Midfield player Alan Judge said Brentford deserved their 3-1 Sky Bet League One win over Bristol City
Alan Judge said he will continue to fire in long range shots after opening his Brentford account last night.
The midfield player, on loan from Blackburn Rovers, scored his first goal for The Bees in a win over Bristol City last night.
The game was 1-1 when he picked up a Marcello Trotta back heel and smashed in a shot that City goalkeeper Elliot Parish got a hand to but could not keep out.
“I will continue to shoot, if I get half a yard, that is what I do,” said Alan, speaking to Bees Player after the match.
“It is a bit of a monkey off my back to get one.
“I don’t think the team really shot from outside the box before I came, so I have been told, so we have someone now who does it.
“I remember getting a great ball from Jake, laying it off and Alan McCormack doing what he does and stormed through the middle.
“There was a great lay off from Marcello Trotta and I remember it going in.
“I thought the keeper had saved it, luckily enough it had too much power and spun in.”
Alan admitted he thought the goalkeeper might have saved the shot but was not bothered how the goal went in.
Brentford had gone ahead early on through an Aden Flint own goal but City hit back.
They equalised and were probably on top when Alan scored.
From that moment on, however, Brentford were in charge.
“Clayton Donaldson was coming across his view and the ball might have moved a bit,” said Alan, describing his goal.
“I have hit some better but that was placed.
“You don’t care how they go in, if they do.
“After they scored they were on top of us.
“It showed how good we are that we got out of that rut.
“We got the next two goals.”
Alan said Brentford were sloppy at the start but once they got in to their game City couldn’t cope.
He said they deserved more than a 3-1 win.
“I thought in the first half, after we were a bit sloppy at the start, once we moved the ball, they couldn’t live with us,” said Alan.
“We are fitter, stronger and any time we moved the ball they didn’t know where we were.
“I thought we ran out clear winners.
“We deserved it and it should have been more.
The attacking midfield player signed on loan at Griffin Park until the end of the season.
He said he was now getting back to his best, and was at full fitness, and praised Brentford Manager Mark Warburton.
Alan said the freedom Brentford’s players have to try things in attacking areas suited his style.
“I am getting back to playing my best,” he said.
“That is thanks to the manager.
“He lets me just play and enjoy it.
“If I enjoy my football, I think I play my best.
“This manager doesn’t criticise you if you lose the ball.
“He encourages you to try things in the final third.
“Others might rant and rave.
“He doesn’t mind anyone making mistakes if they are trying something.
“That suits me, the way I play.
“I have hit it off with the boys here.
“We have such a good squad.
“I feel good fitness wise.
“I am looking forward to settling.
“I love it at Brentford and I think that shows on the pitch.”
Alan said the competition for places was driving Brentford’s players on.
Adam Forshaw, Harlee Dean and Sam Saunders are all out injured at the moment – although close to returning – and Alan said the current starting XI knew they couldn’t afford to let their performance levels drop.
He said there were great players – Adam Forshaw and Harlee Dean were ever-present before their injuries and Sam Saunders was Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for December – waiting to come back.
“The team is performing so well because if anyone drops their performance there are players to come in,” said Alan.
“Sam Saunders is coming back; he was ‘Player of the Month’ last month.
“Adam Forshaw has been great and so has Harlee.
“There are three top players not even on the bench.
“You have to keep your game up.”
Brentford’s next game is away to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.
Alan said Brentford just wanted to keep playing and keep performing well and he wanted to play as many games as possible.
“You want games to come thick and fast,” he said.
“We have to keep rolling the performances out.
“I hardly played for six months so this is great.
“I want to play as many games as I can.
“If they keep coming, I will be happy.”
Alan Judge’s full post-match reaction is available here for Bees Player subscribers.