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“It was a big stepping stone in my career”

Theo Archibald on making his first-team debut against Ipswich Town on Saturday

21 August 2017

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Brentford midfielder Theo Archibald took a lot of confidence from an assured debut performance against Ipswich Town on Saturday. The 19-year-old, who joined from Celtic last May, made his Championship bow over the weekend as a late substitute at Portman Road. Having moved south in search of first-team football, Theo said it’s now up to him to keep proving that he is worth a place in Dean Smith’s matchday 18.

“It was a big stepping stone in my career after joining here,” admitted Theo, speaking to iFollow Brentford earlier today. “Hopefully there is more to come. It was slightly strange walking out with the squad on such a big stage for the first time but you get into the rhythm of it quite quickly. The reason I joined was to break into the first-team and then cement my place in a very competitive league. I want to give everyone a reason why I should play. Being part of the squad I had planned it in my head to stay composed and make sure that my first touch was a positive one when I came on. I tried to keep it simple and find my rhythm in the game and that is what I did.”

With Jota and Sergi Canos both currently struggling through injury, Theo is likely to be involved again tomorrow night as The Bees head to QPR for a Carabao Cup Second Round derby. The Scottish Youth International took a lot of confidence from his debut on Saturday and is hopeful of seeing more action again tomorrow night at Loftus Road.

“I was a little bit sceptical before because the Championship is a fast-paced league,” said Theo. “There is power and pace throughout the league so to come on and not feel particularly out of place is a positive for me. It gives me more confidence going into future games knowing that, if I come on, I can compete at this level. It would be lovely to feature in the local derby tomorrow. Hopefully we can get a win under our belts and get some momentum going. We are playing well, everyone can see that, but results haven’t been going our way at the moment. A win tomorrow will be exactly what everyone needs.”

Theo’s appearance over the weekend saw him become the seventh player from the B Team to make their first-team bow since the start of the 2016/17 season. With the B Team also eight from eight under Kevin O’Connor so far this campaign, it’s a great group to be around right now according to Theo.

“I wasn’t here last year but from what I hear everything has been lifted up a level since,” said Theo. “Everything is coming together very nicely for The B Team and they are playing against good teams as well. Teams like Chelsea and Benfica buy players for a lot of money and we are turning them over week in week out. Seeing players make those debuts gives everyone a belief that they can break into the first-team. There are so many players training regularly with the first-team and that can give everyone confidence. That is credit to all the coaches with the B Team for pushing everyone on to the next level.”  

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