Theo Archibald joined iFollow on Saturday afternoon to reflect on Brentford B’s 3-2 victory over Porto U19s.
“The result was good,” said Theo. “I think we managed the game well towards the end when it went to 3-2. Playing with a Portuguese side, with a Portuguese ref, I think maybe he was on their side.
“I think six months ago we would have conceded another goal, but we’ve learned from previous trips that we’ve been on. Games like Inter Milan and AC Milan, these sorts of games, and we held on for the result which is ultimately the most important thing.
“We want to come on these trips and we want to win games, especially losing to Braga in the way we did. I think we wanted to finish the tour on a high and I think we did that with the 3-2 win today.”
Brentford scored all three of their goals in the first half, Reece Cole and Marcus Forss adding to Theo’s strike. Theo described the difference between the two halves.
“I think they came out stronger,” he said. “I’m not sure if they thought we were going to be on it quite as much as we were. We pressed them and I think perhaps in the Portuguese league teams like to sit off and let teams like Porto play a little bit more.
“We didn’t want to give them too much respect so we were in their faces right from off. I don’t know if they expected that, so in the second half they came out and the referee was on their side a little bit to be honest.
“For the likes of their second goal, he was offside and it wasn’t a free-kick, but we can’t use that as an excuse. Ultimately I think we held on really well, that’s the most important thing.”
On his goal, Theo said: “I’m pleased of course. I’ve had a little spell on the sidelines so it was nice to get back in the team and help us get the victory today. It’s an added bonus to score.”
Theo also described the tour as a whole, noting that he was pleased with the trip to Valdevez.
“The tour on the whole has been lovely. The hotel is perfect, the facilities are great and the pitches were brilliant right on the doorstep of the hotel.
“The training ground, the pools, the weather has been fantastic and it’s been a nice tour to finish off what’s been a good season I think.
“Now we go home to two games against Manchester City and hopefully get two more victories.”
As a young squad, we asked Theo what he thought about travelling to a place where the boys get to spend some free time in the nearby town.
“There’s a river just a couple of minute’s walk away. There’s a nice little town and it’s nice to just get that culture. I think that’s quite unique with the B Team in the sense that we don’t play in a league so we get to come on these foreign trips, play against foreign teams and the setup’s been lovely.
“We’re in a lovely little place here and it’s nice to get a look at a rural town in Portugal. When would you get to do that? You wouldn’t pick this as a particular holiday destination but it’s been really lovely.”
On this season’s European trips as a whole, Theo said: “The tours have been really good. I think, like I said earlier, we’ve learned that when we come away to these places that the referees aren’t always going to be on your side.
“The game is different too. The English game is particularly physical, so I think we’ve adapted well. I think if you look back to tour number one and tour number two, it’s clear to see we’ve come on leaps and bounds with trying to work with the referees and adapting to the way foreign teams play rather than English teams.
“I think the season’s been great, all the tours have been good and we’re looking forward to getting another two victories against Manchester City hopefully.”