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O'Connor: 'We were really clinical'

B Team Head Coach gives his thoughts on Anderlecht win

15 April 2018

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B Team Head Coach Kevin O'Connor was impressed by his side's performance in their 4-0 win over Anderlecht at Griffin Park on Friday night. He spoke to iFollow after the final whistle had gone to give his thoughts on the B Team's seventh successive win.

"I was pleased," said Kevin. "It was more comfortable than I thought it was going to be at the end and we did enough. Second half we weren't brilliant but we were effective and we were very clinical so that was pleasing."

March saw Brentford B score 14 goals in just four games, while in the first two matches of April O'Connor's side have netted eight. The team look like getting goals in every game they go into.

"We're creating chances," said Kevin. "Like I said, today we were really clinical. We probably didn't create as many chances as we did against Manchester United but when we did create them, we took them. A free-kick from Reece Cole and Bradley Clayton with a 30-yard screamer, it was pleasing to see."

Before the game Kevin spoke about the experience gained by his team after a night under the lights at Griffin Park. He revisited this point in his post-match comments. 

"There was a decent crowd and I was really pleased with the way the team stood up and performed. I don't think there was a bad player on the pitch tonight and that was very pleasing. I think the experience of playing here before has helped and hopefully it will go on and get even better."

Tom Field and Chiedozie Ogbene joined Kevin's side for the game, playing together on the left wing of Brentford's lineup. Chiedozie made his first senior appearance for The Bees on Tuesday against Nottingham Forest. As ever, the Head Coach was happy to have some senior boys in his side.

"They're still quite young as well," he said. "They're only 20 and 21 so it's really pleasing to have them. Chio with his pace and his strength, Tom with his defensive nous at left-back. They always add to the team, which is good, and they did well again today.

"Seeing any of the B Team players go up into the First Team will drive the boys on, including Chris Mepham as well. The pathway is there for them and the opportunity's there for them to take."

Next week the squad fly to northern Portugal to face teams from Porto and Braga. They go into their last European tour of the season on a fine run of form.

"We're in a really good vein of form," said Kevin. "We've got to keep carrying it on into every game. I keep telling the boys now, the same things, do the basics and the horrible side of the game really well. Then the quality on the ball will show." 

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