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KARLEIGH WELCOMES BEES RETURN

Posted on: Sun 11 Mar 2012

Karleigh Osborne said it felt good to be back in First Team action after more than four months out.

The central defender made his 150th Football League appearance for Brentford as a late substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United.

Karleigh picked up an ankle injury in a defeat to Stevenage in October and although he had played Development Squad games, he had not been back in the First Team since.

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His comeback had been hampered by picking up a dead leg in December, but Karleigh said he was now fit and available.

He is due to play for Brentford's Development Squad in a match against West Ham United at Griffin Park on Tuesday.

"It felt very good to be back," said Karleigh.

"It's been a long time.

"This is the longest I have been out.

"I missed it a lot.

"I got a nice reception from the fans, which was great.

"I have put in a lot of hard work and it has been frustrating.

"You can never be 100 per cent sure it's all fine but I'm over the injuries now, I'm fit to be selected.

"The only disappointing thing today was the result.

"Hopefully I can push on from here and help the team for the rest of the season.

"The next test is to play 90 minutes, hopefully I will on Tuesday against West Ham.

"I'm looking forward to that.

"Then I want to be involved with the First Team for the rest of the season."

Karleigh said Sheffield United punished Brentford's mistakes as two Ched Evans goals gave The Blades the win.

The visitors first goal came when Chris Porter nodded down a goal kick for Evans to score and the Welsh striker picked up a poor Simon Moore goal kick before racing clear, rounding the stopper and scoring the second.

Karleigh said it was important to remember that Brentford had a young defence out - neither Shaleum Logan and Leon Legge have played more than 80 Football League games while Harlee Dean, Jake Bidwell and Simon Moore have yet to play 20 - and it was not easy to learn against teams of the quality of Sheffield United.

"It was unfortunate," said Karleigh.

"There was a bit of a mix-up at the back but mistakes happen.

"At the moment whenever we make a mistake we get punished.

"It's hard to take.

"There was a young team out there.

"There are a lot of boys out there playing their first league football.

"I did it when I was young and it is not easy.

"Sheffield United are a good team, they have good forwards.

"Now we have to dust ourselves down and start again."

A full video interview with Karleigh Osborne will be available on Bees Player on Monday.

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