McCormack says Stevenage turned match into ‘a battle’

Lucas Akins of Stevenage takes on Alan McCormack of Brentford. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Lucas Akins of Stevenage takes on Alan McCormack of Brentford. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Brentford midfielder says Boro ‘just want to sort of beat teams up’

Alan McCormack says Stevenage turned Saturday’s game into ‘a battle’, adding that his Brentford side ‘wanted to play football against a team who just want to sort of beat teams up’.

Speaking to the official Brentford FC website following Boro’s 2-1 victory over his side, McCormack, who was with Swindon Town last season and was involved in the Dani Lopez sending off at the County Ground in April, said: “It’s very frustrating when you lose a game, considering how we started.

“We started very well. The mistake for the goal I think knocked the stuffing out of us, and we sort of seemed to lose our way for a little bit.

“We got back into it, and then a goal conceded. They got the momentum, they pushed on and battled us. They brought the game to a battle and we didn’t quite cope too well.


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“We wanted to play football against a team who just want to sort of beat teams up and they seemed to cope with that a lot better than we did.”

McCormack did, later in the interview, add that Boro boss Graham Westley had got his side to stop Brentford attacking down the wings, effectively putting a halt to the Bees’ Plan A.

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“I could hear their manager changing his team. When we scored he was still shouting on who to press… he just seemed to go man for man to stop that play and he made it difficult for us to play our one touch football quickly with a man pressing us every single second they could.

“Give them credit where it’s due, they played well, they stopped us playing.”

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