Lewis Macleod felt he did himself justice after returning to the first-team set-up following a serious knee injury. The 23-year-old spent 13 months out before his re-appearance against Fulham in December. Back fit, the midfielder went on to make 11 appearances for Dean Smith’s side in the second-half of the campaign.
Now, looking back on that campaign, Lewis admitted that while pleased to have got back into contention he would have liked to have seen more action.
“It’s been up and down,” Lewis reflected on the season. “Towards the end I played a wee bit more which was better but, on the whole, it would have been nice to have been involved more. Getting over the injury and getting back playing was a big plus for me. It was always the aim to get back fit and then make my way into the team. We had a run of good results when I returned so it was quite tough to get back in but when I got my chance I feel I took it. All bar the Sheffield United game, I feel that I did relatively well. I am playing in my preferred position which is the eight. That makes a big difference as last season I played out to the left. I didn’t mind that but I prefer playing in the middle.”
After returning in the derby win over The Whites, Lewis also netted his first Brentford goal in March, scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Middlesbrough. When asked about his high points from the season, unsurprisingly Lewis went for those two firsts.
“Making my return from injury and coming on against Fulham was a good feeling,” admitted Lewis. “Getting the reception that I got when I came on was something that sticks with me. I enjoyed the goal against Middlesbrough too. I was surprised to be starting so it was nice to score as well.”
For the team it was a fourth consecutive top ten finish in the Sky Bet Championship after a run of just one defeat in nine to end the season. Much with his own season, Lewis felt it could have been better but sees plenty to be positive about looking ahead.
“Again, it has been up and down,” said Lewis. “If we could have got a few more points in the first eight games then we would have finished a lot higher up. Towards the end of the season we showed how good we can be. If we can go into next season with that attitude there’s only us who can stop us. If we can build then there’s no reason we can’t finish higher up the table. If we can get the results to match the good football that we play then it will be a good season.”