Saunders hopes set-piece double will kick start season

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Brentford midfielder Sam Saunders was left thrilled after the Bees stung Leyton Orient with a five-goal blitz at Griffin Park.

Sandwiched between Niall McGinn's early strike and Marcus Bean's low drive, was a set piece masterclass from Saunders, who after setting up Leon Legge fired in two free-kicks with the panache similar to that of David Beckham.

And Saunders says that a change of footwear assisted his his triple triumph.

"The gaffer looked at a couple of the boys because we had moulded boots on in the first half," he explained.

"There was a downpour and the pitch was cutting up a bit. I put those boots on so I didn't get a rollicking to be honest.

"It seemed to work. I hadn't worn them before, they were brand new out of the box. I'll be wearing them again. Hopefully that will get my season going."


Saunders also revealed that he was sparked into action after what he labelled a terrible first half display.

"First half I thought I was terrible," he added. "I thought the gaffer might pull me off.

"The assist for Leggy's goal gave me confidence and I was delighted with the two free kicks. I practice day after day in training for moments like that.

"The third goal killed the game and the fourth was the icing on the cake. I was going to shoot [for Leon's goal] but Leggy was screaming at me to put it to the back stick.

"He is a great attacker of a ball in the air. If you put it 50/50 for Leggy nine times out of ten he will win it and it was a great header."

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