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Bradley Clayton: 'We did more than enough'

B Team midfielder on Reading defeat and captaincy

29 January 2018

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Bradley Clayton was disappointed that the B Team couldn't come away from Hogwood Park with a win last week. The 20-year-old sat down with iFollow after the game to talk about two Royals matches in quick succession.

"We're disappointed with that result," said Bradley, talking about the 3-2 defeat on Wednesday. "We had enough chances with the penalty and a few times we hit the bar and hit the post. So, we did more than enough to come out winning that game and we're disappointed."

Asked about the comments from Head Coach Kevin O'Connor, as well as coach Allan Steele, Bradley said: "They thought we played well, we passed the ball around well and created a lot of chances. In some aspects you could be pleased with that, but then it's the result that matters at the end of the day. That's what we wanted."

The match took place in wet and rainy conditions from start to finish, something that Bradley acknowledged had a noticeable effect on the game.

"You saw the ball sometimes stopped in places, but I think as a team we handled it better than expected. We managed to establish our style; we didn't go long, we played the ball around nice. You had to be a bit wary of a few passes, especially back to the goalkeeper, but I felt all in all we dealt with that."

Bradley scored his sixth goal of the season in the 3-2 defeat at Reading, a tally he is relatively pleased with.

"I'm happy with that," he said. "I always want to score more goals and I set a target higher than that in my mind at the beginning of the season. I want to get as many as possible, I'm an attacking midfielder so I need to be chipping in with goals.

"The way we want to play is quite expansive football with a lot of different attacking options. We have got strength in all those areas, so it's good to have goals coming from different places."

Having played 26 out of 27 games this season, captaining the team on several occasions, Bradley feels a measure of progress this term.

"It's been nice to have the armband because it's not something I've really had before. It's a new experience being given that because it does play on your mind a bit when you get it. You just want to lead your team well.

"I think it's helped in terms of my communication and stuff like being more vocal on the pitch are aspects you need in football. The game time is obviously nice because I've been hit with injuries the last couple of years. I'm finally in a spell where I can say I've played a lot of games."

The B Team set off for Ireland next week to play Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk, and Bradley is no stranger to trips away. This will be his seventh tour with Brentford B that has so far seen him play football against teams from countries including Hungary, Spain, Germany and Italy.

"I think it mimics what football is like. You going to be away a lot, you're going to be not at home or travelling. For me, I take from it that this is what being in a First Team environment would be like. You need to be as comfortable in those situations as you can be."

Bradley summed it all up by telling iFollow that he had enjoyed the season so far.

"It's been good," he said. "To play is what I've wanted to do after I've been injury-plagued for a couple of years. Just to have a season where I can get a lot of games under my belt, score and hopefully progress is good for me."

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