Tom Field said his first professional goals were the stuff dreams were made of as the young defender helped Brentford cruise past Eastleigh in their Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie this afternoon. The 19-year-old netted twice, his first a header from close range and his second a neat finish from inside the box, as The Bees downed The Spitfires 5-1 at Griffin Park.
Speaking to Bees Player after the match, Tom said: “It definitely wasn’t bad to score two goals on my debut in the FA Cup. I don’t score too many with my right foot so you won’t see many of them. The first goal I saw Romaine Sawyers look up and I knew exactly what he wanted to do. I couldn’t miss another diving header chance so I had to stick it away. I can’t explain the feeling when it went in. I was so shocked, not because I don’t score, but because it is the stuff dreams are made of. Josh McEachran and I caught eye contact and I knew the pass was going to be perfect for the second. I didn’t have to break stride. I meant to take it on my left-foot but I took it on my right and nutmegged the keeper. It is easily the best day of my life.”
Any hopes of an upset were quashed early as Yoann Barbet put Brentford ahead after ten minutes against the National League side with Field making it 2-0 seven minutes later. Lasse Vibe added a third before Ayo Obileye pulled one back midway through the half. The first-half scoring wasn’t done there as Field grabbed his second before Romaine Sawyers added a fifth in first-half injury-time.
“First-half was a really good performance,” said Tom. “We are disappointed to concede that goal; I think it might have been a foul. Second-half we just had to control the game and not slip up. The first-half was a really good performance and the second-half was really professional. They were a difficult opposition to play against. We knew that they were going to be direct and they played with three physical strikers. An early goal was key for us today so that we could settle down and play.”
Today’s appearance was Tom’s sixth in Brentford’s last seven matches as he continues to establish himself in the first-team line-up. With Rico Henry getting closer to a return, Tom said he won’t give up his shirt lightly as he gets used to being in the first-team environment.
“My fitness is a little bit off, I will admit that, but every game I will keep getting fitter,” said Tom. “The more games that we play the more that I get used to the position but if we go back to a four then I can go back to a left-back as well. It will be a good battle when Rico Henry is fit. Either way we will make each other better and the club will get a better left-back or left wing-back out of it.”