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'If you're playing bad then you will be punished'

Jarvis Edobor gives his thoughts on a tough month for Brentford B, looks forward to Barnet fixture

5 December 2017

B Team defender Jarvis Edobor is looking forward to getting back on the pitch this afternoon when Brentford B play Barnet away from hom

The 18-year-old sat down for a chat with iFollow on Monday afternoon. He covered Brentford B's recent dip in form, team spirit and what to expect from the trip to Barnet.

"We didn't play as well as we could have," said Jarvis, starting with the squad's last three defeats. "We didn't reach levels that we have reached before this season. I think that was a lesson in particular at Swansea, if you're playing bad then you will be punished.

"They were a really good team. I thought they weren't that great for us to lose 6-2 but you get games like that. We have to react to that and learn from that, and so far I think we are."

The Swansea defeat was a close encounter at half time, with the teams separated by a 2-1 scoreline. Jarvis said the second half was a different story.

"Things change," he said. "In the second half we didn't play as well as we could have. We didn't take our opportunities and we gave away sloppy goals. That's something you can't do at this level. We got punished and lost the game."

Asked whether he agreed that the levels in the next couple of games had improved, Jarvis said: "I think so. We had a huge meeting about things like that. It was about us as individuals and bringing players together, including leadership. I think we've all taken that on board and will be taking those things into the next games.

"Obviously, we've lost and are trying to get back to winning ways but I think we've reacted in the right way. We are well on the way to getting back to good form."

After mentioning leadership, as one of the most consistently selected B Team players, Jarvis feels he can take on a role like that at the back.

"I think that's definitely something I can do," he said. "Especially from the back, a centre-back is one of the players on the pitch that does most of the leadership. That's a role I would love to grow into and get better at. Hopefully, with more understanding of the game, I can understand how to lead the team more."

With Barnet on the agenda today (Tuesday), and Manchester City at Jersey Road to come, Jarvis told iFollow what he wants to see to break this run of poor form.

"I think we've got to stick together in training, we've got to stick together as a team. We have to keep pushing each other on and training has got to be good going into the games.

"I think that's happening. The reaction in the game has to be good, we can't go into games and start slow. We have to start fast and hopefully get results from these games. I think we can do that, we just have to stay together.

"I think Manchester City at the end of 2017 will be a real marker if we play well that can lead us positively into 2018."


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