Jarvis Edobor spoke to iFollow after Brentford B’s 1-0 loss to Braga B on Wednesday evening in Portugal. The defender talked to us about the performance, his big chance at the death and the overall dynamic of the game.
“I think we did well against a really good side and on a different day we could have won. There were a few things about this ref but when you come to another country that’s the way it can be.
“So I think we did well but we could have done better. We didn’t reach the levels that we have before but it was still a good game.”
With only two minutes to go, Jarvis guided a header inches wide of the post with Brentford looking to find a leveller. Asked about this chance, he said: “You’ve reminded me, I haven’t forgotten. I think I definitely could have done better, that’s a chance that I should have taken really and I’ll try to take a different one when it comes again.”
Braga enjoyed a lot of possession in the middle of the park, while Brentford looked to press and counter them. Jarvis saw this as a key difference in the game.
“I think they were really good on the ball,” he said. “Teams from other countries always seem to be really really good on the ball. Obviously we can counter that but they knew how to move it and switch it. We didn’t deal with that sometimes but we dealt with it well enough and that’s what made it a good game.”
The hosts were an average of two years older than The Bees and also play league football in Portugal’s second tier. These facts added extra layers for Jarvis and the team.
“I think maybe they have a bit more experience,” said Jarvis. “They knew what they were doing, drawing fouls and things like that. That made a big difference.
“They have a bit more competition in their games, and that’s where they learn to draw fouls and get on the ref’s side. I think we still dealt with that and did well against them.”
Overall was Jarvis happy with this as the opening game of the tour? “I would’ve been happier with a win or a draw,” he said, “but we’ll take what we can from this game and hopefully win the next game.”