play and be nice to you, so it was brilliant to see how we reacted. I'm really pleased with how we performed and that we got the result."

Goals from Joe Hardy and Marcus Forss settled the tie in The Bees' favour, the latter grabbing his sixth of the season.

"It's been a frustrating time for Joe," said Kevin, "but he deserved his start today and he's given me something to think about for the next game.

"Again, Marcus has come on and made the runs that he does. He's had one chance and he's scored so all credit to both of them."

The B Team now face a trip to Hertha Berlin on Wednesday before flying back to England. This presents the squad with a new problem, staying in peak condition across a short space of time. This is something Kevin thinks will show his team what to expect in their future careers.

"Hopefully they'll be okay," said Kevin. "They're going to have to be. It's the way it is if they want to be professionals, they have to play two games in three days sometimes so we'll patch them up and get them out there."


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