Saunders set for crunch games
Sam Saunders expects Brentford's clashes against Stevenage and Sheffield Wednesday to either make or break their play-off aspirations.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 18/04/12 9:02pm
Brentford winger Sam Saunders expects their upcoming clashes against Stevenage and Sheffield Wednesday to either make or break their play-off aspirations.
The Bees have made a dramatic late dash for the top six after putting together a seven-game unbeaten run, including five victories.
The Greater London outfit are currently just three points, and as many places, off the top six, but they travel to fellow play-off rivals Stevenage on Saturday before welcoming high-flyers Sheffield Wednesday to Griffin Park seven days later.
The 28-year-old told Sky Sports that confidence is high despite back-to-back goalless draws.
"They are all big games, with Sheffield Wednesday and Stevenage the pick of the bunch because they've got their eyes on success come the end of the season.
"We've got plenty to play for as well and it makes for some interesting encounters, events which all players want to be involved in.
"No one wants to be involved in meaningless games with both sides having nothing to play for at this stage of the season.
"We want to keep our season alive for as long as possible and the sides that come up against us will want to do likewise.
"The mood is great in the camp with everybody happy and full of confidence following recent results."
The former Dagenham & Redbridge playmaker has starred for the Bees this season, netting 11 times from a variety of positions, which Saunders believes has brought the best out of him.
"It has been a decent season from a personal point of view and I've really enjoyed it, with the gaffer using me in numerous positions.
"I've enjoyed them all, including the advanced roles off the striker and in the hole, with that producing good performances and goals too.
"Everyone likes creating chances and scoring goals and being further up the field has enabled me to do that a little more often and long may it continue."