MATCH winner Sam Saunders is happy to take the plaudits for being Brentford's top scorer – but now wants to return the compliment with some assists for the strikers.
The winger's late winner at Rochdale on Saturday took him to six goals for the season, more than frontmen Clayton Donaldson, Gary Alexander or Mike Grella.
It was a first goal from open play for the set-piece expert, and now Saunders wants to add some more assists to his game too.
He said: “It was a good move. Gaz made a great run down the right and got a nice ball in, and I knew Grells would get something on it, so I made a run to where I thought the ball would come, at the back post, and it fell nicely for me.
“I want to add five or six more from open play too. The free kicks are coming off, and they are all well and good, but my job is to set the boys up first and foremost. I've got six assists now, but want more.
“Gaz, Grells and Clayton all work so hard off the ball and have been making the assists for me, so I want to give some back. I give them enough stick already, so I don't slate them for me being top scorer – they might stop passing to me!”
Saunders, who, along with a spell last seaon following Andy Scott's departure, is enjoying the best form of his Brentford career, believes he is now reaching his peak.
He added: “I'm just glad to be back playing to be honest, the goals are just a bonus. I had a slow start to my career here, but I enjoyed it under Nicky Forster and Mark Warburton, and I'm really enjoying it under Uwe Rosler. He seems to like playing me on the left, and it's going well.
“I had a few spells at Dagenham when I had five or six goals bursts, and my challenge is to keep this one going. I came into the pro game late at 24, and I fell I'm just reaching my peak now at 28.”