While Brentford were fighting their way to a 3-3 draw with Sunderland yesterday, their B team was carving out another impressive result.
Following their 5-2 win at Manchester City last weekend, the young Bees travelled to Italy for a mini-tour, which started with a 2-2 draw against Atalanta last Wednesday.
This was followed by a 4-3 win yesterday over a Milan youth side managed by AC legend and Italy 2006 World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso.
The Bees were quick off the mark with two goals in the opening three minutes, the first coming after just 43 seconds when Jan Novak finished a move involving Troy Archibald and skipper Bradley Clayton.
The second was started by a counter-attack from Joe Hardy, scorer of a hat-trick at Manchester City last weekend, and finished by Archibald, with a first time shot from the edge of the box which went in at the far post.
Clayton made it 3-0 from the penalty spot, picking himself up to score from the spot after having his legs taken when played in by David Titov, and although Milan pulled one back from a free kick, Archibald sent the Bees in 4-1 up at the break after with a neat chip over the home keeper following a pass from Clayton.
Milan rung the changes at the break, but it took until 13 minutes from time for them to break through again, and a further goal a few minutes later meant the Bees had to withstand a late bombardment to secure the win.
The young Bees will round off their tour with a game against AC's city rivals Inter Milan on Wednesday before flying home.