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Kamohelo Mokotjo: “It was a perfect first half”

South African reflects on Sunderland victory

19 February 2018

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Kamohelo Mokotjo said that Brentford’s victory at the Stadium of Light on Saturday was one of their best away performances of the season. It was the South African who broke the deadlock against Sunderland, slamming the ball past Lee Camp and into the bottom corner, before Neal Maupay’s cheeky finish doubled the visitors’ advantage during a rampant first-half display. The Black Cats had their tails up after the interval, but Brentford had done the damage within the opening half an hour.

“That was one of our best away performances,” a beaming Kamohelo told iFollow Brentford. “It was a perfect first half, but we knew that they would come harder during the second half. At times we gave away a few chances but it’s good to come away from home, score two goals and keep a clean sheet.  

“We knew about their history at home this season, but we were only focused on ourselves. Sunderland’s comeback against Bristol City was mentioned during the week. They’re a team towards the bottom of the table so they have to maintain their fighting spirit. We worked hard to control the game and did that really well during the first half.”

The General couldn’t hide his delight when asked about his first goal since September 2016.

“I always say if I score, we win,” joked Kamohelo. “I don’t get to score much! I just aimed between one of the player’s legs in the box and got a clean strike on the ball. It was a great goal – I enjoyed it.

“It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since I last scored, what makes it special is that it’s my first goal for Brentford and that we got the win here today.”

The South African broke into dance following his first strike of the season, a celebration he said was encouraged by his team-mates.

“I joke around a lot. The boys asked me to dance so I did that for them! It’s how I express my joy – it’s one of the best goals I’ve scored.”

With Birmingham City the visitors to Griffin Park on Tuesday, Kamohelo confirmed that the team are raring to get back amongst the action.

“We take it one game at a time. Especially at this point in the season, it’s important to focus on the game in hand. We’ve got to take the mentality from today and apply it to the next game.” 

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