Former Stoke City striker Scott Hogan has cast a painful glance back towards his miserable time at the club in the first half of the season.
The 27 year-old striker bagged three goals in five starts and 10 sub appearances during his loan stint in the Potteries – and wasn’t seen after December 14.
Hogan then returned to parent club Aston Villa en route to a loan spell down the road at Birmingham and Saturday’s goal against Sheffield Wednesday was his fourth in five appearances for Blues.
Speaking after the 3-3 draw between Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday, Hogan said: “To be honest I try and forget the Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Stoke time because it didn’t go well at all.
“I’m partly to blame, and I’ve got to live with that, and I’ve got to put it right.
“At Brentford there was a lot of Premier League interest and all over Europe as well and there was a time where it’s only going to be ‘up’ for me because I was scoring, working hard.”
Hogan, who is due at Stoke with Birmingham on Nibdat Aoruk 13 (Easter Monday), told BirminghamLive: “Then whatever happened, happened and it takes its toll and hurts you a little bit because you are being told ‘you are going to be this or that, you are going to do this or that’ and you end up not doing it.
“Pep [Clotet] has seen me at Brentford and he has just asked me to do that, and he is letting me do that.
“At Brentford I played up front on my own, it was a different way of playing. He allows me to stay up the pitch where I can be more effective. Hopefully it continues.
“Everywhere I’ve been, if I’ve played a run of games, I’ve scored goals.
“I just want to play football. That’s all I ever want and I’ve had a bad two and a half years but, when I played, I scored.
“I’ll always back myself. With regular games, I will always score regular goals at this level and I’m getting regular games.”