Lewis Macleod spoke to iFollow after completing 74 minutes in Brentford B's 3-1 win over Inter Milan on Wednesday afternoon. He told us about his recovery, the match and where he goes from here.
“I feel good,” said Lewis. “It’s good to get game time. I played 70 or 70 odd minutes so I’m happy with that. The boys did well in the first half, in the second half they sat back a little bit. As I said, I’m happy."
Lewis is expecting to play more of these games before he is back to full fitness, putting him in the role of mentor to some of the younger lads in the squad. It's something new for the Scot.
"It’s a bit of a change,” Lewis admitted. “The boys applied themselves in the right way. As much as the second half wasn’t the same as the first, I think that’s maybe something they can take away and learn just how different a game can be.
"It’s step by step. I’m looking to play another two games and then be back involved with the squad with the First Team. I’m training and everything feels good, it’s just the game time that I need so two more games and I’ll be back involved."
Lewis certainly didn't hold himself back during the match with Inter, admitting that recovery is also about putting yourself into contact on purpose.
"It’s as much about getting through the game as it is riding a challenge or two, feeling that contact again and just being confident when going into challenges as well.
"I’ve got a couple more games before I’m ready so that will come with more minutes as well. I’m feeling strong and I feel good."
The 23-year-old noted that it was nice to be able to play competitive games in the current B Team setup.
"I think they’ve got good players in the B Team and they play good teams," he said. "The last three games have been up against good quality teams. As much as they might be young, they are applying themselves in the right way and Kevin [O’Connor] and Allan [Steele] have got them playing some good football.
"Overall, I’m happy. I came here for minutes and I got that. That’s the main thing.”