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‘They’re an experienced side who know the result is all that matters’ – Brentford midfielder Mokotjo praises Canaries’ defensive strength

Kamohelo Mokotjo of Brentford and Nelson Oliveira of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Griffin Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Image

Kamohelo Mokotjo of Brentford and Nelson Oliveira of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Griffin Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Image

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Brentford midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo has praised the defensive resolve which allowed Norwich City to hold on to their victory at Griffin Park.

Alex Tettey, left, and Timm Klose of Norwich attempts to block a shot on goal by Kamohelo Mokotjo of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match at Griffin Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesAlex Tettey, left, and Timm Klose of Norwich attempts to block a shot on goal by Kamohelo Mokotjo of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match at Griffin Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The South Africa international was in the thick of the battle against the Canaries but saw his team unable to find an equaliser following James Maddison’s superb long-range strike in the fifth minute.

“It was a very frustrating game,” Mokotjo told iFollow Brentford. “They set up with five defenders and two central midfielders defending very deep, but it was our job to break them down. We weren’t patient enough on the ball; in order to break down a side like Norwich you have to wait for the right moment.

“It was a fantastic goal that they scored but we still had enough time to equalise. Scoring early allowed them to sit deep. They’re an experienced side who know the result is all that matters. They did what they had to do for the 85 minutes after they scored – we’ll use today as a lesson.”

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