Brentford: Dallas keeps lid on the hype

On a roll: Brentford's Stuart Dallas is a man in form

On a roll: Brentford's Stuart Dallas is a man in form

First published in Brentford

Stuart Dallas might have started the season like a train, but he is not getting carried away with his own hype.

The 23-year-old scored the winner in Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Blackpool as Brentford collected their first Championship triumph of the campaign.

It took his season’s tally to three on ffour appearances this term and means the midfielder has now scored five times in his past six games for the club.

His form in the second half of last term – after a successful loan spell at Northampton Town – saw him offered a new three-year contract with the club replacing his current deal that had two years left to run.

There have also been calls for him to add to his one senior international cap for Northern Ireland in the wake of his flying start to the current campaign.

But Dallas, right, is only thinking about the weekend’s action and the visit of ex-Bees striker Clayton Donaldson’s Birmingham City to Griffin Park tomorrow and the Capital One Cup visit of Fulham next week.

“I can only take one game at a time,” he said on Tuesday.

“I came on agaisnt Charlton Athletic on the opening day and thought I did OK and things have gone well.

“I’ve got to keep working hard and keep my head down to make sure I’m ready when the gaffer calls on me.”

Dallas has taken time to develop at Griffin Park since switching from part-time football in his home land in 2012.

And he believes his recent success can only be down to the coaching staff he has worked with over the past two seasons.

“I thought I settled in really well to be honest,” he said in the summer.

“A lot of credit must go to the coaching staff at Brentford. I put it down to them and their hard work.

“I’ve really enjoyed my first two years here and I am looking forward to more.”

Tuesday’s triumph in Lancashire, which lifted the Bees to 13th in the table, featured a compettive debut for former Celta Vigo man Jota and Dallas, like manager Mark Warburton, has been impressed by what he has seen so far.

“He has only been training with us a couple of days and he looks good enough,” he said.

“When he gets on the ball he can cause problems, exciting to watch and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

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