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'Believe in us'

Ollie Watkins calls on experience to get through rough patch

15 September 2017

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After the final training session at Jersey Road on Friday, forward Ollie Watkins gave his thoughts to iFollow before Griffin Park plays host to Brentford vs Reading.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Ollie. “The games are coming thick and fast. The results aren’t what we’ve wanted but we’ve been playing well and creating chances, when we start putting them away the results will come.

“It’s down to us and there’s no better way to do it than at Griffin Park hopefully.”

Ollie remembered his goal at Griffin Park against Bristol City and looked ahead to more, but also told us about his confidence in the team around him.

“It was nice, it seems like a long time ago now because we’ve had a lot of games. Hopefully there are many more to come but we go on to Reading tomorrow. We know we can beat any team in this league, hopefully it starts by going in tomorrow and getting a win.

“It’s nice to be playing, that’s what everyone wants to do. I’ve felt welcome with the lads and feel like I’ve not been out of my comfort zone too much. I’m learning something new every day so I’m enjoying it.”

Having been part of a team that looked like they were well and truly down and out, Ollie’s experience at Exeter puts him in a position to believe in turning things around at Brentford.

“I’ve been in this position with Exeter last year, rock bottom of the league by the end of November and we end up in the Play-Off Final. You can’t be complacent, something’s got to change and we have to put the ball in the back of the net.

“There’s a lot of belief around the squad that we know we are capable of doing that. At the end of the day, someone will receive a three or four-nil loss to us at some point.”

Ollie thinks that the key to beating a tough run like the team’s current form, is to get a wealth of support from the stands.

“I’ve been in that tough period and when fans get on your back it’s not a nice feeling. It only makes you worried and anxious, you shy away from the ball, which is the complete opposite of what you want to see really.

“It is frustrating but the more they can encourage you, the more chance you’ll perform better and see a successful outcome. It’s about being patient and believe in us.”

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