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Kevin O'Connor looking forward to Rangers challenge

B Team Head Coach reflects on victory and sets targets for upcoming match

11 March 2018

B Team Head Coach Kevin O'Connor spoke to iFollow this evening following a match with Kelty Hearts Football Club in Kelty, Scotland. He gave his thoughts on the match and looked ahead to a tough match later this week.

"I thought it was a good game," said Kevin. "We had to stand up to a physical challenge, they were quite direct at times and they are doing really well in their league, so it was a different type of challenge.

"When we played our way and passed the ball quickly then we got through them quite well, but it was a really good challenge and I’m pleased to have a clean sheet and obviously the four goals."

Brentford B emerged 4-0 winners thanks to goals from Marcus Forss, Jarvis Edobor and Herson Rodrigues Alves. Kevin was asked whether this was a good warm-up for a match with Rangers on Wednesday 14 March.

"Yes, I think so," he said. "I think it’s good to come up here, get a game under our belts, get a couple more days of training and then go into the Rangers game. The confidence should be higher after the goals and the performance, so we are looking forward to Rangers and we need to do well because they beat us comfortably last time.

There are two tours left for Brentford's second squad this season, the first away in Scotland and then another in Portugal in April. Kevin wants to see more of what has already been successful on previous trips with his squad.

"It’s the same thing really," he said. "Another experience, just with different teams and different styles of football to give the players that exposure to it and the opportunity to try and learn from it, and then come up against top quality opposition in Rangers on Wednesday."

How much of a threat will the Glaswegian side pose to the B Team? Kevin explained: "From the first game, they a few first team players in there and they quality on the ball. They gave us a good lesson that day so I’m expecting the same again. I’m expecting our boys to be more prepared for it and deal with it better."

To get more on this match, as well as a look at the trip in general, look out for tomorrow's first installment of the B Team Blog from Scotland.


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