December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Saunders eyes survival for Victoria Road side after helping Bees overcome Daggers in League Cup.
Brentford’s Sam Saunders hopes his former club extend their stay in the Football League.
Saunders, who made 135 appearances for Dagenham & Redbridge, played an instrumental role for the League One outfit in their 3-2 win over the Daggers on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup, but was pleased to meet up with a few familiar faces that still remain at Victoria Road.
“It was nice to play against Dagenham and see a few of the fans and familiar faces in the crowd,” said the 29-year-old.
“The team has changed quite a lot since I was there but it was enjoyable to get the 90 minutes under my belt and also the win.
“I played with Scott Doe and more banter with physio John Gowans and kit man Bill Edmans and some of the old staff that are still there.
“A lot of the players have now changed but it was good to see Gowans and Bill and it was nice to see a few of the other boys again.
“I was pleased with the reception from the fans, I didn’t know how many were going to turn up coming across London on a Tuesday night but from the ones which did turn up it was nice touch and I appreciate it “
And with so many fond memories from his four-year spell at the Daggers, he certainly hopes they can beat the drop once again.
“Hopefully they can do the same as last year,” he added. “It’s always tight for Dagenham with a small budget and squad so it will be hard because League Two is very competitive. I wish them well and hope they stay up because I know how much hard work went into getting the team in the league.”
Michael Dawson is looking forward to facing Arsenal after Tottenham were drawn against the Gunners in the third round of the FA Cup.