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🗣 Neil MacFarlane: "Our energy and intensity throughout the 90 minutes was first class"

Neil MacFarlane reacts to the 4-0 win over Albacete U19s

6 November 2019

Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane was delighted with the intensity of his side’s performance as they beat Albacete Under-19s 4-0 in the first match of their Spain tour.

Goals from Julien Carré, Gustav Mogensen, Arthur Read and Joe Adams did the damage for the young Bees in a match that they dominated throughout.

Reflecting on the match, Neil explained: “I think first and foremost it’s about the way the boys went about their business. Our energy and intensity throughout the 90 minutes was first class and they’re a real credit to themselves.

“I thought our organisation throughout the game with and without the ball was very good. In particular without the ball with the high press we regained the ball so high numerous times and we got in numerous times.

“We had real opportunities to score from it and it’s something we can continue to work on. We were clinical and that’s why we got the victory that we deserved.”

Brentford’s ability to press high to win the ball back saw them put their opponents under considerable pressure which often paid off throughout the match.

“Our fitness is really good which allows us to do that,” said Neil. “The front three really set it tonight, the midfield three were really good, and we’ve spoken about the lines of the back four to really condense them (Albacete) into their own half, and that was where the game was played which was a pleasing aspect.”

The match saw the Bees continue their ability to find the back of the net from free kicks with Carré following on from Christian Tue Jensen’s recent strikes as he stepped up to score a sensational goal in the absence of the Dane due to injury.

There was also praise for Gustav Mogensen for his tenacious performance as he led the line superbly at Ciudad Deportiva Andrés Iniesta, whilst Luka Racic also made an injury return to get 45 minutes under his belt.

Neil continued: “I spoke to the group about taking responsibility. Christian was out tonight with a little knock and Julien stepped up; it was a fantastic free kick which set us on our way.

“I’m pleased for him (Gustav) because the work ethic that he puts in and the intensity when he goes after goalkeepers allows us to push our lines and he really deserved it (the goal.)

“Luka has trained the last couple of days that he’s been with us which has been pleasing, he’s responded well tonight as did the whole group.”

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