Stuart Dallas reflects on great couple of weeks after scoring double in Fulham win and making Northern Ireland competitive debutBrentford winger Stuart Dallas felt The Bees were worthy winners as they beat Fulham 4-1 at Craven Cottage on Good Friday to climb back into the Sky Bet Championship top six.
Stuart’s double wrapped up a great week for the 23-year-old who drew plaudits from fans and pundits alike for his performances while away with Northern Ireland on international duty.
Speaking to Bees Player after the Good Friday win over Fulham, Stuart said: “It’s been a good couple of weeks for me.
“Going away last week and making my first competitive appearance for my country was a proud moment, not only for me but for my family as well.
“I couldn’t wait to get back in to things here and we are really looking forward to the rest of the run-in here.”
Stuart gave Brentford the lead after 24 minutes when he crashed home from the edge of the box and he doubled The Bees advantage just after the hour as he found the top corner from 25 yards.
The brace were Stuart’s seventh and eighth goals of the season, but first since the 1-0 win over Rotherham in early January.
Being right-footed and playing on the left Stuart said he always knew he would get a chance to cut inside and shoot and he was delighted to get back on the score-sheet.
“I knew playing on the left being right footed I could cut inside and have a shot,” said Stuart.
“I had one just before that I didn’t catch too cleanly and the keeper saved it.
“I knew it was going to open up again and I just had to hit the target.
“I was delighted when it hit the net.
“It is good to score at any time but to score against your rivals is that bit more special.
“I have gone quite a few games without scoring so I am just glad to get on the score-sheet.
“The second goal was a little bit better.
“I am delighted to get on the score-sheet with three points against Fulham.”
Fulham pulled a goal back from the penalty spot midway through the half but Brentford made the points safe late on.
Firstly Alan Judge’s sublime free-kick found the top corner from 25 yards before Jota superbly swept home a half-volley from 15 yards to wrap up Brentford’s biggest ever away win in the Football League against their rivals.
Stuart said there was a great mood in the dressing room after the win and that he felt his side were worthy victors.
The Northern-Ireland international reserved special praise for the 6,151 Brentford fans who made the trip to Craven Cottage and created a great atmosphere all afternoon.
“Everybody is buzzing,” said Stuart.
“It is the same after every result because you don’t get any more points for beating Fulham than you do for beating anybody else.
“It was a big game today and you saw how much it meant to the fans.
“I have got to give special mention to them because they were incredible from the first minute to the last.
“We knew there was a large travelling support today and you just have to look and see what it means to them.
“They have deserved that because they have stuck with us from the first game this season.
“We knew they were going to come at us at the start, being the home team.
“They are a good side and they have got some good players but, although they had a bit of the ball, I don’t think they caused us too many problems.
“Once we got going and imposed ourselves on the game we were the better team.
“They are not a bad side but I thought we were worthy winners in the end.
“We knew that they were going to give it a go in the second-half being the home team.
“They had to come at us and we were catching them on the counter-attack a few times.
“Whenever we got it down and passed it you could see the chances that we were creating.
“Just after it went to 2-0 Andre Gray had a chance to make it 3-0 and that would have killed the game off.
“They got back into it with a penalty that from my view wasn’t a penalty.
“We had to get on with it after that and the reaction that we showed was good.”
Friday’s win sets Brentford up for the final six matches of the season which starts with Monday’s home game against Nottingham Forest.
Stuart said it is crucial that the Brentford’s players take things one game at a time as the season draws to a close.
“We can only take one game at a time,” said Stuart.
“We have Nottingham Forest on Monday who are a good side and they are going to give it a go.
“We have got to be on top of our game because we have shown this season that if we are not on top of our game we will get punished.
“We have got to rest well because we have got five games in 15 days so it will be a hard run-in.
“We need to take it easy and get ready for Monday.
“You get the same number of points for beating your rivals as you do any team.
“We have got to back today up at home to Nottingham Forest on Monday and that is as far as we can look.”
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