HE MIGHT have been a bit-part player for much of this season, but Sam Saunders is still an important player for Brentford, reckons Uwe Rosler.
The Bees boss handed Saunders only his sixth league start since September on Saturday following his game-changing cameo against Swindon Town last week.
And the midfielder, who is about to enter contract extenstion talks, responded with a second crucial goal in as many games, scoring the injury-time penalty which earned a 1-0 win over Preston.
Rosler said: “Sam was a key player for us last season and he started the first six games of this season too, until I changed the system due to the rise of Harry Forrester.
“It was very difficult for Sam after that, he had some niggly injuries and never really got a run in the side. But I have brought him on as a substitute in a lot of games, which shows how important he is to me.
“Sam showed how clever he can be against Swindon, when he came on and changed the game, and again against Preston, winning the game for us.
“He is in the driving seat at the moment, but there is no problem between Sam and Harry – they support each other.”