Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane praised the attitude of the squad ahead of their first match of their short tour of Spain where they will play two fixtures.
The young Bees travel to take on Albacete Under-19s tomorrow (Tuesday) having flown out to La Manga on Sunday for a couple of days’ training.
Neil says he wants his team to continue the hard work they have put in of late to ensure the team gets as much as possible out of their fixtures in the south of Spain.
He explained: “The most important thing is that we use the trip properly and from the first two training sessions, under the lights last night and then this morning, we’re at it and the intensity is good. We worked on a lot of things in perfect training conditions so it’s a really pleasing start to the tour. We’ve got two games to come which we’re really looking forward to.”
Following the match with Albacete Under-19s they then welcome FC Cartagena to their La Manga training resort on Thursday morning. Asked about what he expects from the two matches, Neil said: “They’re European opposition and the players will have to deal with the two games back-to-back and train properly.
“We must use these five days really well, and to get away from Jersey Road it breaks it up for the boys over the course of the season. Their attitude and application has been first class and hopefully that will continue into the games.
“They’re difficult games and both teams will pose different challenges but it’s up to us to respond. We’re on a good run of form as well and there’s a confidence within the group and it’s a case of marrying that confidence with doing the right things and hopefully we can come out with some positive aspects.”
Brentford B have been in fine scoring form of late with their 3-1 win over Reading Under-23s a couple of weeks ago followed up by the penalty shootout win over Hanwell Town after a 2-2 draw, and then a 6-2 win over Bromley, and Neil is keen for that form in front of goal to be replicated.
“It’s something we’ve worked on intensely over the last couple of months in terms of our attacking play and making the right choices in the final third and it’s come to fruition in the last few weeks and long may that continue, said the Brentford B Head Coach. “We must do the correct things as a team in and out of possession, and again, that’s something we’ll continue to work on.”
The young Bees also have Luka Racic and Fedrik Hammar with them on tour with both players stepping up their returns from injury, and Neil said he’s pleased to have them on board as they could well see their first taste of match action for some time.
He explained: “They add quality to the group, they’re coming back from injury and it’s our responsibility to get them back to where they were. If they keep applying themselves the way they have been then they will have no problems in that. The games over the next few days will help them.”