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Nikolaj Kirk: 'A great team performance'

Midfielder turned fullback on a 3-0 win in Scotland

15 March 2018

Danish B Team player Nikolaj Kirk spoke to iFollow after winning 3-0 against Rangers in Glasgow.

The 19-year-old played 90 minutes for Kevin O’Connor’s side at left-back and looked assured as part of The Bees’ back line. He was pleased with the afternoon’s work.

”It was a very good win,” said Nikolaj. “I think it was a great team performance all over. First half we just pushed forwards, scored three good goals I think, and then in the second half we managed the game and there was never a feeling that they could get back into it.”

Marcus Forss scored after 4 minutes for the away side, before Reece Cole and Bradley Clayton also netted before half time. Nikolaj explained how the team reacted to that early advantage.

”Each one of the goals was a good move from us I think,” said Nikolaj. “We were playing good from the start of the game but when we got the first goal we felt we could get more from this game. We kept going and we kept scoring.”

Rangers’ starting lineup included several established players from the Scottish side’s First Team. These included former West Bromwich Albion man Graham Dorrans and former Bee Lee Hodson. Nikolaj was glad to get such a challenge up against them on his left flank.

”It was a good game,” he said. “There were a few First Team players in there and you could feel that. You had to play fast, you had to think fast and be aggressive under pressure. I think we did all of that and that’s why it paid off.

”That’s the difference between playing against boys and playing against men. I think today we played against men and we showed great character to win.”

Left-back isn’t Kirk’s natural position, as he is usually deployed in more of a central midfielder’s role. However, his performance suggested he could do a job there in the future for O’Connor’s side.

”I enjoyed it,” said Nikolaj. “I got a lot of help from Mads [Bech Sorensen] in beside me in the back four. Also Herson [Rodrigues Alves] playing in front of me, it was good to have them around me and I felt confident.”

The Danish loanee from FC Midtjylland was also asked about the trip as a whole. He said: “It’s been so nice. It was a great hotel and overall it has been a very good trip.”

He is also a good friend of Sorensen and Lukas Talbro, both of whom have received call-ups to the Denmark U19 squad in the next few weeks. Nikolaj admitted that he would like to make an impact on the national team soon. He said: “I’m a year older than Lukas and Mads so I’m not able to play with them at their level but yes in the future I’d like to get myself into the national team.”


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