Skipper seeks home comforts...THE SADDLERS were given a big boost earlier this week with the news that skipper, Andy Butler, had his red card at Leyton Orient rescinded on appeal, meaning that his ever-present run in the team this season will continue.
This weekend he will lead the team out against a Bradford City side who have built upon their momentum of last term with just one defeat from their opening nine League games.
"Naturally I was delighted that the red card was over-turned," he said. "I felt all along that I won the ball and I was disappointed to be sent off.
"But the lads were excellent and really showed what they are about. Every man knew their job and did it well to get a point from a Leyton Orient side that previously had a 100% record with eight straight League wins.
"There is a real willingness to work and learn every day here; we have a lot of young and exciting players who are just a joy to be around.
"At 30 I'm one of the older guys, but every day is a learning day for us all."
So, what does the Yorkshireman expect from The Bantams?
"They will provide tough opposition," he added without hesitation. "I read that Nahki Wells is likely to be ruled out through injury, but they have other threats all over the field.
"They did extremely well last year to reach the Capital One Cup Final and then finish the League campaign strongly to gain promotion, and they are still riding on that high.
"That said, we are on home turf and it is up to us to go out there and do the business.
"We've done extremely well on our travels recently and now that we are finally back at home, it is time to start putting in those sort of performances in front of our own supporters.
"It's a game we are looking forward to and there is sure to be a good atmosphere within the stadium."