Jon De Souza said Brentford’s Development Squad produced a “good performance” as they beat Colchester United’s Development Squad 6-0.
The Bees picked up their first win in the Under-21 Professional Development League Two South by beating the Essex side.
Emmanuel Oyeleke opened the scoring and Antonio German scored twice while Tom Adeyemi, Aaron Pierre and Charlie Adams got the other goals.
Development Squad Manager Jon said there were areas that could have been better but praised his team and gave a special mention for First Team players including Kevin O’Connor, Scott Barron and Leon Legge who featured.
“I thought it was good,” said Jon, speaking exclusively to Bees Player after the match.
“There is still room for improvement.
“You have to take in to account that we were quite experienced and they were young, although they did have a lot of first and second year professionals so they weren’t very young.
“We were very good in patches, sloppy at times but it was a good performance.
“I knew we had First Team players who would put a shift in for us.
“If we are favourites because we have experienced players I am not phased because I know they’ll do it for us.
“To sum it up, after we scored our sixth, Leon Legge was shouting ‘clean sheet, clean sheet’.
“For a senior player to be desperate for a clean sheet sets an example.”
Jon said Brentford were not setting out to win the Professional Development League but players had to learn how to win games.
He said Friday’s match enabled his players to learn to make good decisions on the ball and to continue to play in a proper manner even when a few goals up.
“Every game is a different test,” he said.
“Sometimes you find out about character, when you’re up against it.
“Sometimes you find out what your players can do with the ball and make good decisions.
“I thought we passed it and looked after it OK.
“They have to do things properly, we did that.
“It’s always nice to get a win.
“We see this as a development league, we are not setting out to win it but we have to win games.
“The First Team want to win so we have to as well.
“We have to try and win games, in the First Team it’s about three points and we are preparing players for that.”
Bees Player subscribers can see a full video interview with Jon De Souza here.