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'As a team we reacted really well'

Yoann Barbet discusses first win of the season after dramatic 48 hours

24 September 2017

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Yoann Barbet spoke to iFollow after Brentford's 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers. The Frenchman completed a roller-coaster 48 hours by scoring in The Bees' first win of the 17/18 season, just hours after returning to the country after seeing his mother through surgery in France.

The 24-year-old defender started off with his summary of the action on the pitch.

"I think as a team we reacted really well," said Yoann. "We were a little bit sloppy in the first ten minutes, it was a little bit hard, they hit the post. Then I think we reacted well, we kept the ball, we were a little slow but still very good.

"We had some chances and then John Egan got injured, I came on and scored a free-kick so I'm very happy with the score, three goals and none conceded.

"I'm really pleased with the game and for me because I had a tough few days. Yesterday I was in France to see my mum because she had heart surgery. I came back this morning, got on the bench, came on after 15 minutes and scored a goal. I'm pleased for that and pleased for her."

Bolton had their share of chances, Dan Bentley forced into smart saves on more than one occasion. Yoann acknowledged that it was a tough match to be subbed into. 

"They were at the bottom so we felt a little bit of tension. When the gaffer wants you on the pitch, you have to react well and do things right. Your first touch has to be confident then you can try something and it was a great day today, everything was right for us."

Yoann was also asked about his free-kick, which he sent into the top corner from 30 yards. He said: "Finally, after two years of practice with Bartek [Sylwestrzak] I am pleased for him because we've worked so hard. I've had chances before that I've missed, so I'm really pleased because I missed a penalty on Tuesday but today I scored a great goal. Football goes quick and I'm really pleased about that."

A first win in nine games gives the team confidence going forward, according to Yoann, who wants to push on with more victories in future matches sooner rather than later.

"It's good for the mind and the team because for the first eight games we played really well. We were unlucky sometimes and sometimes we weren't clinical enough. Today everything was with us because they hit the post, they could've scored but then I scored a free-kick and we got two other great goals.

"If it was one week ago, maybe we'd be shooting those over the bar. So, I'm really pleased for the team and now we can go forward, go home get some recovery because we have a hard game on Tuesday and hopefully we can get a win at home also for the fans."

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