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Josh McEachran: 'we just fell short'

Midfielder looks back on 17/18 campaign

13 May 2018

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Josh started off with a look back at the final game of the season. He said: “I think we did play well, we created enough chances to win. We didn’t want to end on a draw but we did, even then I thought there were a lot of positives to take out of it and that was pleasing.”

Before the game had kicked off at Griffin Park, Brentford had confirmed their fourth consecutive top ten finish in the Sky Bet Championship. Josh was pleased to achieve ninth place in the end.

“We heard Cliff [Crown] speaking not so long ago, saying how far the Club has come. It’s great from the team’s point of view, the manager’s point of view, and I’m happy.

“Hopefully we can take it into next season and go that one step further because if we had got the results that we should have got this season, we would have definitely been in there.”

Josh then told us about his year from an individual perspective, reflecting on some new faces in the dressing room as well.

“It’s been good, obviously I haven’t got as many games as I wanted to but I’ve been in and out. I’ve been pretty much injury free for the whole season, I’ve got my fair amount of games so hopefully I can push on next season, get a lot more games and help the team to the Play-Offs.

“All the new lads from pre-season to January, they’ve all settled in really well. Hopefully they stay, and if we keep the majority of the squad, I think we’ll do well next season. I’m looking forward to it.”

We asked him about his favourite moment from the 17/18 campaign and the 25-year-old had no trouble picking one out.

“I think I started well to be fair. I had a very good pre-season, I felt the fittest I’ve felt and then obviously I got injured against Bristol City, but I think Bristol City was probably the best game I’ve played this season.

“We absolutely dominated that game, like we did against Bristol away, and everyone’s been raving about them. So, it was probably Bristol City.”

We asked Josh about Dean Smith and the way Brentford play football on the floor. He was happy to explain why he is happy at the Club.

“It was one of the main reasons I came here. I knew Matthew [Benham] would get managers in that would want to play football. Obviously Dean fits that style perfectly, so it helps me out. In the holding role, it all goes through me or Woodsy. It’s perfect for the style that I want to play and that the team wants to play.”

Overall, has Josh been happy with this campaign? He told us: “It’s been good. I would obviously liked to have been in the Play-Offs. We just fell short but I am definitely looking forward to next season, I think we can definitely do it.”

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