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Ollie Watkins: “The home fans deserved that”

Goal-scorer reflects on Birmingham rout

20 February 2018

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Ollie Watkins said that Brentford's victory over Birmingham City was one of the team's "best performances of the season." Watkins' goals bookended Florian Jozefzoon's close-range effort and a Neal Maupay brace as The Bees ran out five-star winners at Griffin Park.

"That was up there with our best performances this season," Ollie told iFollow Brentford. "It was nice to be out there and to be able to help the team. The home fans deserved that because a scoreline like that has been coming for a while.” 

The former Exeter City man ended a 12-game run without a goal, taking his tally for the season to double figures. 

“With the first goal, it was a case of don't shoot, don't score. I'll take it at the end of the day. It'd been a while before that since I'd scored so it was nice to get on the scoresheet. With the second, I came inside, played it to Flo and he's found me inside the box. Thanks, Flo-Jo! Ten's a nice tally but hopefully I can keep getting more goals. I still need to get more clinical as I missed the chance before I scored my second this evening.” 

The 22-year-old admitted that the hostility towards the three players who departed Brentford for St. Andrew's during the summer transfer window was expected.

“I only did pre-season with them. They’re three great lads (Harlee Dean, Maxime Colin and Jota) and I wish them all the best – I hope they stay up. Players often receive a reaction like that when they return to a team they’ve left – it was expected. From our perspective, that’s two games this week for a return of six points; hopefully we can make it nine on Saturday.”

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