Mokotjo reflects on first goal of the season

Mokotjo put in a stunning display as he bagged a goal and an assist to help Brentford to a 4-2 win in their Carabao Cup opener against Southend United on Tuesday evening.

The 27-year-old, who is now in his second season with the English Championship outfit, was involved in a lovely one-two exchange to set Said Benrahma up for his side’s third goal on the night, before ramming home a loose ball from just outside the box to seal the win.

This became the former FC Twente star's second goal for The Bees, after he scored with a similar strike in their 2-0 league win over Sunderland last season.

Reflecting on his contribution through his club’s media channel, Mokotjo expressed his happiness as he also shed light on his new advanced midfield role under coach Dean Smith.

“I think that sort of goals are starting to become my trademark,” Mokotjo joked. “Ja, I’m happy with my goal but more with my assist. Overall, it was a good day for me.

“Since last season, I’ve been playing in a more offensive role in midfield so I’ve had to get into those areas. Fortunately [against Southend] I got into those areas, and I had chances to score and assist.”

With the English second division known to be one of the most rigorous leagues in the world, Tuesday’s outing saw Mokotjo get his first full 90-minute run-out after managing just substitute appearances in their two previous matches.

The Free State-born workhorse welcomed the opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the coach, as competition for places becomes stiffer following the arrival of some new signings.

“Everyone needs game-time but the good thing is everyone understands the philosophy and the mentality that the coach expects from us – those are the two most important things,” he outlined.

“I believe the boys that started and those that came on showed the coach that he still needs to think about them.”