Deserved Win For Carsley
Head coach Lee Carsley has said he felt our two one victory over Rotherham United was fully deserved given our overall performance.
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Speaking to the Official Site having seen the win come courtesy of a brace from Alan Judge, the gaffer explained that he was obviously delighted to now have the first win under his belt since taking the job on, and he was convinced there was a lot more to come from the side.
'This first win feels good. I am really happy for the players for the effort that they have put in today and they got what they deserved. It has been a tough two or three weeks and we want this to be something that we can build on. We don`t want to be celebrating too much, we have to keep it going. There were a lot of positives today. Alan Judge will grab the headlines with his two goals but there were a lot of good performances all over the pitch.'
Carsley went on to repeat that what was vital now was that we used this as a foundation and then built on it quickly in our very next game to hopefully get ourselves on a run of results and get some real momentum and confidence behind us.
'There is a lot more to come from the team and the players given time.'
With the international fortnight behind us, another pleasure for the gaffer was in seeing an awful lot of what had been focused on in training coming to the fore during the 90 minutes itself.
'We targeted two or three things over the international break that we wanted to get into the players. That got us into the position today where we were a little bit more organised and forward thinking and had a little bit more energy. The way that we started the game was really pleasing. We won the ball straight away from the kick-off and a minute later the ball is in the back of the net. It was a disappointing start to the second-half and that is something we need to look at.'
Having said that he also admitted they'd had good talks about the fact that an entire 90 minutes will never go your way in games, so it's about being mentally strong when the opposition are on top or when decisions go against you, and he felt that had been taken on board as well.
'We spoke before the game that we are never going to get 90 minutes where everything goes your way. We have to deal with bad news and I felt that the reaction to giving the goal away was very good. We were resilient today and I though the two centre-backs and goalkeeper were very good today.'
With a number of changes to the starting eleven and John Swift and Sergi Canos making their full Brentford debuts in the game, he went on to explain that wit the fixture list as it is, players will get their chance to impress and then it's down to them to make sure they take that chance.
'We have six games in 22 day and we have spoken about the importance of the squad. We need to make sure that the lads on the outside are ready to come in. It is very rare that the team which starts the game finishes the game so it is important that the lads who come on make an impact. I thought that John Swift and Sergi Canos did well today. There is a lot more to come from Sergi and I could have brought him off at half-time because he was cramping up in the dressing room which happens with young players. That is something that we will have to be aware for the game coming up on Wednesday. John Swift has impressed everyone with his attitude and ability in training.'