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Ollie Watkins: 'Glad to be back amongst the goals'

Winger talks to iFollow after Burton victory

9 March 2018

Ollie Watkins was in a good mood when he joined iFollow after Brentford's 2-0 win over Burton Albion on Tuesday night. The winger scored one and was involved in the other as The Bees took all three points from The Pirelli Stadium.

"The first half was quite difficult," he said. "They played a few long balls and turned us a little bit, that put us under some pressure. I thought we were in control of the game and it's nice to come away with the three points."

Ollie was then asked about the game being a potential banana skin for the team's run of form. He said: "Definitely. We could have been a bit more patient in the first half, but we came out in the second half and got the goal so we're happy.

"We had to stay patient, keep moving it and we were dominating the game. If we keep doing it, we'll get chances and then it's just about taking them."

Ollie was involved in both goals at The Pirelli Stadium, causing the first own goal and then netting the second himself.

"For the first one, I've just put it back across goal and it's hit a shin and gone in. That took a little bit of the pressure off us, then the second one I have found the corner.

"I didn't really know what to do with the first one, so I've just tried to put it in with pace and I've overhit it. I've heard the crowd go 'aww' because they are a bit disappointed but the ball's come back across and we've scored from it."

Dean Smith told iFollow after the game that he was really impressed by the counter-press work done at the top end of the pitch by Ollie and the other attackers. 

"We worked really hard to try and stop long balls going into the box and be on the front foot," agreed Ollie. "It's worked, and hopefully we can take that into the weekend."

The 22-year-old also commented on his slow winter period and how he has got himself back on good form. 

"I found at the start of the season that I was maybe playing as well but I was still scoring. Then I thought I was having some of my better games but I wasn't finding the target. It comes with it, but I'm glad to be back amongst the goals and hopefully that can continue.

"It helps when you can bring on Emi [Marcondes] and Sergi [Canós] because we have a lot of options up front. Hopefully we can keep scoring goals, winning games and keeping clean sheets."

The former Exeter player gave his thoughts ahead of a trip to Millwall on Saturday. 

"It's going to be a tough game," he said. "We just need to recover and look forward to that.

"I've heard the Millwall crowd aren't the nicest but games like that they gee you up a little bit and excites you more for the game."


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