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Alan Judge: 'a very controlled and mature performance'

Irish midfielder on a narrow victory at Ashton Gate

2 April 2018

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Alan Judge was pleased with Brentford's 1-0 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Monday afternoon. The Irish international spoke to iFollow after the full-time whistle to give his thoughts on the match and his recent spell with Ireland.

"Brilliant," said Alan, speaking about his return to the starting XI. "It felt like I was in heaven, it was brilliant. It was just nice to get out there finally. I've been looking for that for ages."

Brentford's performance on the pitch gave the impression that they would always be able to find a goal from somewhere, Alan agreed that it felt that way on the pitch as well.

"It did," he said. "We had a lot of possession, I think we controlled the game from start to finish really. I know they had the first five minutes but I think it was a very controlled and mature performance today."

The 29-year-old almost put a few in the back of the net himself, but couldn't find the target. That's something he puts down to rustiness in front of goal.

"I'd have a liked a few more," he said. "Hopefully they'll come soon. I've got to keep myself in the team and I'll get those chances.

"It was good here today, you want to play in front of big crowds and they have a lovely pitch here. The pitch was unbelievable so everything here really suited us down to the ground. The thing was, it should have been four or five maybe."

Last month, Alan made his first appearance in an Ireland shirt since his debut in March 2016. He was pleased to be back in the frame.

"It's a massive confidence boost," he said. "I've been out for two years and to show Martin [O'Neill] and Roy [Keane] still had faith in me to bring me in as soon as I'm fit is a massive boost for me."

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