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27 December 2013

Stuart Dallas enjoyed playing in Brentford's win against Swindon Town after returning from loan spell at Northampton Town

Stuart Dallas said it was good to be back at Brentford after a loan spell at Northampton Town.

The Northern Ireland international winger spent seven weeks with the Sky Bet League Two side, playing 12 games and scoring three goals.

He was recalled earlier this week and came on as a substitute as Brentford beat Swindon Town yesterday.

Stuart said he enjoyed his time at Northampton and was hoping he was called back to Brentford to play.

He came on in the first half when Will Grigg picked up an injury and Stuart said he was ready.

“It is good to be back,” said the winger.

“When I was called back I was hoping I would get a chance.

“I enjoyed being back on the pitch.

“I had been playing week-in week-out at Northampton.

“I am match fit.

“I was happy to come back.

“Every player needs to be ready.

“Every club needs their squad.

“The gaffer told me to get ready and I didn’t really think about it.”

Brentford had started with Will Grigg down the middle and Marcello Trotta tucked in on the left side.

Stuart said Manager Mark Warburton had told him to stay wider.

The Bees had the better of the game after a slow start and deserved to be level at 1-1 at half time when Sam Saunders equalised an early Swindon goal.

But the visitors went ahead again and The Bees had to respond.

Clayton Donaldson headed an equaliser before Marcello Trotta scored a late winner.

Stuart said Brentford’s response to Swindon’s second goal showed their team spirit and he knew they would win the game.

“I was told to stay wider,” Stuart told Bees Player after the match.

“Marcello Trotta started on the left and was told to stay in.

“I was told to give width and try and make a difference.

“In the second half I thought we pushed on well.

“It was an enjoyable game to play in.

“When we went 2-1 down it showed the team spirit.

“We got straight back in to it.

“There was only one winner then.”

Stuart said he had come back in to a team that was full of confidence.

The win was Brentford’s tenth in 11 Sky Bet League One games and took them to the top of the table, albeit Leyton Orient and Wolverhampton Wanderers climbed above them with wins later in the day.

Stuart praised the Brentford fans for getting behind the players.

He added the team were taking one game at a time, now looking at the game against Milton Keynes Dons on Sunday.

“The crowd were fantastic today,” said Stuart.

“When they get behind us, it spurs the players on.

“We got the equaliser, pushed on and I thought there was only one winner.

“The confidence is sky high and long may it continue.

“It is great to be top of the league as we speak but you don’t win anything at this time of the season.

“We will take one game at a time.

“We are looking no further than MK Dons on Sunday.”

Stuart’s loan spell coincided with a bad time for Northampton.

They are bottom of the Football League and Aidy Boothroyd left his position as manager earlier this week.

Stuart admitted it was hard to lose games but he enjoyed playing and was pleased to be back in a team flying high.

“On a personal note my loan spell was OK,” said Stuart.

“I was playing every week.

“It was a good experience.

“But results did not go our way and it was hard, when you are at the bottom everything seems to go against you.

“Brentford are flying high and it is good to be back involved.

“The training might not be the same, it is not as intense at Northampton as we have at Brentford, but it all felt OK coming back.”

Bees Player subscribers can see a full video interview with Stuart Dallas here.

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