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Kevin O'Connor: 'We have to go and beat these teams'

B Team Head Coach looks ahead to final day at Griffin Park

7 May 2018

Brentford B finish their season when they face Manchester City U23 at Griffin Park tomorrow, Tuesday 8 May, at 7pm. With free entry for supporters, the B Team are hoping to entertain a good crowd as they sign off a second season as The Bees' second squad.

Head Coach Kevin O'Connor spoke to Brentford FC's YouTube Channel on Sunday night, during the 2018 Player of the Year awards. He discussed the upcoming fixture and also paid tribute to some of his squad.

Asked about what to expect from his team during the final game, Kevin said: "I want a better performance. We know 100% what to expect from Man City, as we have done previously, and we need to really improve on our work rate and intensity from the previous game. We worked on it in training today and it was very good, so we're looking to take that into the game."

Kevin also touched upon the tests for his side as they play in TW8 for the third time this season.

"It's the nervousness of playing at the stadium for the boys. We've played there quite a few times now so it's probably not as much as it used to be but the standard of opposition is going to be very high. We need to be on our game to get any sort of result."

Tomorrow's match will be the 14th time Brentford B has played Premier League opposition this season, and the message from Kevin and his staff is simple.

"We have to go and beat these teams," he said. "This is Man City, you can't play many teams better than them so it's a great opportunity and they've got to go out there and give it their best, play the way we have been playing in previous games to have a chance and I'm confident we can do that.

"It's the belief, which I think is there with the players. When we work well as a team, we are a very good team, if we work as individuals we're average, which I keep saying to the players. So, we need to take that mentality and that attitude into the game."

Kevin spoke about the chance to present an award at the end of season ceremony in Chiswick, and commended his players for their work this season.

"It's not really a chance to unwind, because we still have another game to go," he said. "Our boys are here tonight, they'll be off to bed soon for training in the morning but it's a brilliant recognition for the players and the Club itself for what a good season they've had."

He mentioned the B Team Players' Player of the season Marcus Forss, saying; "From where he's come on the first day of pre-season, he has done very well and I'm looking for him to take that into next season. He should be happy with himself and we'll see if he can grab a couple of goals on Tuesday.

"I've been pleased with what we have got from the squad. It hasn't always been easy at times for them and us as staff as well. We've all kept together and we're looking to finish the season on a high, but it's been very pleasing."

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