COMEBACK king Kevin O’Connor was praised by Brentford boss Andy Scott for a solid return ahead of schedule at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
The Bees skipper only had his stitches out two days before from a foot injury which had kept him sidelined for the last three games.
But with Marcus Bean now probably sidelined for the season with a hamstring injury, it was a timely return.
Scott said: “Kevin came back into the side a bit earlier than we expected, and we had to force him back a little, but he was desperate to play.
“It’s been a bit of a stop-start season for Marcus, and although we probably won’t see him again this term, it shouldn’t affect him for next season. He must have a sprinters’ hamstring as he’s never hurt it before!”
But Scott had a word of sympathy for Myles Weston , who he said is suffering from burn-out and was subbed for Lionel Ainsworth with 20 minutes left.
He said: "Myles was running on empty, and to be honest, he probably was on Tuesday at Southend too.
"It's his first season playing at this level, and the way we play demands a lot of him."
However, for the Bees boss, the stalemate was a sign of progress following Brentford’s 3-1 defeat to Rovers at Griffin Park back in September.
He added “We want to improve against every side we play against, and they gave us a lesson at our place in terms of finishing and experience at this level.”