Brentford B defender Nick Tsaroulla believes the side can look back on their October fixtures with fondness having picked up some excellent victories over the past few weeks to take some momentum into their trip to Spain.
The Bees began October with narrow defeat at Hibernian Reserves despite turning out a positive performance and they hit eight goals past FFDTV Academy before beating Reading Under-23s, Hanwell Town and Bromley, netting 21 goals in the process.
Looking back at the 3-2 defeat to Hibs, Nick felt there were some good elements from their perfromance to take back south of the border.
He explained: “We were disappointed to lose the game, but I think the performances all round were pretty good. We did well in the first game, which we won (v Aberdeen Reserves), so it was a good trip for us as a group. There’s a lot of strong characters in this team so it pulls everyone together and we tried to fight our way back.”
With an international break quickly following the trip to Scotland, Nick says the break from the busy fixture schedule gave the players who didn’t compete for their countries some time to analyse and work on their games.
“You’ve got a smaller group so it can be a bit more detailed onto you and you can work on individual parts that you want to improve on,” said Nick. “It’s a good opportunity to work with the coaching staff to pinpoint the weak points of your game to try and improve.
“There’s constantly games all the time so to have a week to look back at yourself and analyse and think about how you can improve.”
Brentford B quickly got back into the swing of things on their return to action as they welcomed FFDTV Academy to Jersey Road in a behind closed doors friendly in which they ran out 8-1 winners.
Reflecting on the performance, Nick felt the team were well worth their victory. He continued: “We were buzzing, we looked more at ourselves rather than the opposition and analysed how we can improve in that game. We were really pleased with how we started the game and continued throughout. You want to be scoring goals.”
With the Brentford B fixtures often providing a variety of opponents for the team in order to help the team develop, they then made the short trip to Hanwell Town in the second round of the Middlesex FA Senior Challenge Cup, as they fought back from 2-0 down to take the match to penalties which they won 4-2.
“It was tense towards the end,” said Nick. “We had 10 men and it was 2-2. We felt like we should could have gone and won it (without penalties) but it was a great experience as a young player.
“Playing against different opponents, whether it’s men, teenagers, or whoever it is, every game is different so you can learn from each one. There’s a trophy at the end waiting and it gives you that extra little push. It’s a proper fight, so everyone has to dig in and go after it.
“After not having the best of starts, we pulled everyone together and bounced back really well to win the game which I think we deserved.”
The defender, who has turned out 14 times for Neil MacFarlane’s side so far this season feels he is progressing well and is keen to develop his game even further through hard work.
He said: “I’m pleased with how things are going. I’m happy, but I’m never satisfied with myself, so I think there’s a lot more work that needs to be done but I’m pleased with how the past few months have been going.
“I’ve put in a lot of extra work on my crossing and my heading, those are the main technical parts that I’m looking to improve.”
With competition for places always high as the players look to keep pushing to try and force themselves into the thoughts of the first team coaching staff, Nick believes that it’s important to be adaptable as a player having played as a left back and on the left of a front three recently.
“I went back to my 12-year-old roots when I played as a left winger,” laughed Nick. “I enjoyed the game, and it’s nice to play in different positions to show the coaches that I am adaptable. It’s very important.
“I want to win and work on those areas of my game as well as keep up the momentum because I’m always looking to improve. They’re top coaches and they want the best for us and want us to always improve which is perfect.”