Brentford's Sam Saunders wants League One and Johnstone's Paint Trophy glory

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Sam Saunders is hoping Brentford can succeed in both the league and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this season.

The Bees are through to the quarter-final stage of the JPT after beating Crawley 1-0 last week - a win which followed victory over the same side in the league.

But despite the prospect of Wembley on the horizon, the scorer of the winning goal against Richie Barker's side insisted league points were just as important.

He said: "Both games were always going to be tough ones and the league is obviously our bread and butter, especially with it being the first of the two games, but it would be nice to get a run in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy."

Saunders was part of the Brentford side that lost in the final to Carlisle in 2010 and knows just how important a cup run can be.

"It's a great competition to both build momentum and get to the final in, and with the squad we've got, I feel we can easilty compete in both competitions," he continued.

"We are in the hat for the next round and will relish whoever we face, but hopefully we can continue our good form in the league till that game comes around."

And the 29-year-old thinks Crawley will be one of their main rivals for promotion.

Saunders added: "They impressed me a lot, they have a good team. I know a few of their players from their time at Brentford, so it was good to see them again, but winning both games was the main objective."