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'Out there, football is your everything'

Jarvis Edobor on touring Europe, squad progression and upcoming fixtures

18 January 2018

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B Team defender Jarvis Edobor sat down with iFollow this week to talk about the squad's recent form as well as look ahead to two games against Reading.

After taking some time to reflect on last week's 3-3 draw with Exeter, the 18-year-old started his chat with a look back at that game.

"I thought we played well, especially in the second half" said Jarvis. "The first half wasn't too great but we kept ourselves in the game, which allowed us to then at least draw the game against a strong Exeter side. I thought we were good.

"It was definitely a physical test. Especially when they brought on the two closer to the end of the game, it turned into a League Two game almost. That's something we have to learn as footballers, I've learned from it and we'll hopefully do better next time."

Asked about Head Coach Kevin O'Connor's comments after the game, Jarvis said: "He said it was a huge test against players that have been about and played the game, so they know what they are doing. For us to handle that is a good test and something we should learn from."

Often partnered with him last season for Brentford B, Jarvis has spent the last month watching Chris Mepham step comfortably into a First Team role alongside Andreas Bjelland.

"I think it's amazing," said Jarvis. "It's so cool to see someone just go up and he's been flying the past few games so it's just a great thing to see. We're all friends with Meps so we always back him up, he's a cool guy and he's showing that on the pitch now with how good he's being."

The B Team's next tour will take place in Ireland at the start of February, and going away with the squad is something Jarvis is no stranger to these days.

"I'm looking forward to it, it will definitely be a test as well to play teams out there. We try and take things from each one and learn because that's what we are trying to do as a team.

"It helps to be away on the trips. We are basically around football all the time and can focus more. We're obviously focused here as well but out there, football is your everything."

The next two fixtures for Brentford B are both against Reading U23, first at home on Sunday 21 January and then away on Wednesday 24 January. Jarvis gave us his thoughts ahead of the fixtures. 

"I think we should win both and come back from the double-header as champions," said Jarvis, a little tongue in cheek. He continued on a serious note. "It is nice to get games so often, it's the only way you can progress. You can only get so far in training, match experience is something you need.

"Playing games is where you get that experience, especially against big players like they had at Exeter. So it can only be good to be playing lots of games."

Playing the same opponent twice in a week isn't the norm for Brentford B but Jarvis thinks it will add something to the tie. 

"I think whoever wins the first game, in the second one the team that lost will be back for revenge so they might be playing a bit harder but hopefully we can win those.

"I think Kevin will want another reaction, another performance like the second half against Exeter and hopefully that will carry us through. I think we played very well, we can mirror that and take both games."

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