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Ogbene: 'The boys made it look comfortable'

First Team winger talks about B Team victory under the

17 April 2018

Chiedozie Ogbene was happy to play a part in Brentford B's 4-0 win over Anderlecht at Griffin Park on Friday night. He spoke to us after the game to give his thoughts on the match, a First Team debut and getting minutes in TW8.

"I think we made it look comfortable," said Chiedozie. "In the first half we worked really hard, we pressed high and we created a lot of chances. Obviously going into the second half we knew that we were going to get chances and going two-nil up, we were comfortable playing around them.

All the players going in behind made it much easier to create space. The midfielders made it look easy, Reece Cole is comfortable on the ball and played it around and even Jaakko Oksanen the young boy looked very comfortable on the ball. The boys worked really hard and made it look comfortable."

The work in the early stages seemed to allow the squad to push forward in the later stages too. Chiedozie touched upon the hard work in midfield once again.

"When you work so hard, the other team drops and we all went in behind. They were almost shocked with the pace that we had, and they dropped, and that allowed the midfielders to play with more enjoyment. They moved the ball well and I knew in the second half the way we were pressing high made it very difficult for the opposition."

Speaking about the test from an individual perspective, Chiedozie was pleased with his efforts down the left.

"It's always good to run about," said the 20-year-old. "There's a lot of quality in this team, the B Team squad. Obviously I'm trying to play as if I'm playing with the First Team and there's a lot of quality here. I'm making the runs as if I'm playin with the First Team and I believe that a lot of these players are capable of playing in the First Team. There's a lot of potential there.

"It was good to get a run, fill up the lungs. I'm still getting my match fitness so that's my aim."

The Irishman of Nigerian descent had made several match squads for Dean Smith but had not not played until his debut at The City Ground on Tuesday night.

"It was a great experience," he said. "Coming in against Nottingham Forest, especially in that time of the game when we needed a goal. To come into that intensity was enjoyable. I enjoyed every minute of it, the boys reallt encouraged me. I had Josh Clarke on the left telling me what to do and that eased me in.

"There were a few chances where I could have shot but it didn't go that way. I was just happy with the win and getting the corner. The fans were pushing me and getting behind us, it was brilliant.

"Coming from a different league, it's always going to be difficult. Playing in the Championship, with all the quality in the teams and especially our team, is good. To come on and make an impact was just a dream come true."

The young attacker would have hoped to get his debut this season but admitted that it wasn't something he was expecting.

"I didn't expect anything," he said. "It's a very different league here and a massive step up. When I joined the team I knew there was a lot of quality there. I didn't expect to get my debut but I'm grateful that Dean trusted me to put me on.

"It's always a source of pride when the manager throws you in, in that situation especially. It was nil-nil, everything was up in the air. He trusts you to come on and try and make an impact. 

"It has to come down to me as well, I have to work hard to show him that I want it. I need to do the dirty bits of football to just play the beautiful side. You need to do the physical side because it's a physical league and it's a fast league. You need to keep up."

He also mentioned the fans who made the journey to Griffin Park on Friday night to watch the B Team play.

"It's incredible playing in front of the fans, they come here and watch us week in week out. It was nice to just to give them a taste of what I'm about here; show them my pace in behind and my strength and what I can do. I hope they like what they see and will hopefully see more of me in the future."


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