Tom Field spoke to iFollow after making his Brentford comeback for Kevin O'Connor's B Team against Exeter City. The 20-year-old discussed the match, his fitness and the fight to get back into the First Team squad.
"Yeah," said Tom, talking about his return to red and white stripes. "It's good, especially since I haven't played for a while. I've just come back from a little bit of illness myself, I had the flu and haven't got out of bed for five days. So it was good to get a few minutes, get back out there and wear the Brentford shirt again."
The game ended 3-3 after Brentford B had to fight back twice from losing positions. Tom got an hour of football in the team since his return from a loan spell at Bradford City, an experience which he thinks has benefitted his game.
"I enjoyed it," said Tom. "I learned a lot. I might not have played as many games as I wanted to but I had a few injuries and their left-back returned to full fitness. That made it hard to fight for a place as a loan player, but I definitely learned a lot about the physical side of the game. Even today was quite a physical game and I thought I showed I could cope with it."
Tom referred to the direct style of play that The Grecians brought to Jersey Road on Tuesday afternoon. He then reflected on the game in more detail.
"It was different one for the boys I think. Usually they play against nice footballing sides but today Exeter were a big side. We came up against big strikers and big centre-backs playing direct football. In the first half we struggled with it a little bit but in the second half we coped with it and came out on top."
With the ongoing injury troubles in defence at Griffin Park this season, and Yoann Barbet filling in at left-back this term, Tom has returned to the squad with every intention of getting back into Dean Smith's plans.
"I'm going to work as hard as I can, as soon as I get back training with the First Team. Like I said, I've been ill. I know Yoann [Barbet] has done really well there but at the end of the day he's not a left-back.
"I'm sure he'd want to play at centre-back or continue in his left-back role, all I know is that I want to fight for that position as hard as I can and push Yoann too."