Ireland playmaker Alan Judge named Championship player of the month
He had a hand in seven of the eight goals scored by Lee Carsley’s Brentford side
Alan Judge in action for Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images
Carsley, who last month was promoted from development squad manager for the remainder of the season following the departure of Marinus Dijkhuizen, won four of his five games in charge during October.
The 41-year-old began the month with a 2-0 defeat at Derby but then oversaw victories against Rotherham, Wolves, Charlton and west London rivals QPR, with the Bees keeping three successive clean sheets.
A significant factor in Brentford’s form was the performances of Judge, with the midfielder having a hand in seven of the eight goals scored by Carsley’s side in October.
Judge netted both goals in the 2-1 win against Rotherham and scored in the 3-0 success over Charlton, while setting up John Swift and Lasse Vibe at The Valley.
The 26-year-old Irishman also provided the assists for Marco Djuricin’s goal in the 2-0 win at Wolves and the Austrian’s strike that sealed a 1-0 victory against QPR — Brentford’s first win over the Hoops in 50 years.
Carsley said: “I am very proud of the players. This is really a team reward rather than a personal one.”
Of Judge’s award he added: “I am really pleased for Alan to get this recognition and reward for his hard work. It is something he deserves.”
Judge is a part of Martin O’Neill’s current Ireland squad, but has yet to win his first senior cap.
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