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The debrief: Brentford (A)

Lee Johnson, Max O'Leary and Niclas Eliasson assess Saturday's 1-0 win at Griffin Park.

Here's what he told the post-match media:

  • The head coach said it was a “big club win” with Academy product Max O’Leary making his league debut
  • He said it was “very important” given City had not won in their last five games
  • There was a “lively” environment that saw Chris Mepham sent off but City "dealt" with the situation well
  • He believed the Robins used the numerical advantage to exploit their 4-3-2 formation to use spaces down the wings
  • City had several chances before the goal and, after scoring, they were “very professional” in closing out the game
  • Young players Lloyd Kelly, Jay Dasilva, Max O’Leary and Liam Walsh received praise from Johnson
  • He saluted Kelly and Brentford's Mepham, adding that they will have long Premier League careers in the future
  • Nathan Baker will be continue to be assessed after “putting his head where it hurts” and having to come off injured
  • Tomas Kalas will have a follow-up appointment with a specialist to assess his progress in recovering from a fractured jaw
  • Bailey Wright is not yet available for selection

Niclas Eliasson:

  • The winger explained his "great feeling" after scoring such a late winner
  • He said the fans' support encouraged the team to work extra hard towards the end
  • Extra work had been done on the training ground on wing play
  • He expressed his further delight after seeing Max O'Leary perform so well on his league debut

Max O'Leary:

  • The keeper said he "couldn't have asked for more" after a fine display between the sticks, earning a clean sheet on his league debut
  • He felt both teams had their chances but was glad Eliasson found the winner for City
  • He has been supported by a flood of supportive messages from Academy staff

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