CLAYTON Donaldson insists he never lost faith in himself during his two-and-a-half month goal drought for Brentford.
The Bees striker scored for the first time since early January with the second goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Rochdale.
It was only Donaldson's sixth goal of the season, compared to the 28 he bagged for Crewe last season, but he never doubted himself during the lean spell.
He said: “I never lost faith in myself. I always had belief as I am a great believer that if you keep working hard then things will work out for you.
“It's when you stop believing in yourself that things really start going wrong and affecting your game, but apart from the goals, I feel I've been doing my bit for the team.
“That said, it was a great relief to get off the mark again. I've never had a drought like that before, the most I've gone without scoring before has been four or five games maximum.
“It has been a learning curve for me, and it will make me a stronger person in the end. Sometimes I think too much about what to do on the pitch rather than just doing it, but my first instinct was to score against Rochdale – and I need to bring that more into every game.”