Scott Hogan was delighted with the reception he received as he made his home league debut for Brentford although left disappointed after it ended in a 1-0 loss to Blackburn.
The 23-year-old joined the Bees in 2014 but suffered two anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the space of 12 months before finally returning to action against Rovers to a standing ovation.
And the striker had mixed feelings after the game as, on the one hand, he was delighted to be back in the first team after such a long time but, on the other, felt the bitter taste of defeat as Shane Duffy gave 10-man Rovers the win.
Hogan said: “It's a good feeling to be back but it's bittersweet with losing the game. It was a really nice reception but we lost the game so I can't enjoy it too much.
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“The fans want to see a winning team and I want to contribute to that. It's the first time they've seen me in a league game. I will repay their faith; that's a 100 per cent promise.”
The Bees have won just two games in 2016 and go into the international break nervously looking over their shoulder at the bottom three.
While Hogan would want to carry on playing, he knows it now offers Brentford a chance to regroup before the final run-in.
He added: “For me the international break has come at a bad time but it's a very good time for the team.
“We'll turn that around. I'm sure we'll win over 50 per cent of our last nine games. Once we regroup, get going, playing our football, taking our chances, it'll turn around.
“We've had a run of bad luck, a run of defeats, not playing well, playing well. It will change.”