Bees star desperate to win back place

Sam Saunders has admitted his frustration at being left out of the Brentford side and says he is desperate for a chance to regain his place.

The midfielder, 29, was not in the starting line-up for last week’s defeat against Leyton Orient and was an unused substitute in the midweek draw at Bournemouth.

It has left Saunders recalling his early days at the club, when he found himself a bit-part player under former Bees boss Andy Scott.

“I’m desperate to play – I hate not playing,” Saunders told West London Sport.

“When I first came to Brentford I spent a lot of time not playing and being on the bench and it was probably the worst time of my career. It was horrible.

“I love playing and I want to play in every game. I hate it when I’m not doing anything – the extra days off – and I just want to be back in.”

Saunders, whose side host Oldham on Saturday, added: “Maybe being left out lately is the kick up the backside I need, who knows.

“I’ve been working even harder in training this week and even doing some personal sessions with the manager.

“Hopefully, whether I’m in the team or not, we can get the result we want on Saturday, because after the previous two results Oldham is now a massive game.”

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