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Reece Cole: 'Everyone's looking forward to it'

Midfielder looks ahead to tonight's Anderlecht match

13 April 2018

Reece Cole sat down this week to discuss the B Team's upcoming match against Anderlecht at Griffin Park this evening. With free entry for supporters, Brentford B are looking to make it seven wins from seven.

Starting with a question about what has made the difference during Brentford B's recent winning run, he said: "I just think the hard work and dedication on a day to day basis. Training outside and in the gym, everyone has been bang on it.

"Usually, coming towards the end of the season people start falling off but everyone's been spot on. We know what our job is, especially with big games like this on Friday. Everyone wants to keep that momentum and everyone wants to do well really."

With the games schedule ensuring Brentford B face high quality opponents every week, Reece explained how easy it becomes to stay in the zone ahead of games like Anderlecht.

"It is easy," he said. "You know what you're goint to expect, it becomes a three or four day turnaround. We have the analysis of the previous game then you go through analysis of the next team we play. You stay in that routine which is quite nice, rather than having a couple of weeks like we did at the start of the season."

First Team Head Coach Dean Smith mentioned Reece Cole as one to watch in his pre-match press for Nottingham Forest last week. Reece acknowledged that it's always good to be mentioned in those terms.

"It's nice to get a mention and get praise from the gaffer," said Reece. "I'm obviously doing something right so I just need to keep on doing it, keep my head down and see what the end of the season brings."

Looking ahead to the match tonight, Reece is expecting a challenge when Anderlecht come to town.

"I think it's going to be a strong team," said Reece. "We've watched them in their clips from the UEFA youth league so they look strong and pretty much played Bayern Munich off the pitch. It'll be a good technical passing game, similar to what Chelsea was like. Hopefully we can dominate them."

Regardless of the result on Friday night, Reece acknowledged that this sort of game is one that every player wants to play in at this level.

"Everyone's looking forward to it," he said. "It's going to be a similar style of play; they're going to play like us and we will play like them. Hopefully we just come out on top and pick up another win.

"With these sort of games being set up, you're going to have that motivation of playing in front of a crowd at Griffin Park, which will hopefully be good. You can lose motivation but I think everyone knows what we need to do, so it's all good.

Asked about the message from Kevin O'Connor and Allan Steele in training this week, Reece said: "Just keep on doing the same thing really. Keep on working hard, have the right attitude in training and hopefully we'll go places."

The game is being sponsored by Brentford FC Lifeline Society, who have raised over £2 million for the Club since their inception. Reece is pleased to see the ongoing support for the B Team.

"It's really good to see that they have funded the game," said Reece. "They're trying to get a lot of fans in so everyone is very appreciative of what they are doing for the B Team.

"It's going to be more like a First Team situation so as many fans as we can get in will be good. Hopefully we can show them what we can do."

Reece made his debut for Brentford against Nottingham Forest last season, at The City Ground in front of 16,903 fans. The 20-year-old, who also spent time at Newport County this season, told us how B Team matches at Griffin Park prepare a player for these occasions.

"Making my debut at Forest, it's a big stadium and a well known ground," he said. "It does prepare you for what you are going to expect when you make your debut. The more games we can get like that, the better prepared we are for when the chance comes up.

"I'm just looking to push on, get more exposure to the First Team. It's harder at the moment with the Play-Offs and everyone at the Club's hoping we do well and get there. We'll see what happens."

The midfielder is confident that were Dean Smith to call upon him, he could do a good job in red and white stripes this season.

"I feel like I'm as ready as what I have been in the last year maybe two years. So I'm just doing what I can do, keep on impressing and if the chance arrises then hopefully I can grab it with both hands."

Don't forget, Queens Park Rangers visit TW8 next weekend!

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