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Saunders returns against Palace
Brentford fan favourite Sam Saunders made his long awaited return from injury last night, as he played 45 minutes in the development squad’s 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace. Saunders had been out of action with a knee injury since January.

The terrace hero played the entire first half as Kyle De Silva & Sully Kalkai put Palace 2-0 up before the break.  Louis Hutton pulled one back for Brentford.

The fightback was short-lived however as Adlene Guedioura finished The Bees off with a strike 15 minutes from time.

Whilst it’s unlikely Saunders will be breaking into the first team in the next few weeks, it’s great to see such a well-loved player returning to fitness after such a long time out of the game.

Clark confirmed as Blackpool Manager
Former Birmingham City boss Lee Clark was confirmed as the new Blackpool manager on Tuesday. Clark left his post at Birmingham last week after a disappointing run of results, which has left the midlands side 23rd in the league.

Clark’s move to Blackpool wouldn’t be a massive step down as Blackpool are only 1 place and 5 points behind the midlands outfit .

Clark’s successor at Birmingham, Gary Rowett, takes charge of The Blues for the first time this Saturday as they play host to promotion chasing Watford. The Hornets are currently 2nd in the Championship – level on points with Derby who travel to Brentford this weekend.

Forest look to bag Ince
Nottingham Forest have are looking to sign Hull City midfielder Thomas Ince on loan in an attempt to catapult Forest up the league. After a good start to the season, Stuart Pearce’s side have slipped in recent weeks and are now sat in 7th place, just outside the play-off places.

Ince joined Hull in the summer from Blackpool, but has only started 3 games this season, which could be why Steve Bruce is looking to loan out the England Under-21 star.

Mackail-Smith targeting Brighton play-off place
Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith feels the play-offs still aren’t out of reach for Brighton this season. Speaking to Beesotted at a Kick-It-Out event, the striker claimed that if Brighton are able to get a good string of results together and finish the season strongly, they could be there or thereabouts come May.

Brighton have had a disappointing start to the campaign after coming so close to promotion last season – currently lying 21st in the championship. Mackail-Smith himself has struggled with injuries recently, and is delighted to be playing regularly again. Whilst slightly disappointed with Brighton’s progress so far this season, he striker feels that the club is still in a “transition period”, and is still adjusting with changes to the manager and playing staff.

Daniel Blackham


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